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Below, you will find information regarding our 2020-2021 leadership team.  We invite you to contact us with any questions, concerns, or suggestions.

 

    Ken Koehn, CLM, CPA, CMA
President
Gould & Ratner LLP
president@alachicago.org
312-899-1620

 

The President is an officer and has primary responsibility for managing the organization and providing a common direction to the Board and Chapter as a whole. Click here for complete description.


 
  Mary Ann Rojas, CLM
Vice President / President-Elect
Goldberg Kohn
maryann.rojas@goldbergkohn.com
312-201-4000
 

The Vice President is an officer and has the primary responsibility to assist the President in fulfilling his/her duties and acting in place of the President when asked to do so or when the President is unable to act. Click here for complete description.


 
  Jose Cheesman, CLM
Vice-President Elect / Treasurer
Hall Prangle & Schoonveld, LLC
treasurer@alachicago.org
312-267-6974

 

 

The Vice President-Elect is an officer and has the primary responsibility to assist the President and the Vice President in fulfilling their duties.; The Vice President-Elect shall serve concurrently in another role on the Board and shall have previously served or be serving in a Director or Officer role. Click here for complete description.

The Treasurer is an officer and has primary responsibility for all financial information during his/her term of office. Click here for complete description. 

 
  Patricia Winter, CLM
Secretary

Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff
pwinter@fgppr.com
312-863-5006

 

 

The Secretary is an officer and has primary responsibility for recording all proceedings of the Board. Click here for complete description. Click here for complete description.  

 
  Maria Black
Membership Director

Ogletree Deakins
membership@alachicago.org
(312) 558-1259
 
 
The Membership Director has primary responsibility for maintaining the records of membership. Click here for complete description.
 
  Logan Handibode
Special Events Director
Cunningham Meyer & Vedrine, P.C.
lhandibode@cmvlaw.com
(312) 589-6788
 
 
The Special Events Director is responsible for identifying and fulfilling the special events planning needs for the Chapter. Click here for complete description.
 
  Betsy Kopczynski
Communications & Newsletter Director

Epstein Becker & Green
bkopczynski@ebglaw.com
(312) 499-1475
 
 

The Communications & Newsletter Director is the Chapter’s communications link to the membership. Click here for complete description.

The Newsletter Director has primary responsibility for promoting the Chapter through written materials. Click here for complete description. 


 
  Barbara Javorcic, CLM, CPA
Survey Director
Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP
bjavorcic@marshallip.com
312-474-9533
 
 
The Survey Director has primary responsibility for producing the Chapter’s annual Salary Survey and any other surveys that may be designated by the Board. Click here for complete description.
 
  Laura Sears, CLM
Past President / Historian

Gould & Ratner LLP
lsears@gouldratner.com
(312) 899-1660

 

 

The Past President serves as an adviser to the President.

The Historian acts as a resource for Chapter historical information and maintains the records of the Chapter’s history. Click here for complete description.


 
  Rita R. Nielsen, CLM, PHR, SHRM-CP
CLM Director
Locke Lord LLP
rita.nielsen@lockelord.com
(312) 201-2220
 
 
The CLM Director shall be responsible for designing and developing the CLM Study Group curriculum based on the components of the Certified Legal Manager Examination. The CLM Director will also chair and coordinate the CLM Study Group, and plan one Brown Bag event that would qualify for CLM credit. Click here for complete description.

 
  Kat Denk
Business Partner Relations Director

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
businesspartners@alachicago.org
(312) 602-5035
 
 
The Business Partner Relations Director has primary responsibility for maintaining relationships with vendors to the legal community and all efforts to publicize and promote the Chapter to the legal community and the community at-large. Click here for complete description.

 
  Suzanne Florez-Bonville, CLM
Professional Development Director
Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth LLC
professionaldevelopment@alachicago.org
(312) 422-9967
 
 
The Professional Development Director is responsible for providing professional development resources, information, and program to the chapter’s members. Professional Development deals with the documentation and assessment of the overall skill requirements necessary for legal administrators to perform their jobs competently, as well as determine the programmatic and educational means for developing those skills. Click here for complete description.