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Below, you will find information regarding our 2019-2020 leadership team.  We invite you to contact us with any questions, concerns, or suggestions.

 

    Laura T. Sears, CLM
President
Gould & Ratner LLP
president@alachicago.org
312-899-1660

 

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.


 
  Ken Koehn, CLM, CPA, CMA
Vice President / President-Elect
Gould & Ratner LLP
KKoehn@gouldratner.com
312-899-1620
 

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.


 
  Mary Ann Rojas, CLM
Vice-President Elect / Small & Mid-Size Firm Director
Pugh, Jones & Johnson, P.C.
mrojas@pjjlaw.com
312-768-7800

 

 

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.

The Small & Mid-Size Firm Director has primary responsibility for identifying and fulfilling the educational needs of Chapter members in this area.


 
  Jose Cheesman, CLM
Secretary / Treasurer

Hall Prangle & Schoonveld LLC
jcheesman@hpslaw.com
312-267-6974

 

 

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

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


 
  Patricia Carey
Large Firm Director

McGuireWoods LLP
pcarey@mcguirewoods.com
312-849-8210
 
 
The Large Firm Director has primary responsibility for identifying and fulfilling the educational needs of Chapter members in this area. 
 
  Kat Denk
Membership Director

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
kat.denk@bclplaw.com
312-602-5035
 
 
The Membership Director has primary responsibility for maintaining the records of membership. 
 
  Suzie Florez, CLM
Special Events Director
Donohue Brown Mathewson
& Smyth LLC
florez@dbmslaw.com
312-422-9967
 
 
The Special Events Director is responsible for identifying and fulfilling the special events planning needs for the Chapter. 
 
  Michelle Howe, PHR
Communications/Website Director

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
michelle.howe@dbr.com 
312-569-1804
 
 
The Communications/Website Director is the Chapter’s communications link to the membership. 
 
  Barbara Javorcic, CLM
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.
 
  Betsy Kopczynski
Newsletter Director

Epstein Becker & Green
BKopczynski@ebglaw.com 
312-449-1475
 
 
The Newsletter Director has primary responsibility for promoting the Chapter through written materials.
 
  Michael Motyka
Past President / Historian

Marshall Gerstein Borun, LLP
mmotyka@marshallip.com
312-423-3466

 

 

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. 


 
  Rita R. Nielsen, CLM, SPHR, 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. 
 
  Anna Sorensen
Business Partner Relations Director

Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP
businesspartners@alachicago.org
312.964.3504
 
 
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.
 
  Patricia Winter, CLM, PHR, SHRM-CP
Professional Development Director
Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff PC
professionaldevelopment@alachicago.org
312-863-5006
 
 
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.