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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.

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Ken Koehn, CLM, CPA, CMA -
Vice President / President-Elect/Region 3 Representative

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.

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Mary Ann Rojas, CLM - Vice-President Elect

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.

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Hector Sierra - Treasurer

Davis Friedman
treasurer@alachicago.org
312-782-2220

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

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Jose Cheesman, CLM - Secretary

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.

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Michael Motyka - Past President/Historian

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

The Past President/Historian 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Patsy 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mary Ann Rojas, CLM - Small & Midā€Size Firm Director

Pugh, Jones & Johnson, P.C.
mrojas@pjjlaw.com
312-768-7800

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

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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.

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Barb 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.

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