ALA Faces Member and Chapter News

Anniversaries, Awards and Appointments February 2019



Tara Ghannam Binge, the President of the Puget Sound Chapter, is now Office Administrator for the Seattle and Anchorage locations of Stoel Rives LLP.

Jennifer Bodenhoefer, the President of the Orange County Chapter, is now Office Administrator at Terry Mudge, LLP, in Newport Beach, California.

Jia Liu Caruso, a member of the Orange County Chapter, is now Office Manager/Legal Assistant at Atkinson Andelson Loya Ruud & Romo in Irvine, California.

Cynthia M. Elliott, a member of the Puget Sound Chapter, is now E-Discovery Analysis and Technology Practice Administrator at K&L Gates in Seattle, Washington.

Tyler J. Farr, a member of the Puget Sound Chapter, is now Executive Director of Tousley Brain Stephens, PLLC, in Seattle, Washington.

Michael G. McDearmon, a member of the Austin Chapter, is now the Texas Regional Office Manager at Fish & Richardson PC in Dallas, Texas.

Brandon T. Randolph, CLM, a member of the San Diego Chapter, is now Director of Administration at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP, in San Diego, California.

Tania Rodrigues, a member of the Calgary Chapter, is now Officer Manager at Lawson Lundell, LLP, in Calgary, Alberta.

Ian M. Skewes, a member of the Houston Chapter, is now Firm Administrator at Greer Herz & Adams, LLP, in Galveston, Texas.

Sheila Sullivan, an independent member from Region 2, is now Firm Administrator at Wicker Smith O’Hara McCoy & Ford, PA, in Tampa, Florida.

Scott A. Wendel, MBA, a member of the Palm Beach County Chapter, is now Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of the Ellis Law Group in Boca Raton, Florida.


  • The law firm of Dannis Woliver Kelley informed ALA that member Emily Scannell, who was their Office Manager for San Francisco and Sacramento, passed away. She joined that firm in 2018; prior to that, she was a long-term employee of Kirkland & Ellis.

  • Former member Anne Kupstas passed away in January at age 70. Although she had been retired for several years, Anne is fondly remembered for serving as the 1998-1999 President of the Metropolitan Detroit Chapter. Her last place of employment was Clark Hill PLC in Detroit, where she was a Project Manager.

  • Our thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of member Sue Wynn, who passed away in December. She worked as the Human Resources Manager at Alston & Bird LLP in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • ALA recently received word that member Cynthia L. Myers passed away in August 2018 at the age of 59. She was a dedicated Office Administrator for 24 years for Metzger Wickersham, PC, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and she also belonged to the Central Pennsylvania Chapter. Donations may be made to KCCure in her honor.