Anniversaries, Awards and Appointments June 2019


Kelly A. Badum, a member of the Western and Central New York Chapter, is now Office Manager at Pepper Hamilton LLP in Rochester, New York.

Qeyana M. Hart, a member of the Capital Chapter, is now Attorney Hiring Coordinator at Alston & Bird LLP in Washington, D.C.

Amy L. Kempster, CLM, a member of the Mile High Chapter, is now Director of Administration at Cooley LLP in Broomfield, Colorado.

Amber Lowe (not pictured), an independent member, is now Attorney Recruiting Manager at McGuireWoods LLP in Houston, Texas.

Catherine M. Mingolello, a member of the Nutmeg Chapter, is now Office Administrator at Robinson + Cole, LLP, in Hartford, Connecticut.

Edna G. Rosén, CLM, a member of the South Florida Chapter, is now Firm Administrator at Shendell & Pollock, PL, in Boca Raton, Florida.

Kimberly Jo Santaiti-Potter, a member of the Capital Chapter, is now Human Resources Manager at Alston & Bird LLP in Washington, D.C.

Joseph A. Samarco, MBA, ALPP, a member of the Philadelphia Chapter, is now Director of Billing Operations at Ballard Spahr LLP in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has been on the ALA Board of Directors since 2017.

Hector Sierra, a member of the Greater Chicago Chapter, is now Office Manager/Chief Financial Officer at Davis Friedman in Chicago, Illinois.

Marjorie L. Stein, a member of the New York City Chapter, is now Senior Director of Administration for New York at Arent Fox, LLP, in New York, New York.

Gary T. Swisher II, CLM, a member of the Panhandle Chapter, is now Chief Operating Officer at Carrington Coleman Sloman & Blumenthal, LLP, in Dallas, Texas. He is a Past President of ALA.

Amanda D. Tanner (not pictured), a member of the Mobile Chapter, is now Office Manager at Carr Allison in Daphne, Alabama.

Congratulations To Ala’s Newest CLMs!

The following legal management professionals fulfilled their certification requirements and passed the Certified Legal Manager (CLM)® exam in May to earn their credential:

Jessica A. Beyer, CLM
DeWitt LLP
Brookfield, Wisconsin

Michelle Campbell, CLM, SHRM-SCP
Walzer Melcher LLP
Woodland Hills, California

Catherine Harnett, CLM
Hammill O’Brien Croutier Dempsey Pender & Koehler, PC
Syosset, New York

Valerie C. Hayes, CLM, PHR, SHRM-CP
Patterson + Sheridan LLP
Houston, Texas

Lauren A. Larkin, CLM
Shiver Hamilton, LLC
Atlanta, Georgia

Olga Y. Malcolm, CLM
Franklin D. Azar & Assoc., PC
Aurora, Colorado

The next CLM exam is November 4; make sure you register by September 4.


  • We’re saddened to report the passing in April of Patricia Anne Lauwers, 69. She was the Office Manager at Bowman and Brooke LLP in San Jose, California, where she worked for nearly 30 years. She had been a member of ALA since 2006. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues.

  • Retired member Theresa A. Speicher passed away in May, according to Mile High Chapter President Julie K. Becker, MBA. She was an ALA member from 1987 to 2012, as well as a longtime Mile High Chapter member. Her last position was as Administrator at Spencer Fane LLP in Denver, Colorado. Our thoughts are those who knew and loved her.