Leadership & Administration

NAWJ's leadership is a reflection of its diverse membership, composed of women judges from all levels of the judiciary from across the nation. 

Hon. Bernadette D'Souza
President

Hon. Bernadette D'Souza

Parish of Orleans Civil District Court

New Orleans, Louisiana

Bio

Hon. Karen Donohue
President-Elect

Hon. Karen Donohue

King County Superior Court

Seattle, Washington

Bio

 

Hon. Elizabeth White
Vice President of Districts

Hon. Elizabeth White

Los Angeles Superior Court

Los Angeles, California

Bio

Hon. Heidi Pasichow
Vice President of Publications

Hon. Heidi Pasichow

Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Washington, District of Columbia

Bio

Hon. Orlinda Naranjo
Secretary

Hon. Orlinda Naranjo

419th District Court of Texas

Austin, Texas

Bio

Hon. Elizabeth K. Lee Lee
Treasurer

Hon. Elizabeth K. Lee Lee

San Mateo County Superior Court

San Mateo, California

Bio

Hon. Tamila Ipema
Immediate Past President

Hon. Tamila Ipema

Superior Court of California, San Diego County

Del Mar, California

Bio

Hon. Pennie McLaughlin
Projects Committee Chair

Hon. Pennie McLaughlin

Superior Court of California, San Diego County

San Diego, California

Bio

Hon. Marcella Holland
Finance Committee Chair

Hon. Marcella Holland

Baltimore City Circuit Court (Retired)

Baltimore, Maryland

Hon. Karen Sage
Committees Liaison

Hon. Karen Sage

299th District Court

Travis County, Texas

Bio

Hon. Mary White
District Director, 1 (ME,MA,NH,PR,RI)

Hon. Mary White

Brookline District Court

Brookline, Massachusetts

Hon. Kathy King
District Director, 2 (CT,NY,VT)

Hon. Kathy King

New York State Supreme Court

Kings County, New York

Hon. Vivian Medinilla
District Director, 3 (DE, NJ, PA, VI) and ABA Delegate

Hon. Vivian Medinilla

Superior Court of the State of Delaware

Wilmington, DE

Hon. Anita Josey-Herring
District Director, 4 (DC, MD, VA)

Hon. Anita Josey-Herring

Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Washington, D.C.

 

Hon. Anne Barnes
District Director, 5 (FL, GA, NC, SC)

Hon. Anne Barnes

Court of Appeals of Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia

Bio

Hon. Lynda Jones
District Director, 6 (AL,LA,MS,TN)

Hon. Lynda Jones

Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County General Sessions Court

Nashville, Tennessee

Hon. Michelle Rick
District Director, 7 (MI, OH, WV)

Hon. Michelle Rick

29th Circuit Court

St. Johns, Michigan

Hon. Ann Breen-Greco
District Director, 8 (IL, IN, KY)

Hon. Ann Breen-Greco

Chicago Administrative Hearing Department

Chicago, Illinois

Hon. Emily Chafa
District Director, 9 (IA, MO, WI)

Hon. Emily Chafa

UI Appeals Manager, UI Appeals Bureau

Iowa Workforce Development

Johnston, Iowa

Hon. Cheryl Rios
District Director, 10 (KS, MN, NE, ND, SD)

Hon. Cheryl Rios

Shawnee County District Court, Third Judicial District

Topeka, Kansas

Hon. Brandy Mueller
District Director, 11 (AR, OK, TX)

Hon. Brandy Mueller

County Court at Law #6

Austin, Texas

Bio

Hon. Colleen Clark
District Director, 12 (AZ, CO, NM, UT, WY)

Hon. Colleen Clark

Arapahoe County Court

Centennial, Colorado

Hon. Pamela Washington
District Director, 13 (AK, HI, ID, MT, OR, WA)

Hon. Pamela Washington

Anchorage District Court

Anchorage, Alaska

Hon. Wendy McGuire Coats
District Director, 14 (CA, NV)

Hon. Wendy McGuire Coats

Superior Court of California, County of Contra Costa

Pittsburg, California

Hon. Lisette Shirdan-Harris
International Director

Hon. Lisette Shirdan-Harris

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas

Pennsylvania

Bio

Hon. Toni Clarke
ABA Liaison

Hon. Toni Clarke

Circuit Court for Prince George's County

Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Bio

Nicole Erb, Esq.
Co-Chair

Nicole Erb, Esq.

White & Case LLP

Washington, District of Columbia

Sarah London, Esq.
Co-Chair

Sarah London, Esq.

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

San Francisco, California

The Honorable Mary Becnel
Member

The Honorable Mary Becnel

Retired Judge

La Place, Louisiana

Elizabeth Cabraser, Esq.
Member

Elizabeth Cabraser, Esq.

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

San Francisco, California

Ron DaLessio
Member

Ron DaLessio

CourtCall LLC

Los Angeles, California

Kelly Dermody, Esq.
Member

Kelly Dermody, Esq.

Lieff, Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

San Francisco, California

Andrea Field, Esq.
Member

Andrea Field, Esq.

Hunton Andrews Kurth

Washington, District of Columbia

Patricia Hollenbeck, Esq.
Member

Patricia Hollenbeck, Esq.

Duane Morris LLP

San Diego, California

Jamie Isani, Esq.
Member

Jamie Isani, Esq.

Dawn Jayma
Member

Dawn Jayma

The Killino Firm

Cutler Bay, Florida

Robert Kaufman, Esq.
Member

Robert Kaufman, Esq.

Proskauer Rose LLP

New York, New York

Linda Leali, Esq.
Member

Linda Leali, Esq.

Linda Leali, P.A.

Miami, Florida

Thomas Leighton
Member

Thomas Leighton

West, a Thomson Reuters Business

Eagan, Minnesota

Afsoon McClellan
Member

Afsoon McClellan

Afsoon Khatibloo McClellan

Director of Global Association

LexisNexis

Heather McDevitt, Esq.
Member

Heather McDevitt, Esq.

White & Case LLP

New York, New York

Diane McGimsey, Esq.
Member

Diane McGimsey, Esq.

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Los Angeles, California

Donna Melby, Esq.
Member

Donna Melby, Esq.

Paul Hastings

Los Angeles, California

Elaine Metlin, Esq.
Member

Elaine Metlin, Esq.

Retired

Washington, District of Columbia

Christopher Poole
Member

Christopher Poole

JAMS

Irvine, California

Cathy Winter-Palmer
Member

Cathy Winter-Palmer

Retired

Corvina, California

Laurie Denham, CAE
Interim Executive Director

Laurie Denham, CAE

Laurie Denham, Principal at Denham Advisors, is an independent consultant and has been in the association sector over seventeen years. She was president of the American Society of Transportation and Logistics (AST&L) for 13 years, expanding the organization from a domestic to an international association, and elevated its certification program to a three-tier career pathway working with high schools, community colleges, and universities. Ms. Denham managed the AST&L merger with APICS and remained as the Senior Director of Academic Relations. She became Vice President of Education at the Transportation Intermediaries Association prior to opening Denham Advisors. During her tenure with AST&L, she was also the General Manager for the US office of Association Global Services, an international association management company. She has experience in small and midsize associations focusing on strategic planning, member engagement and programming. Ms. Denham is a Certified Association Executive and holds a Masters of Science in Social Work Degree from the University of Tennessee.

Lavinia Cousin
Senior Manager, Programs and Publications

Lavinia Cousin

Lavinia Cousin has near 20 years of experience working in nonprofit organizations in functions spanning development, program management, research, accounting, marketing, and membership.  She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the Haas School of Business.  

Maureen Gelwicks
Operations Manager

Maureen Gelwicks

Maureen Gelwicks, a senior operations manager with the Collie Gorg Group, began her career in internet marketing successfully optimizing a digital marketing budget of three million dollars. After her start in the private sector, she transitioned her focus to not-for-profit management. A decade ago, Ms. Gelwicks began work for the Collie Gorg Group, an Association Management Company. She has led the client services team supporting the growth of associations from a variety of industries. She is data driven and results oriented in her operational approach. In addition to operations, she has skillfully executed over fifty meetings and conferences, supported technological advancement and educational development, governed multiple boards of directors and supported the execution and development of organizations’ strategic plans. Ms. Gelwicks has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Mary Washington and is pursuing her Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential.

Janelle Mihoc
Membership Coordinator

Janelle Mihoc

Janelle Mihoc, a Client Associate with the Collie Gorg Group has experience in a variety of professions with the consistent theme of providing high-level customer service in a detail-oriented, proactive manner. Prior to joining the Collie Gorg Group, she spent time working at a veterinary hospital, non-profit organizations and nearly eight years as a U.S. Department of State contractor with the Bureau of Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs.  Ms. Mihoc’s desire to continue learning and growing on the job has afforded her many opportunities to advance in each of the positions she has held.  She aims to provide each of her clients with the same level of exceptional results-driven service. Ms. Mihoc has a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Indiana University.

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