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. Karen Donohue
President

Hon. Karen Donohue

King County Superior Court

Seattle, Washington

Bio

 

Hon. Elizabeth White
President-Elect

Hon. Elizabeth White

Los Angeles Superior Court (Retired)

Los Angeles, California

Bio

Hon. Pamela Washington
Vice President of Districts

Hon. Pamela Washington

Anchorage District Court

Anchorage, Alaska

Hon. Mimi Tsankov
Vice President of Publications

Hon. Mimi Tsankov

Eastern Region Vice President,

National Association of Immigration Judges

New York, NY

Bio

Hon. Karen Sage
Secretary

Hon. Karen Sage

299th District Court

Travis County, Texas

Bio

Hon. Toni Clarke
Treasurer

Hon. Toni Clarke

Circuit Court for Prince George's County

Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Bio

Hon. Bernadette D'Souza
Immediate Past President

Hon. Bernadette D'Souza

Parish of Orleans Civil District Court

New Orleans, Louisiana

Bio

Hon. Brandy Mueller
Projects Committee Chair

Hon. Brandy Mueller

County Court at Law #6

Austin, Texas

Bio

Hon. Marcella Holland
Finance Committee Chair

Hon. Marcella Holland

Baltimore City Circuit Court (Retired)

Baltimore, Maryland

Bio

Hon. Heidi Pasichow
Committees Liaison

Hon. Heidi Pasichow

Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Washington, District of Columbia

Bio

Hon. Pennie McLaughlin
Membership and Marketing Liaison

Hon. Pennie McLaughlin

Superior Court of California, San Diego County

San Diego, California

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

Bio

Hon. Avis Bishop-Thompson
District Co-Director, 3 (DE, NJ, PA, VI)

Hon. Avis Bishop-Thompson

Superior Court, New Jersey

Hackensack, NJ

Hon. Sandra Ann Robinson
District Co-Director, 3 (DE, NJ, PA, VI)

Hon. Sandra Ann Robinson

State of New Jersey

Hackensack, NJ

Bio

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

Hon. Anita Josey-Herring

Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Washington, D.C.

Bio

Hon. Tanya Brinkley
District Director, 5 (FL, GA, NC, SC)

Hon. Tanya Brinkley

11th Judicial Circuit of Florida

Miami, FL

Bio

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

Hon. Lynda Jones

Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County General Sessions Court

Nashville, Tennessee

Bio

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

Bio

Hon. Celene Gogerty
District Director, 9 (IA, MO, WI)

Hon. Celene Gogerty

Judicial District 5 Court, Iowa

Des Moines, IA

Bio

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

Hon. Cheryl Rios

Shawnee County District Court, Third Judicial District

Topeka, Kansas

Bio

Hon. Maria Salas-Mendoza
District Director, 11 (AR, OK, TX)

Hon. Maria Salas-Mendoza

120th Judicial District Court, Texas

El Paso, TX

Bio

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

Hon. Colleen Clark

Arapahoe County Court

Centennial, Colorado

Hon. Lisa Paglisotti
District Director, 13 (AK, HI, ID, MT, OR, WA)

Hon. Lisa Paglisotti

King County District Court

Seattle, WA

Bio

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

Hon. Wendy McGuire Coats

Superior Court of California, County of Contra Costa

Pittsburg, California

Hon. Vivian Medinilla
ABA Delegate

Hon. Vivian Medinilla

Superior Court of the State of Delaware

Wilmington, DE

Hon. Lisette Shirdan-Harris
International Director

Hon. Lisette Shirdan-Harris

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas

Pennsylvania

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

United Automobile Insurance Company

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.

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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