Committees

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Annual Dinner
Debjani Desai 
IL Office of Comptroller

Genevieve Niemann 
Singewald Law Firm 

Kristen Lukaszak Ori  
Angelini, Ori & Abate Law Firm 

Whitney Siehl
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro 

Melissa Tannehill
Tannehill Law

Katie Twardak
Tomasik Kotin Kasserman 

Bylaws Committee
Whitney Siehl
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP

Civil Litigation
Lauren Buford
Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym

Kristine Schanbacher
Dentons US LLP

Blaire Theuerkauf
Best, Vanderlaan & Harrington 

CLE Accreditation/Programming
Stephanie Cueman   (Accreditation)
ZS Associates

Cristin Duffy 
Crane & Norcross

Sarah King (Programming)
Clifford Law Offices

Katie Twardak
Tomasik Kotin & Kasserman 

Community Outreach
Tonya Major Gauff
DLA Piper

Caidi Vanderporten 
Mammas Goldberg

Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Lauren Buford
Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd.

Debjani Desai
IL Office of Comptroller

Tiffany Gehrke
Marshall Gerstein & Borun

Tiffany Harper
UnColorblind

Sarah Kwon 
Much Shelist, P.C.

Marla Izbicky
HMB Legal Counsel

Andrea Ramirez
Taxman Pollock Murray & Bekkerman

Melissa Tannehill
Tannehill Law

Jennifer Yu
Synergy Settlement Services

Domestic Relations
Aurelija Fitzpatrick 
Jonathan Merel, P.C.

Genevieve Niemann
Singewald Law

Caidi Vanderporten
Mammas Goldberg

Adam Miel Zebelian
Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP 

Golf Outing
Molly Condon
Wexler Wallace

Whitney Siehl
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro 

Melissa Tannehill
Tannehill Law

Government Lawyers
Debjani Desai
General Counsel to Illinois State Comptroller

Hon. Megan Goldish
Circuit Court of Cook County, Domestic Violence Division

Hon. Julie Aimen
Circuit Court of Cook County

Kilby Macfadden
Assistant Chief, Department of Justice

Historian
Charlotte Adelman 

Hooton Committee
Lauren Witkowski
Krakar & Olsen

In-House Counsel
Julie Baker
US Foods

Stephanie Cueman
ZS Associates, Inc.

Christine Rosso
Brookfield Properties Retail 

Deborah Solmor
TCS Education System

Jeanine Stathopoulos 
ZS Associates, Inc.

Elizabeth Winiarski
LAZ Parking

Immigration Committee
Katherine Del Rosario
McEntee Law Group

Alexandra George 
McEntee Law Group

Colleen Kilbride
National Immigrant Justice Center

Fiona McEntee
McEntee Law Group 

Intellectual Property Committee
Michelle Bolos
Marshall Gerstein & Borun, LLP

Danielle (Dani) Johnson
Goldberg Kohn 

Legally Moms
Caroleann Gallagher
Dwyer & Coogan

Megan O’Connor 
Levin & Perconti 

Caidi Vanderporten   
Mammas Goldberg

Jennifer Yu
Synergy Settlement Services

Judicial Evaluation Committee
Corinne Cundiff
Bollinger Connolly Krause

Caroleann Gallagher
Dwyer & Coogan

Sarah King
Clifford Law Offices

Jennifer Yu
Synergy Settlement Services

Judicial Reception Committee
Lauren Buford
Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd.

Caroleann Gallagher
Dwyer & Coogan

Hayley Graham
Anesi Ozon Rodon Novak Kohen

Kristine Schanbacher
Dentons US LLP

Legislative Committee
Debjani Desai
IL Office of Comptroller

Bridget Duignan (Liaison to BWLA)
Latherow & Duignan

Sarah King
Clifford Law Offices

Kristine Schanbacher (Amicus Curiae Committee)
Dentons US LLP

Mental Health & Wellness Committee
Tiffany Alberty
Hall & Evans

Kristen Lukaszak Ori
Angelini, Ori & Abate Law Firm 

Mentor/Mentee Committee
Stephanie Cueman 
ZS Associates, Inc.

Caroleann Gallagher
Dwyer & Coogan

Hayley Graham
Anesi Ozmon Rodon Novak Kohen

Andrea Ramirez 
Taxman Pollock Murray & Bekkerman

Membership Committee
Kilby Macfadden
Department of Justice

Genevieve Niemann
Singewald Law

Katie Twardak
Tomasik Kotin & Kasserman

Caidi Vanderporten 
Mammas Goldberg

Member Monday Chair
Melissa Tannehill
Tannehill Law

Minority Bar CLE Committee
Blaire Theuerkauf
Best, Vanderlaan & Harrington 

Newsletter Co-Chairs
Marla Izbicky
HMB Legal Counsel

Annika Mitchell
Mitchell Law Firm

Tracey Schroeder 

Lauren Witkowski
Krakar & Olsen

Past President’s Advisory Counsel
Deane Brown
Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym

Dawn Gonzalez 
Stone & Johnson, Chartered 

Kristin McCarthy 
Kralovec Jambois & Schwartz 

Past President’s Advisory Counsel Board Liaisons

Katie Twardak
Tomasik Kotin Kasserman 

Lauren Witkowski
Krakar & Olsen

Policies & Position Statements
Sarah King
Clifford Law Offices

Dina Ninfo
State of IL CMS

Kristine Schanbacher 
Dentons US LLP 

Small Firm
Melissa Tannehill
Tannehill Law

Succession Planning Chair
Genevieve Niemann 
Singewald Law

Top Women Lawyers in Leadership Reception

Molly Condon
Wexler Wallace

Hon. Megan Goldish 
Circuit Court of Cook County 

Marla Izbicky
HMB Legal Counsel

Genevieve Niemann 
Singewald Law

Transactional Lawyers Committee
Melissa Tannehill
Tannehill Law

Website/Communications-Marketing
Melissa Tannehill
Tannehill Law

Gregory Smith 
Visual RE:DESIGN - Visual Communications, Inc.

Monique Austin 
Women’s Bar Association of Illinois

Women’s Bar Foundation Liaison
Monique Austin
Women’s Bar Association of Illinois

Women Everywhere Liaison
Sarah King
Clifford Law Offices

Young Lawyers Chair
Nancy Duenez

Soobin Lee
Wais Vogelstein Forman & Offutt