Board of Directors


The elected officers of the association are as follows. The term of their positions are from April 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018.

Gregory Rush
Goehring, Rutter & Boehm

Janine Book
Pepper Hamilton LLP

Mallory Friday
Robb Leonard Mulvihill, LLP
Bruce McKnight
Burns White LLC
Salma Fowler
Arconic Inc.

Kristin Gaydosh, CLM
Willman & Silvaggio, LLP       


Immediate Past President 
Carolyn Hinson
Caroselli, Beachler & Coleman LLC

The PLAA board appoints chair people for the primary association committees. The terms of these appointments run the same as the Boards term.
ALA Regional Counsel
Carolyn Hinson , Immediate Past President
Caroselli, Beachler & Coleman LLC

ACBA Liason/Bar Relations
Cindy Eichmuller
Robb Leonard Mulvihill, LLP

Business Partner Relations
Sandra Fantini
Papernick & Gefsky, LLC

Certified Legal Manager (CLM) Study Group Chair
Lynn Chiafullo, CLM
Jones Day

Jenny Fessler, Chair
Sitko Bruno, LLC

Community Service Chair
Janet Isler
Campbell Durant Beatty Palombo & Miller, P.C.

Compensation Survey Chair
Keith Cameron
Houston Harbaugh

Education Chair

Penny Lotz
Goehring, Rutter, Boehm

Membership Chair
A. Michele Rihn
DiBella Geer McAllister Best

Past Presidents Council Chair
Carol Feldman
Goehring, Rutter, Boehm

Program Chair
Janine Book
Pepper Hamilton LLP

Membership Development Chair
Ann Parys
Rothman Gordon, P.C.

2018 Education Conference Chair
Tracy Pape
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Past Presidents' Council

Carol Feldman, Goehring, Rutter Boehm

Betty McGuire, Burns White LLC

Mary Jo Benedetti, CLM, Tucker Arensberg, P.C.

Janine D. Book, Pepper Hamilton, LLP

Keith T. Cameron, Houston Harbaugh, P.C.
Lynn Chiafullo, CLM, Jones Day
Robert Conway, Dapper Baldesare Benson Behling & Kane, P.C.
Sandra Fantini, Papernick & Gefsky, LLC
Carol Feldman, Goehring Rutter & Boehm
Penny Lotz, Goehring Rutter & Boehm
Corinne McCartney, Houston Harbaugh, P.C.
Betty McGuire, Burns White, LLC
Virginia L. O'Hare, Strassberger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky
Anne Parys, Rothman Gordan, P.C. (Immediate Past President)
Gail Semonian, PHR, CLM, Matis Baum O'Connor
Michael J. Somerhalder, The Webb Law Firm
Kathleen M. Sullivan, Thorp Reed & Armstrong
Allan J. Tedesco, Cohen & Grigsby



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