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Leadership Academy Alumni

Since the inaugural class of 2001 to most recent graduating class, Leadership Academy has graduated more than 150 alumni. Following graduation, 95% of the program's graduates have actively participated in multiple bar activities:  

  • Four have been elected to the Board of Governors
  • Nine have been appointed by either the Supreme Court of Missouri or The Missouri Bar to a special task force or commission
  • Seven serve or have served on the Client Security Fund Committee
  • Two are volunteers in the Fee Dispute Resolution program
  • Nine serve or have served on the Advisory Committee on Citizenship Education
  • Nine were elected as officers in local bar associations around the state
  • Seventy have participated as speakers, moderators or authors for CLE programs and publications
  • Nineteen have served as a committee chair or co-chair
  • Thirteen were or are active in the Young Lawyers’ Section
  • Twelve have participated or currently participate in the legislative review process
  • Fifteen currently serve or have served on the Annual Meeting Planning Committee
  • Eight have been appointed to the Legal Education Committee
  • Two serve as editors of the Courts Bulletin
  • Two have served on the Lawyers’ Assistance Committee
  • One serves as a Division Chair


Service Project: The 2000-2001 class's project aimed to provide senior citizens with information about resources available to them from the Missouri Bar. The class accomplished this by integrating public service information available from the Missouri Bar into one distributable format.

James D. Beck
John E. Cozean
Danelle Carter Duffy
Kimberley Cox Fournier
Katherine M. Hardy
Vanita R. Massey
Timothy J. Smith
Michael A. Williams 


Service Project: The 2001-2002 class's project focused on the importance of jury service. The class prepared a teaching curriculum and a video titled "We the Jury." The curriculum and video aimed to teach high school juniors and seniors about the jury selection process and the role of the jury in the court system. The class then used the curriculum and video to make presentations in schools.

Nimrod "Rod" Chapel, Jr.
Matthew J. Devoti
Christian L. Faiella
Holly Joyce
Jolie L. Justus
Maylin Wong Mahoney
Brent D. Newman
Katharine Shepherd Porter
Scott A. Robbins
Victoria (Vickie) Shatz (formerly Schroeder)


Service Project: The 2002-2003 class revised and presented an 8-hour legal curriculum for Missouri Girls State ("MGS"). Prior to the class's involvement, students at MGS did not receive college credit for their law course. The 2002-2003 class revamped the MGS law program and submitted it to Central Missouri State University for accreditation. Members of the 2002-2003 class then spent a week in Warrensburg and taught approximately 175 MGS students. Some members of the class enjoyed the project so much that they still teach law at MGS every year.

Kimberly R.H. Franks
Gwendelyn M. Garcia
Nancy Morales Gonzalez
Joseph L. Hensley
Matthew M. Krohn
Phebe A. La Mar
Andrea N. Lueckenhoff
Megan E. Phillips
Tracy L. Powell
Thomas B. Snider


Sevice Project: The 2003-2004 class created a website that provides young people with information about legal issues they are likely to encounter (e.g. family and domestic, labor and employment, juvenile, criminal, etc.).

Tamara Jameson Anfang
Suzette Carlisle
Kori S. Carew
C. Michelle Coleman
Jason H. Lamb
Amy K. Maloney
Nelson V. Munoz
Elizabeth A. Ortmann-Vincenzo
Robert D. Paredes


Service Project: The 2004-2005 class translated the Missouri Bar's domestic violence public information brochure into Spanish. The class also found shelters and organizations to distribute the brochures to Spanish-speaking Missourians.

Phillip C. Boyd
Adam M. Burkemper
Adriane Dixon Crouse
Lenin V. Guerra
Wendy M. Hickey
Rolanda S. Johnson
Lynn W. Judkins
Teresa R. Laidacker
Kimberly J. Shields
Leslie T. Tolliver-Rogers
Karen C. Warren


Service Project: The 2005-2006 class organized a 5K race at the Missouri Bar's Solo and Small Firm Conference. The proceeds from the race benefited the Missouri Bar Loan Repayment Assistance Program.

Jamica D. Dowell
Jane Drummond
Michael J. Hackworth
Scott A. Hamblin
Julia D. Kitsmiller
Kemba Logan
Gretchen Yancey
Nicole Sublett
Jennifer L. Thompson





Service Project: The 2006-2007 class updated a Missouri Bar pamphlet. The pamphlet was previously titled "Stepping Out," but the class changed the title to "Turning 18: Some Things About the Law You Need to Know." Click here to view the pamphlet. The topics covered by the updated pamphlet ranged from leasing an apartment to drunk driving. The class also organized a group of attorneys to present information from the pamphlet to Missouri high school students.

Joel E. Anderson
Michael E. Anfang
Francesca F. Cheroutes
Omar D. Davis
Sreenu Dandamudi
Julia S. Grus
Kevin S. Hillman
Karlla S. Philpot
David Slaby
JR Swanegan
Lauren E. Tucker McCubbin 


Service Project: The 2007-2008 class's service project aimed to advance public awareness about the Missouri Non-Partisan Court Plan. The class created a public service announcement that was broadcast on YouTube. The class also gave presentations to hundreds of college students about the Plan.

Beth Anderson
Jacqueline L. Blocker
Cyrus Dashtaki
Amany Ragab Hacking
Aaron M. House
Jacki Janelle Langum
Shazzie Naseem
Robert L. (Bob) Ortbals, Jr.
Amy Woods Hoyt
Ebony Woods McCain 







Melanie Daily
Ryan T. DeBoef
Lacy M. Fields
James. E. Gore
Micah D. Hall
Kirra N. Jones
Jennifer M. McAdam
Stephanie D. White Thorn
Kristol L. Whatley
Ronda F. Williams
Guillermo G. Zorogastua

















Ashley H. Atwell
Kerry C. Feld
Robert L. Hess
Bruce E. Hopson
Robert S. Kenney
Fibbens Addo Koranteng
Christallyn McCloud
Jalilah Otto
Adam P. Pihana
Dianna R. Reed
Jacob Shellabarger
Angela Alvarez Simmons
Brenda Stacey
Shira Truitt


J. Zachary Bickel
Aarnarian (Apollo) D. Carey
Darryl M. Chatman, Jr.
Susan B. Henderson Moore
Kendra R. Howard
Yamini A. Laks
Andrew C. Lawson
Jason R. McClitis
Jessica A. Mikale
Kate E. Noland
J. Kendall Seal
Jonathan T. Sternberg
Jerri J. Zhang


Tara L. Blackburn
Cassie J. Carpenter
Patrick C. Edwards
Sara Weilert Gillette
Sheena R. Hamilton
Amber Hackett Jeffers
Christopher W. Lebeck
Candyce I. McNeely
Jessica M. Mendez
Erica L. Mynarich
Goldie L. Tompkins
Cassandra J. Washington




Tanya K. Alm 
Adam A. Brown 
Arimeta R. DuPree 
L. William Hardwick 
Lauren A. Horsman 
Andrea R. Long 
Justin L. Mason 
Samir R. Mehta 
William P. Mobley 
Daniel F. Portnoy
Ryan C. Turnage




Maureen M. Brady
Laura K. B. Brown
Jose S. Caldera
Jordan L. Force
Juan A. Gomez Rodriguez
Benjamin J. Hodges
Charnissa E. Holliday-Scott
Ronald Nguyen
Camille L. Roe
Abbie Hesse Rothermich
Michelle F. Schwerin
Stephanie L. Wan


Tracy L. Barnes
L. Jared Boyd
Erin D. Dark
Sarah L. Devlin
Karma Q. Johnson
Danielle R. Kerckhoff
Summer L. Masterson-Goethals
Michael L. Miller
Christa B. Moss
Vanessa M. Starke
Patrick J. Thornton
Stephan R. Tomlinson