Leadership Academy Alumni

For over a decade, the Leadership Academy has been fostering the development of future bar leaders. To date, about 90 lawyers have participated in the Academy, and each member has helped his/her class conduct a unique service project. To view the projects, as well as a list of alumni along with their bios, click on the links under the Academy Alumni column.

2000–01

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

2001–02

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)

2002–03

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

2003–04

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

2004–05

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

2005-06

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

2006-07

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

2007-08

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

2008-09

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

2009-10

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

2010-11

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

2011-12

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

2012-13

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

2013-14

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

James D. Beck

Jim graduated from Lindenwood College in 1990, and Washington University School of Law in 1993. He was an assistant public defender, and then district public defender until 1997, when he joined the firm of Mueller and Suddarth (which is now Mueller, Beck & Meyer). Jim is active in the Missouri Bar, serving as chair of the Juvenile Courts and Laws Committee (2004-2006), and currently serving as a vice chair of the Solo and Small Firm Committee. In addition, Jim serves on the Board of Governors of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys.

Contact:

Managing Partner
Mueller Beck & Meyer
P.O. Box 290
Troy, MO 63379
Telephone: (636) 528-8518
Fax: (636) 528-8538
Email: jbeck@jbecklaw.com

John E. Cozean

John E. Cozean was admitted to practice in Missouri and Michigan in 1998. He received his B.A. from Wake Forest University in 1993. In 1998 he graduated from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. From 1998 to 1999 he served as law clerk to the Honorable Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr., Judge of the Missouri Supreme Court. He is a member of the Scott County Bar Association as well as the Missouri, Michigan and American Bar Associations. Cozean is an Adjunct Faculty Member for the Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology at Southeast Missouri State University as well as the author of Chapter 15 Nonjury Trials for The Missouri Bar CLE publication on Civil Trial Practice. Cozean practices primarily in the areas of litigation and transactions.

Contact:

Member
Blanton, Rice, Nickell, Cozean & Collins, LLC
219 South Kingshighway
P.O. Box 805
Sikeston, MO 63801

Kimberley Cox Fournier

Kim Fournier graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 1995. Upon graduation she served as the law clerk to the Honorable Jack Gant in the Jackson County Circuit Court. Next, as an Assistant City Attorney for Kansas City, Missouri, she practiced in the field of eminent domain. She joined the Missouri Attorney General's Office, Labor Division in 2001. She served on the Attorney General's Recruitment Committee, participating in the interview process for prospective attorneys. She was named Unit Leader for the Labor Division in the Kansas City branch office in 2008, and selected to represent the Attorney General's Office at the 2008 National Association of Attorney's General annual meeting and conference.

Kim is the immediate past president of the Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City. She currently sits on the board of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, the LEAP board, and the AWL Foundation Board. She has continued to remain active in Missouri Bar activities by participating on the CLE committee, and in 2008 served on the Missouri Bar Planning Committee for the Annual Meeting. She currently serves on the Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee for the 16th Judicial Circuit. She finds time to serve on church and civic boards as well.

Outside of work, Kim enjoys spending her time with her two children and husband. She loves attending and coaching her children's sporting events and school functions. She serves as the room representative for both of her kids classrooms and is very active in the school PTA.

Contact:

Asst. Missouri Attorney General—Unit Leader of the Labor Division in Kansas City 3
Missouri Attorney General's Office
615 E. 13th Street
Suite 401
Kansas City, MO 64106
Telephone: (816) 889-5010
Fax: (816) 889-5026
Email: kim.fournier@ago.mo.gov

Vanita Massey

Vanita R. Massey is currently an Attorney Advisor for the Social Security Administration Office of Adjudication and Review in Kansas City, Missouri. She received a dual B.A. in Public Administration/Sociology from Drake University in 1979 and her J.D. from the UMKC School of Law in 1993. Prior to joining the Social Security Administration, Vanita worked as a city prosecutor and maintained a private practice with particular concentration in the areas of domestic relations, juvenile law, estate planning and probate. Vanita has continued her private practice in the areas of probate and estate planning. She is a current member of the Missouri Supreme Court Disciplinary Hearing Panel, The Bar Plan Surety and Fidelity Board, and the Earle E. O'Connor American Inn of Court. Vanita has authored chapters and supplements to the MoBar CLE Deskbooks on Estate Administration and Trusts, Powers, Custodianship, & Nonprobate. She is a past President of the Jackson County Bar Association as well as a former board member of Rosebrooks Center, DSI, Inc., and the UMKC Minority Affairs Committee. In 2000, Vanita was a Missouri Bar Leadership Academy Fellow and she served as Coordinator of the Missouri Bar Leadership Academy from 2001 – 2003. Vanita and Kim Massey have been married for 28 years and are the proud parents of three adult children: Quentin, and twins, Jennifer and Brian.

Contact:

Attorney Advisor
Social Security Administration—Office of Adjudication and Review
Kansas City, MO

Michael A. Williams

Mr. Williams represents employers in arbitrations and is an experienced litigator of discrimination and retaliation claims before local, state and federal agencies. Mr. Williams has also served as lead trial attorney in jury trials before federal and state courts in both Kansas and Missouri.

Mr. Williams counsels business clients regarding human resource, workers' compensation and employment issues. He is an experienced speaker to employees, management and human resource officers on various employment law topics. Mr. Williams is also a requested presenter at employment law seminars for continuing legal education and human resource professional organizations.

Mr. Williams is also very active in the Kansas City community as a mentor for disadvantaged youth. He is chair of both the Diversity Committee for the firm and the Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair. Additionally, Mr. Williams served as an adjunct professor of Labor Law at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law (2004 and 2005) and was the first African-American to serve on the Kansas Bar Association Board of Governors.

Contact:

Partner
Lathrop & Gage, LLP
2345 Grand Blvd.
Suite 2800
Kansas City, MO 64108
Telephone: (816) 292-2000
Email: mwilliams@lathropgage.com

Nancy Morales Gonzalez

Contact:

Associate Regional Counsel
Social Security Administration
601 E. 12th St.
Room 965
Kansas City, MO 64106

Joseph L. Hensley

Joe Hensley received his law degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 1998. He is formerly the Chairperson of the Springfield Bar Association's Young Lawyer's Committee. He is the former Attorney for the Jasper County Juvenile Office and serves on the Juvenile Courts Committee for the Missouri Bar. Joe practices in the area of civil trials and litigation with an emphasis in Adoptions and Construction litigation. Joe is a certified Mediator and Guardian ad Litem. Joe, his wife, Dina, and their children, Ella (3) and Joseph (1), live in Webb City where Joe is active on the Board of Directors for the Joplin Family YMCA, Webb City R-7 Scholarship Foundation, and Webb City Booster Club, and they are members of the Central United Methodist Church.

Contact:

Law Office of Hensley & Nicholas, L.L.C.
610 S. Pearl
Suite A
Joplin, MO 64801
Telephone: (417) 625-1215
Fax: (417) 627-0105
Email: jhensley21@msn.com

Phebe La Mar

Contact:

Partner
Smith Lewis, LLP
111 South Ninth Street
Suite 200
Columbia, MO 65205-0918
Telephone: (573) 443-3141
Fax: (573) 442-6686
Email: lamar@smithlewis.com

Megan Phillips

Megan Phillips is a law clerk for the Missouri Court of Appeals. She began her career in large law firms in Paris, France, and St. Louis, Missouri, and has also worked in non-profit women's advocacy, the family court system, and academia. Within the Missouri Bar, Megan is a member of the Board of Governors and previously served as Vice Chair of the Gender & Justice Committee, Chair of the Leadership Academy, and a St. Louis representative on the Young Lawyers' Section Council. She served as President of the Women Lawyers' Association in 2004-2005 and, by virtue of WLA projects launched during her term, she was named by Missouri Lawyers' Weekly as one of the state's "Up and Coming Lawyers" in 2006. Megan is President of the board of directors of the Missouri CASA Association and a member of the boards of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the Forest Park Southeast Development Corporation. She has served as a volunteer faculty member for Missouri Girls State since 2003 when her Leadership Academy class undertook to revise and present the law curriculum as its service project.

Contact:

Judicial Law Clerk
Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District
815 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63101
Telephone: (314) 435-6569
Email: mphillips@swbell.net

Kori S. Carew

Kori Carew is married to Gary Baack and a mother to Riley Malaika Baack. She was born in Calgary, Canada, grew up in Marduguri, Nigeria, and her family is from Sierra Leone. Kori loves to read, cook, dance, sing, and spend time with her family. She is passionate about human and civil rights, and diversity issues.

Ms. Carew has been practicing law in Missouri and Kansas federal and state courts since earning her law degree from Drake University Law School in 2001. She has 1st chair and 2nd chair trial experience and defends individuals and corporations in all phases of litigation. Ms. Carew focuses a substantial amount of her practice in torts liability and her experience includes representing one of the world's largest retailers in a variety of tort and product liability claims. Ms. Carew's prior labor and employment experience includes working extensively with unions, negotiating and revising employee policies to comply with federal and state law, and investigating and defending claims of discrimination before administrative agencies and in civil litigation. Kori continues to represent clients through all phases of litigation in employment cases once a lawsuit is initiated. Her practice areas with the firm include various aspects of tort liability, product liability and employment litigation.

Contact:

Member
Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice, L.L.C.
2400 Pershing Road
Suite 500
Kansas City, MO 64108
Telephone: (816) 471-2121
Fax: (816) 472-0288

Jason H. Lamb

Jason Lamb is the prosecuting attorney of Audrain County, Missouri. He was 28 years old when he won the contested election for prosecutor, making him one of the youngest elected prosecutors to serve in Missouri. As prosecutor, Lamb handles all levels of criminal cases, ranging from speeding tickets to murder. He also oversees a "Level A" child support enforcement unit. Prior to being elected prosecutor, Lamb was an associate with The Seigfreid Law Firm of Mexico, Missouri, where he engaged in general practice. Prior to entering private practice, he was a law clerk to the Honorable Duane Benton of the Supreme Court of Missouri. Lamb is a former adjunct professor of business law and political science for Moberly Area Community College.

Lamb received his law degree from Tulane School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received his undergraduate degree in history from the University of Missouri–Columbia. Lamb currently serves as president of the Audrain County Bar Association. He is a graduate of The Missouri Bar Leadership Academy, where he and fellow Academy members developed the Law for Kids website, and promoted the Project Citizen program. Lamb is a member of the Legal Education committee of The Missouri Bar. In 2004, Lamb was named prosecutor of the year by the International Association of Arson Investigators. Lamb has served on the YLS Council since 2005.

Contact:

Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney
101 N. Jefferson
Room 306
Mexico, MO 65265
Telephone: (573) 473-5860
Fax: (573) 473-5865
Email: audrainprosecutor@swbell.net

Amy P. Maloney

Amy was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She lived with her grandparents in Kansas City, Kansas for a portion of her high school years and later decided to make Kansas City her permanent home.

Amy has been practicing labor and employment law for nearly a decade. Prior to representing employees exclusively, she worked in the employment litigation and policy group for one of the largest defense firms in Kansas City where she represented both corporate and government employers. Amy has experience in employment-related litigation and disputes with both public and private employers, including wage and hour law (FLSA), racial discrimination, sex discrimination, sexual harassment, age discrimination, disability discrimination, and whistleblower/retaliation issues, as well as with disputes arising out of executive contracts. She has played a central role in guiding clients through internal investigations and the administrative charge process of the EEOC and other agencies, and contributed to the favorable resolution of numerous employment disputes.

While in law school, Amy worked as Assistant to Mayor Emanuel Cleaver for Constituent Affairs. After graduating, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr., United States District Court - Western District of Missouri. Amy is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics concerning litigation and employment law issues. Currently, she is a Legal Services Volunteer with the Neighborhood Justice Center, St. Therese Little Flower. She also is the Editor in Chief of The Fair Labor Standards Act, 2008 Cumulative Supplement, ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law (BNA Books).

Contact:

Attorney
Holman Schiavone, LLC
4600 Madison Avenue
Suite 810
Kansas City, MO 64112
Telephone: (816) 283-8738
Fax: (816) 283-8739
Email: amaloney@hslawllc.com

Elizabeth Ortmann-Vincenzo

I graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2002. My work history includes in-house positions with Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Centocor Biologics, American Optometric Association, Fulbright & Jaworski. My practice is health care transactional with a focus on regulatory/fraud & abuse and corporate.

Contact:

Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP
8000 Maryland Ave.
Suite 1190
St. Louis, MO 63105
Telephone: (314) 505-8826

Phillip C. Boyd

I graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2002. My work history includes in-house positions with Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Centocor Biologics, American Optometric Association, Fulbright & Jaworski. My practice is health care transactional with a focus on regulatory/fraud & abuse and corporate.

Contact:

Assistant County Counselor
County of St. Louis, Missouri
41 South Central
Clayton, MO 63105
Telephone: (314) 615-2569
Email: pboyd@stlouisco.com  

Rolanda Johnson

Rolanda Johnson is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law.

After being admitted to the Missouri Bar in 2002, she began her legal career, inter alias, representing indigent fathers in Family Court. As a new attorney, Rolanda also served the community as a Public Defender for the State of Missouri. During her tenure with the Public Defenders Office, she had a total of five trials and five not guilty verdicts. Rolanda continues to serve the public as an Administrative Hearing Appeals Officer for the State of Missouri.

Rolanda is a former member of the Mound City Bar Association (MCBA) executive board (4 years). As an active MCBA member, she produced Mound City News, a MCBA publication, and she is also a contributor to the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis' newsletter the St. Louis Lawyer. Rolanda participated in CORO Women in Leadership (2004-2005) and the Missouri Leadership Academy (2004-2005). Rolanda has volunteered for the Humane Society of Eastern Missouri, Stray Rescue of St. Louis and Habitat for Humanity (in St. Louis and New Orleans - post Hurricane Katrina). Rolanda currently sits on the 2009-2010 MCBA President-Elect Planning Committee and the 2009 Humane Society of Eastern Missouri's Purses for Pooches Fundraising Committee.

Contact:

Administrative Hearing Officer
State of Missouri

Kimberly Shields

Kimberly Shields graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 2003 and began her career as an associate at Armstrong Teasdale LLP in Jefferson City. In 2006, Kimberly left private practice and went in house with the Public School Retirement System of Missouri, where she currently advises staff and members on legal issues affecting retirement. In 2004, Kimberly founded and organized the Women Lawyers' Association of Mid-Missouri and served as the Association's first President in 2004-2005. Following her year as a 2004-2005 Leadership Academy member, Kimberly was appointed as a co-vice chair for the Gender and Justice Committee of the Missouri Bar. In 2009 Kimberly was appointed co-chair of the Committee. Kimberly is a member of the Cole County Bar Association where she has served as the scholarship chair since 2007. Kimberly is also active in the Jefferson City community and serves on the Cole County Mizzou Alumni Association Board as the publicity chair. In 2007, Kimberly authored a chapter on the Rights of the Child in the third edition of the Juvenile Law deskbook published by the Missouri Bar. Kimberly is also a regular presenter on the Sunshine Law at the annual conference of the Missouri Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems.

Contact:

Staff Attorney
Public School Retirement System of Missouri
3210 West Truman Blvd.
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Telephone: (573) 638-2128
Email: kshields@psrsmo.org

Leslie T. Tolliver-Rogers

A native St. Louisian, Leslie Tolliver-Rogers is a 2001 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. A solo practitioner, Mrs. Tolliver-Rogers' firm focuses in the areas of Civil Litigation, including Domestic and Personal Injury law. Also an advisory board member of Missouri Women's Coalition, Mrs. Tolliver-Rogers is a self-proclaimed political junkie. In her spare time, Mrs. Tolliver-Rogers has a passion to serve others. To that end, Walk in your Victory, LLC, a non-profit, founded by Leslie and her daughter, Madison, has pledged to donate 30,000 pairs of children shoes to South Africa during a mission trip in November 2009. Leslie resides in St. Louis County with her daughter Madison.

Contact:

Managing Attorney
Law Office of Leslie Tolliver, LLC
231 S. Bemiston Ave.
Suite 910
Clayton, MO 63105
Telephone: (314) 863-4100 ext. 111
Email: leslie_t_tolliver@yahoo.com

Jane Drummond

Jane is an associate at Schreimann, Rackers, Francka and Blunt, LLC, where she primarily practices in the areas of administrative, employment and health care law.

She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 2001, having served as the Associate Managing Editor of the Missouri Law Review and president of Phi Alpha Delta. She also achieved Order of the Coif.

Jane began her legal career at Husch & Eppenberger, LLC (now Husch Blackwell Sanders, LLP). In 2005, she became the General Counsel of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and was later appointed by Governor Matt Blunt as that agency's director. Jane also served as Governor Blunt's General Counsel in 2006.

Jane has been a member of the Missouri Bar's Labor and Employment Law Committee since 2001, and served as the chair of the Significant Decisions Subcommittee from 2003 to 2008. She was named Chair of the Committee by Bar President Thomas Burke in 2008.

Jane is a member of the Cole County Bar Association and Women's Law Association of Mid-Missouri. She previously served as a faculty affiliate for the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life.

Contact:

Associate Attorney
Schreimann, Rackers, Francka & Blunt, LLC
2316 St. Mary's Blvd.
Suite 130
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Telephone: (573) 634-7580
Fax: (573) 635-6034
Email: jcd@srfblaw.com

Gretchen Yancey

Gretchen Yancey was born April 24th, 1976 in Hannibal, Missouri, and graduated from Hannibal High School in 1994.

After graduating from high school, Gretchen attended Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. She graduated from Drury in 1998 with a double-major in Speech Communication and English, as well as a minor in Criminology and an emphasis in Women's Studies. During her time at Drury, Gretchen was also a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority.

In 1998, Gretchen moved to Columbia, Missouri to attend law school at the University of Missouri Columbia School of Law. She graduated from law school in December 2000 and passed the bar exam in February 2001. She was admitted to the Missouri Bar on April 18, 2001, less than a week before her 25th birthday.

Gretchen spent 2 years working for the State of Missouri – Department of Health and Senior Services, and then 4 years working at Oliver Walker Wilson, LLC in Columbia, Missouri. She began working at the Law Offices of Edwin W. Orr, LLC as an Associate Attorney in 2007.

Gretchen is the immediate past President of the Women Lawyer's Association of Mid-Missouri (MO), a member of the Boone County Bar Association, and a former chair of the Boone County Bar Association's Young Lawyer's Committee. She is also currently serving on the Boone County Bar Association Family Law Committee. Gretchen is also a former advising co-chair and participant of the Missouri Bar Leadership Academy Program.

Gretchen lives in Columbia, Missouri with her husband Jim Evans, and her daughters, Faith and Grace.

Contact:

Associate Attorney
Law Offices of Edwin Orr, LLC
PO Box 7186
Columbia, MO 65205
Telephone: (573) 443-2828
Fax: (573) 443-6876
Email: gyancey@edorr.com

Michael E. Anfang

Michael Anfang is a 1996 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School. He also attended the University of Wisconsin for his undergraduate studies, having graduated in 1993. He works for the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Regional Counsel as an attorney. Michael's main areas of practice have been in health law (mainly tort claims), employment law and information law (mainly Privacy Act and HIPAA). More recently, Michael has become involved with reviewing clinical trial agreements between the VA and private industry sponsors of those clinical trials.

Contact:

Attorney
Department of Veterans Affairs—Office of Regional Counsel
1201 Walnut Street
Suite 800
Kansas City, MO 64106
Telephone: (816) 701-3080
Fax: (816) 701-3098
Email: michael.anfang@va.gov

Sreenu Dandamudi

Sreenu Dandamudi is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (A.B.), American University in Washington, DC (M.A.), and Washington University in St. Louis (J.D.). He began working in the field of professional licensing law with the Missouri Attorney General's office in 2001 and went in-house with the State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts in 2006.

Contact:

General Counsel
Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts
P.O. Box 4
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Kevin S. Hillman

Kevin Hillman currently serves as the city attorney for the City of St. Robert, Missouri. In that capacity he serves both as the city counselor and as city prosecutor in the St. Robert Municipal Court. St. Robert is one of Missouri's fastest growing cities and is located at the front gate of Fort Leonard Wood in the Missouri Ozarks.

In addition to serving as the city attorney, Mr. Hillman is also a major in the Missouri Army National Guard. He is currently assigned as a Command Judge Advocate for Headquarters, Joint Forces Missouri, Ike Skelton Training Site, Jefferson City, Missouri.

Prior to working for the City of St. Robert, Mr. Hillman was in private practice with the law firm of Smith and Turley in St. Robert. His areas of practice included criminal defense, civil litigation, and collection actions. Before entering private practice, Mr. Hillman was on active duty in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps for over five years. In that time, he served as a legal assistance attorney, a military prosecutor, and as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney.

Mr. Hillman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Centre College and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He is a graduate of the Officer Basic and Officer Advanced Courses of the U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General's School as well as the Command and General Staff Course, Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He is licensed to practice law in the states of Missouri and Ohio. He lives in Waynesville, Missouri with his wife Allison, and two daughters, Abigail and Alyssa.

Contact:

City Attorney
City of St. Robert, Missouri
194 Eastlawn Ave.
Suite A
St. Robert, MO 65584
Telephone: (573) 451-2000 ext. 1110
Cell: (573) 336-0788
Fax: (573) 336-5714
Email: khillman@saintrobert.com

David Slaby

I began my practice at McCaffree, Landoll & Slaby in 1998. I was in general practice for 9 years before making the decision to move to St. Louis last year to be closer to family. I now work for Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, P.C. focusing on family law and juvenile cases, as well as guardian ad litem appointments. I have extensive bench trial experience and have tried several jury trials to verdict.

I also enjoy community work. I am past president of the United Way of Vernon County and have worked on several other community boards over the years. I have also worked on the YMCA Youth in Government Program in the past as a volunteer attorney.

Contact:

Attorney
Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, P.C.
165 N. Meramec Avenue
6th Floor
St. Louis, MO 63105
Telephone: (314) 727-2266
Fax: (314) 727-2101
Email: dslaby@pcblawfirm.com

JR Swanegan

JR Swanegan currently serves as the Director of Diversity and Outreach Initiatives at the University of Missouri College of Engineering. In this capacity he focuses on the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority students in engineering, developing and implementing student programming, as well as alumni outreach and development duties. Prior to his current position, Swanegan served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Charles Atwell in Jackson County, Missouri and as Coordinator of Student Diversity Programs at the University of Missouri-School of Law. Swanegan is a graduate of the University of Missouri and University of Missouri-School of Law.

Contact:

Director of Diversity and Outreach Initiatives
University of Missouri, College of Engineering
W1036 Lafferre Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
Telephone: (573) 884-8508
Email: swanegana@missouri.edu

Lauren E. Tucker McCubbin

Ms. Tucker McCubbin is an associate in the litigation department at Polsinelli Shughart, where she focuses her practice on insurance coverage litigation, class action litigation, and intellectual property litigation. Before joining the firm, she clerked for the Honorable William Ray Price, Jr. at the Missouri Supreme Court. Ms. Tucker McCubbin is a 2003 graduate of Washington University School of Law and a 2000 graduate of Wellesley College.

Since graduating from the Leadership Academy, Ms. Tucker McCubbin has remained very active in the Missouri Bar, serving as a member of the Task Force on Professionalism, as well as on the Young Lawyers Section Council. Ms. Tucker McCubbin also serves on the Board of the National Conference of Women's Bar Associations, and is an active member of the Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City. Ms. Tucker McCubbin has also coached the Liberty High School Mock Trial team for several years, and regularly presents to area high school government classes about the legal system and Missouri's Non-Partisan Court Plan. Lauren and her husband, Gabe, live in Liberty, Missouri, with their two children.

Contact:

Associate Attorney
Polsinelli Shughart, PC
120 W. Twelfth St.
Kansas City, MO 64105
Telephone: (816) 360-4116
Email: ltucker@polsinelli.com

Cy Dashtaki

An Assistant Attorney General since 2005, Cy has prosecuted cases to protect Missouri consumers from deceptive and unfair trade practices, enforced Missouri's civil rights laws, fought for the rights of Missouri workers, and ensured accessibility for all persons in places of public accommodation throughout Missouri.

A native of Jefferson City, Missouri, Cy earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Lincoln University in 2002, and his law degree from Washington University School of Law in 2005.

Cy is an active member of the Missouri Bar, currently serving as a member of the Legislative Review Subcommittee of the Labor & Employment Law Committee. He also is involved in numerous community not-for-profit groups, civic and professional organizations.

Contact:

Assistant Attorney General
Office of the Missouri Attorney General
PO Box 899
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Telephone: (573) 751-3321
Fax: (573) 751-8464
Email: cyrus.dashtaki@ago.mo.gov

Amany Ragab Hacking

After graduating cum laude from Saint Louis University School of Law, Ms. Hacking served as a law clerk to the Honorable Mary K. Hoff of the Missouri Court of the Appeals, Eastern District. She subsequently practiced at two law firms in St. Louis focusing on complex civil litigation and appellate advocacy. While in private practice she received the David J. Dixon award for excellence in appellate advocacy from the Missouri Bar Foundation.

Since 2002, Ms. Hacking has served as a law clerk to the Honorable Booker T. Shaw of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District. She also taught graduate and undergraduate students at Webster University. During law school, Ms. Hacking served as the Managing Editor of the Saint Louis University Law Journal and pursued her Masters degree in Public Administration. She teaches in the School's Clinical Program.

Contact:

Assistant Clinical Professor
Saint Louis University School of Law
3700 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108
Telephone: (314) 977-2778
Email: ahacking@slu.edu

Aaron M. House

Aaron practices at Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP in the areas of general business and corporate law, real estate law, and commercial finance. Aaron has lived most of his life in the Kansas City area, and he continues to build upon his impressive record as a legal and civic leader by volunteering his time with local and national nonprofit organizations. As a graduate of the Missouri Bar's Leadership Academy, Aaron speaks at colleges in support of the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan. Prior to entering private practice, Aaron clerked for the Honorable Laura Denvir Stith, Supreme Court of Missouri, from 2005-2006.

Contact:

Associate Attorney
Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP
1200 Main Street
Suite 2300
Kansas City, MO 64105
Telephone: (816) 283-4664
Fax: (816) 421-0596
Email: aaron.house@huschblackwell.com

Jacki J. Langum

Jacki Langum joined Legal Services of Eastern Missouri in 2006 as a staff attorney with the Housing Unit and Homeless Legal Project. She represents the rights of tenants in subsidized housing including application denials, subsidy terminations, condemnations and habitability issues. In addition, Jacki works with individuals experiencing homelessness providing legal assistance to remove barriers to housing and employment.

Jacki received bachelors degrees in Journalism (with honors), Political Science and Religious Studies in 2003 and her JD in 2006 all from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Jacki is an active member of the Missouri Bar, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the Women Lawyers' Association of St. Louis.

Contact:

Staff Attorney with the Housing Unit & Homeless Legal Project
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
4232 Forest Park Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63108
Telephone: (314) 256-8746
Fax: (314) 534-1028
Email: jjlangum@lsem.org

Robert L. (Bob) Ortbals, Jr.

Bob exclusively defends employers and management in employment-related disputes in various forums throughout the U.S. His experience includes claims involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, failure-to-accommodate, FMLA interference, noncompetition and non-solicitation covenants, trade secret, and other related state and common law claims.

Bob has achieved successful results at every stage of the litigation process. At the administrative charge stage, he has successfully defended witness interviews, onsite investigations, and obtained "no probable cause" findings. He has won cases at the litigation stage through second-chairing a state court jury trial and writing successful summary judgment motions. He has also represented employers at court hearings, at mediations, by taking numerous plaintiffs' depositions, and by defending witness depositions. Finally, Bob has successfully briefed and argued several cases at the appellate level.

Bob is also active in the professional community. He recently graduated from The Missouri Bar Leadership Academy, which trains a select group of young attorneys for future leadership in The Missouri Bar, and has been selected as Advising Co-Chair for upcoming Leadership Academy classes. Bob also regularly publishes on topics related to employment law.

Contact:

Associate Attorney
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
4717 Grand Avenue
Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64112
Telephone: (816) 410-2225
Fax: (816) 471-1303
Email: bob.ortbals@ogletreedeakins.com

Amy Woods Hoyt

Amy Woods Hoyt joined the Center for Health Policy at the University of Missouri - Columbia in October 2008 and serves as the Project Director for the MO HealthNet Data Project. Prior to joining the Center for Health Policy, she worked for the Missouri Department of Social Services, serving as the Assistant Deputy Director of the MO HealthNet Division, Clinical Services Unit. Ms. Hoyt previously spent five years working for the Missouri House of Representatives Research Office as a Senior Legislative Analyst, where she staffed committees on Health Care Policy, Judiciary, Children and Families, Criminal Law, and Social Services, Medicaid and the Elderly, as well as Interim Committees on Medicaid Reform. Ms. Hoyt also has experience as a litigation attorney for the Department of Social Services, representing the Department in Child Protective Services cases before Missouri Circuit and Appellate Courts. Ms. Hoyt holds a J.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law and a B.A. from Truman State University.

Contact:

Project Director
University of Missouri - Columbia—Center for Health Policy
CE544, CS&E Building
Columbia, MO 65212
Telephone: (573) 882-6447
Fax: (573) 884-0474
Email: woodsav@health.missouri.edu

Ebony Woods McCain

Ebony McCain is an attorney at Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP. She represents employers in business and employment litigation and immigration compliance. Prior to joining Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP, Ms. McCain served as a law clerk to United States District Court Judge Charles A. Shaw in the United States District Court - Eastern District of Missouri. She received her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 2003 and her B.A. in Political Science from Rhodes College in 2000. Ms. McCain is admitted to the Missouri Bar and is a member of the American Bar Association and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. She is on the Board of Directors for the Child Day Care Association and is the Co-Director for Life Center International Church's College and Career Ministry. Ms. McCain was a member of the Missouri Bar Leadership Academy Class of 2007-2008. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Contact:

Associate Attorney
Stinson Morrison Hecker, LLP
169 North Meramec
Suite 400
St. Louis, MO 63105
Telephone: (314) 863-0800

Stephanie White Thorn

Stephanie White Thorn is a 2007 graduate of the University of Missouri Law School. During her tenure at MU, she served as the President of the Black Law Student Association, was active in the Women's Law Association and the Board of Advocates. Also during law school, as a Rule 13-certified law student in the Family Violence Clinic, Stephanie represented survivors of domestic violence in Boone and Cole County. She was granted the Jackson County Bar Association's Kit Carson Roque, Jr. Scholarship.

Ms. White Thorn is currently an Assistant Attorney General in the Governmental Affairs Division. Prior to joining the Attorney General's Office, she served as Legal Counsel for the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, Division of Worker's Compensation. She is active with the Missouri Bar Association and serves on several committees.

Prior to her legal career, Ms. White Thorn worked as an administrator in higher education.

Ms. White Thorn has studied in Paris, France and Dakar, Senegal. She is married to Andre Thorn.