Leadership Academy Alumni

From the inaugural class in 2001 to the 2019 class, Leadership Academy has graduated more than 200 alumni. Following graduation, nearly all graduates have actively participated in one or more bar activities: 

  • Nine have been elected to the Board of Governors;
  • 12 have been appointed by either the Supreme Court of Missouri or The Missouri Bar to a special task force or commission;
  • Seven have served on the Client Security Fund Committee;
  • Two are volunteers in the Fee Dispute Resolution program;
  • 11 serve or have served on the Advisory Committee on Citizenship Education;
  • 75 have participated as speakers, moderators or authors for CLE programs and publications;
  • 25 have served as a committee chair or co-chair;
  • 20 were or are elected in the Young Lawyers’ Section Council;
  • 12 have participated or currently participate in the legislative review process;
  • 15 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; and
  • Two have served as a Division Chair.

Leadership Academy Service Projects

Class of 2019-2020

Whitney L. Fay
Whitney L. Fay
Littler Mendelson, PC
Elizabeth Diana Hatting
U.S. Attorney's Office - Civil Division
Alexandra Hemphill
Tamar Elise Hodges
Tamar Elise Hodges
Jenna Homeyer
Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Office
Jesus Armando Osete
Missouri Attorney General's Office
Ashley Ray
Missouri Attorney General's Office
Shelly Ann Rosenfelder
Russell Joseph Shankland
Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
Lesley Diana Smith
Federal Public Defender- Western District MO
John Paul Torbitzky
Reichardt Torbitzky LLC
Robin Deneese Winn
Winn Law Firm, LLC

Class of 2018-2019 

Revised A Missouri Guide to Succession Planning, designed as a comprehensive resource for Missouri lawyers as they plan to transition out of law practice. The class chose this project to update a resource originally drafted in 2005, but not updated to include recent changes to Rule 5.26 regarding designation and appointment of trustees. The updated resource will also add checklists and forms to assist practitioners in planning for transitions in practice.

Portia Jonae Britt
Portia Jonae Britt
Maryville University
Branden Darrell Brooks
Branden Darrell Brooks
Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice
Melissa Dawn Buchanan
City of Columbia
Olenka Maria George
Amy Renee Jackson
Amy Renee Jackson
Williams Dirks Dameron
Kristen Shively Johnson
Missouri Attorney General's Office
Charles Taylor Lee
Hall Ansley P.C.
Maurice Lamar Moss
City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri
Rachel Catherine Rutter
Rutter Law Firm, LLC
Hon. Scott James Schrum
Cara Christine Stuckel
Cara Christine Stuckel
Anheuser Busch
Kimberly Nicole Turner
Solo Practice

Class of 2017-2018 

Created ShowMeRights.org, an online resource designed to help teenagers and young adults understand their rights and responsibilities as they enter adulthood. Topics covering questions about employment, immigration and citizenship, credit and consumer rights, drinking, selective service, cyberbullying, sex crimes, voting and others are outlines in a clear and easy online format. This information will be shared with the bar’s education partners and schools throughout the state.
Nathan Matthew Atkinson
U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons
Nicholas Austin Fax
Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law
Heather Jasmine Hardinger
The Meyers Law Firm
Umo Orok Ironbar-Brandt
Carol Denise Jansen
Missouri State Public Defender
Melesa Nicole Johnson
Seyferth Blumenthal & Harris LLC
Jacob Anthony Lewis
Strong, Garner, Bauer P.C.
Jacqueline Veronica Jimenez Mejia
Greene County Juvenile Office
Christina Amandla Peters
Josephine Larison Stockard
U.S. Attorney's Office
Jacob William Thessen
Dentons US LLP
Kevin Vincent Thompson
Kevin Vincent Thompson
Thompson Law Offices, LLC
Abigail Leigh Twenter

Class of 2016-2017 

  Created an online civics education resource geared toward fourth and fifth graders in Missouri. The resource discusses the standard civic education materials, including the constitution and separation of powers, and also the role of lawyers--whether as litigators or transaction attorneys. This resource provides an overview of courts and judges, what lawyers do, as well as information about torts, contracts, and criminal proceedings.  

Eisha Ahmed
Danielle Marie Atchison
Danielle Marie Atchison
Mdivani Corporate Immigration Law Firm
Sarah Beth Bernard
Missouri State Public Defender
Matthew Edward DePaz
Matthew Edward DePaz
Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
Charles Nathan Dunville
Charles Nathan Dunville
Neale and Newman, LLP
David Lee McCain, Jr.
David Lee McCain, Jr.
Missouri Attorney General's Office
Mohsen Paiam Khajeh Pasha
Mohsen Paiam Khajeh Pasha
Austin Jay Preston
Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown, P.C.
Benjamin Allen Stelter-Embry
Protzman Law Firm
Shatrasha LeighAnn Stone
Shatrasha LeighAnn Stone
Clayton Lehr Thompson
Ford, Parshall & Baker, L.L.C.

Class of 2015-2016  

Developed a 12-week social media campaign designed to link the bar with its newer members. The campaign – entitled So Now You’re a Lawyer – will provide tips, insights, and links to resources while serving as a point of connection for new Missouri Bar members. Each member of the Leadership Academy class developed blog posts and photos to answer common questions of news lawyers, such as how to find a job, how to file a document, or how to act in front of a judge. The content will be shared across social media platforms utilized by The Missouri Bar, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. Connect with and join the conversation using #NewMOLawyers. Although geared toward new lawyers, the project will also serve the bar’s overall communication strategy by providing information to new and seasoned lawyers alike about the services and information available from the organization. 
Kathleen Elizabeth Croker
Phelps County Family Crisis Services, Inc.
Christopher David Dandurand
Christopher David Dandurand
The Gorny Law Firm
Damien Sepher Bhakti de Loyola
Matthew Paul Diehr
Husch Blackwell, LLP
Bryan Dane Fisher
Neale & Newman
Tiffany Tanae Frazier
Armstrong Teasdale LLP
Amanda Nicole Johnson
Amanda Nicole Johnson
Greene County Prosecutor's Office
Catherine Allen Larrison
Steven Alan Ramsey
Veteran's United Home Loans
Emma Ruth Schuering
Polsinelli, PC
Laurie Alexa Washington
O'Reilly Auto Parts

Class of 2014-2015 

Public Resource Directory. This extensive online listing of resources available to Missouri citizens at the local, state and federal levels include contact information specific to each county in the state of Missouri. The directory includes information about how to find and choose a lawyer, resources for families in need, health care resources, help for victims of domestic violence, information about Social Security and disability, consumer protection, criminal law, employment law, housing issues, immigration, and a comprehensive list of contact information for government agencies at all levels. The Public Resource Directory is published under the “Public Resources” tab at missourilawyershelp.org.
Louis Jared Boyd
City of St. Louis
Erin Devi Dark
Mosaic Health System
Sarah Lynn Devlin
Sarah Lynn Devlin
Board of Nursing
Karma Quiana Edwards
Law Office of Karma Q. Edwards
Danielle R. Kincaid
Danielle R. Kincaid
The Elder Law Group
Summer Lane Masterson-Goethals
Masterson Law
Michael Lee Miller
Mid-Missouri Bank
Christa Barber Moss
Christa Barber Moss
United States Attorney's Office
Tracy Leann Spradlin
Tracy Leann Spradlin
Spradlin Kennedy, LLC
Vanessa Marie Starke
Starke Law Offices, LLC
Patrick Joseph Thornton
Lewis Rice, LLC
Stephan Robert Tomlinson
Stephan Robert Tomlinson
Missouri Department of Mental Health

Class of 2013-2014 

Developed content for two programs for expansion of Mini Law School for the Public. The first, Becoming a Lawyer, examines the intensive process from law school to the bar exam to continuing legal education and the ethical rules all attorneys must follow. The second, Civil versus Criminal, explains the differences between civil and criminal cases. The two presentations are available for use as part of a half-day program for attorneys or judges to offer to their local community, allowing the Mini Law School for the Public to expand to any corner of the state.
Maureen Michaela Brady
McShane & Brady, LLC
Laura Kathleen Bailey Brown
Fisher & Phillips, LLP
Jose S. Caldera
Jose S. Caldera
Harper, Evans, Wade, and Netemeyer
Jordan Leigh Force
Force Law Office
Juan Alexander Gomez Rodriguez
(RAICES) Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services
Benjamin James Hodges
Foster Garvey PC
Charnissa E. Holliday Scott
Ronald Nguyen
The Law Office of Ronald Nguyen
Camille L. Roe
Abbie Elizabeth Hesse Rothermich
Missouri Attorney General's Office
Michelle Feit Schwerin
Stephanie Leilani Wan
Stephanie Leilani Wan
United States Attorney's Office

Class of 2012-2013 

Developed scripts and created a series of videos to provide information and raise awareness of The Missouri Lawyers’ Assistance Program.

Tanya Katherine Alm
Audrain Cnty Prosecutor
Adam A. Brown
Arimeta Renae DuPree
A. DuPree & Associates, LLC
Elizabeth Veronica Grana
Lawrence William Hardwick
Lawrence William Hardwick
William Hardwick Attorney at Law LLC
Lauren Anne Horsman
Lauren Anne Horsman
Chapman and Cowherd, P.C.
Andrea Rose Long
Andrea Rose Long
Justin LaMar Mason
Samir Ramesh Mehta
Stinson LLP
William Patrick Mobley
Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center
Daniel Francis Portnoy
Jackson County Prosecutor's Office
Ryan Christopher Turnage
Schnuck Markets, Inc.

Class of 2011-2012 

Developed The Internet is Forever, a collection of lesson plans, student assessments, PowerPoint presentations, and learning activities for teachers. The lessons are grouped into five categories. There is also an overview explaining the project, its purpose and goals to parents and school administrators.
Goldie Tompkins Bockstruck
Cassie Janae Carpenter Bugalski
Gump & Faiella, LLC
Patrick Charles Edwards
US Attorney's Office
Sara Weilert Gillette
Kutak Rock LLP
Sheena R. Hamilton
Dowd Bennett LLP
Christopher William Lebeck
City of Branson
Jessica Mari Mendez
Energizer Holdings, Inc.
Erica Lynn Mynarich
Erica Lynn Mynarich
Cantin Mynarich LLC
Cassandra Joy Washington
CJ Washington Law Firm

Class of 2010-2011 

Developed Practical Aspects of Practicing Law: A Manual for New Missouri Lawyers, a manual for new Missouri lawyers to provide practical tips and guidance on handling issues and navigating situations frequently encountered by those new to the practice of law.
Jonathan Zachary Bickel
The Robertson Law Group, LLC
Aarnarian D. Carey
Lewis Rice LLC
Darryl Martin Chatman, Jr.
United Soybean Board
Susan Brooks Henderson Moore
Polsinelli PC
Kendra RoShelle Howard
Yamini Alamelu Laks
Marel, Inc
Andrew Charles Lawson
New Madrid County Prosecutor's Office
Jason Robert McClitis
Blake & Uhlig, PA
Kate Elizabeth Noland
Kate Elizabeth Noland
Noland Law Firm
James Kendall Seal
James Kendall Seal
Angela Alvarez Simmons
Jonathan Sternberg
Jonathan Sternberg
Jonathan Sternberg, Attorney, P.C.
Jerri Jiarui Zhang
16th Judicial Circuit Court Div 19

Class of 2009-2010 

Developed 21st Century Professional Perspectives, a video that addresses issues of ethics, civility, and professionalism. The class members wrote, directed, produced, and acted in the video, which is available from The Missouri Bar as an instructional aid for use in law school courses and continuing legal education programs.
Ashley Helen Atwell
Holman Schiavone LLC
Dianna Raynett Collins
Kerry Christine Feld
Bonial & Associates, P.C.
Robert Lee Hess, II
University of Missouri
Bruce Edward Hopson
Brown & Crouppen, P.C.
Robert Stephen Kenney
Robert Stephen Kenney
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Fibbens Addo Koranteng
Koranteng Law Firm, LLC
Hon. Jalilah Otto
Hon. Jalilah Otto
16th Judicial Circuit
Adam Pekelo Pihana
Hall Ansley, PC
Christallyn McCloud Williams

Class of 2008-2009 

Met with new attorneys at the spring enrollment ceremony to provide information and encourage involvement in bar activities. The class also produced a podcast series entitled We Are The Missouri Bar, featuring past and present Leadership Academy members and Missouri Bar leaders discussing their involvement in the bar.
Melanie Daily
University of Kansas School of Law
Ryan Todd DeBoef
Missouri State University
James Edward Gore
Micah D. Hall
The Hall Law Firm, LLC
Kirra Nicole Jones
Polsinelli PC
Lacy Michelle Fields Keune
Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.
Jennifer Maureen McAdam
Kristol Whatley Simms
Ameren Corporation
Stephanie Dawn White Thorn
Ronda Fay Williams
Savvis, Inc.
Guillermo Gabriel Zorogastua
Polsinelli PC

Class of 2007-2008 

Created a public service announcement to advance public awareness about the Missouri Non-Partisan Court Plan. The PSA was broadcast through The Missouri Bar YouTube channel. The class also presented to hundreds of college students about the Plan.
Beth Katherine Anderson
Jacqueline Louise Blocker
Cyrus C. Dashtaki
Dashtaki Law Firm, LLC
Amany Ragab Hacking
Hacking Law Practice
Aaron Michael House
House Law LLC
Amy Veronica Hoyt
Amy Veronica Hoyt
Department of Commerce Insurance
Jacki Janelle Langum
ArchCity Defenders
Ebony Monika McCain
Circuit Executive's Office- Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
Shahzad Naseem
Berkowitz Oliver LLP
Robert Lee Ortbals, Jr.
Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

Class of 2006-2007 

Updated Missouri Bar pamphlet previously titled "Stepping Out." The title was changed to Turning 18: Some Things About the Law You Need to Know and covered topics ranging 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 Edward Anderson
Division of Legal Services, Department of Social Services
Michael Edward Anfang
Department of Veterans Affairs
Francesca Flynn Cheroutes
US Dept of Labor
C. Michelle Coleman
Coleman Consulting, LLC
Sreenivasa Rao Dandamudi
Omar Duvial Davis
Karlla Shevon Dozier
Saint Louis Public Schools
Julia Sommer Grus
Shelter Insurance - Claims Litigation
Kevin Scott Hillman
Kevin Scott Hillman
David McClain Slaby
Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, PC
Albert Madison Swanegan, III
Lauren Elyse Tucker McCubbin
Lauren Elyse Tucker McCubbin

Class of 2005-2006 

Organized a 5K race at the Missouri Bar's Solo and Small Firm Conference to benefit The Missouri Bar Loan Repayment Assistance Program.
Jane Christine Drummond
Missouri Hospital Association
Michael James Hackworth
Hackworth Ferguson & Thompson, L.L.C.
Scott Allen Hamblin
Brydon Swearengen & England, PC
Jamica Dionne Johnson
Wells Fargo
Julia Diane Kitsmiller
United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
Ms. Kemba Niambi Logan
Nicole Leanne Sublett
Healthcare Services Group
Jennifer Lea Hackworth Thompson
Hackworth Ferguson & Thompson, L.L.C.
Gretchen Lea Yancey
Carson & Coil, PC

Class of 2004-2005 

Translated the bar’s domestic violence public information brochure into Spanish. The class also developed a list of shelters and organizations to assist in distributing the brochures to Spanish-speaking Missourians.
Phillip Calvin Boyd
Adam McCaffry Burkemper
Ms. Adriane Dixon Crouse
Secretary of Senate
Lenin Vicente Guerra
Lenin V. Guerra, LLC Attorney at Law
Wendy Michelle Hickey
Rolanda Johnson
Lynn Weddle Judkins
Lynn Weddle Judkins
J.D. Law Group, L.L.P.
Teresa R. Keller
Olathe Health
Kimberly Jan Shields
Leslie Tolliver
St. Louis Public Schools
Karen Cherese Warren
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

Class of 2003-2004

Created a website to provide young people with information about legal issues they are likely to encounter (e.g. family and domestic, labor and employment, juvenile, criminal, etc.).
Koriambanya Sana Carew
Koriambanya Sana Carew
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Hon. Suzette Carlisle-Flowers
Missouri Division of Workers' Compensation
Tamara Jameson Fox
Fox & Gary LLC
Hon. Jason Harris Lamb
Circuit Judge 12th Circuit
Amy P. Maloney
Maloney O'Laughlin PLLC
Nelson Valentin Munoz
Office of City Attorney
Elizabeth A. Ortmann-Vincenzo
Blink Health
Robert Daniel Paredes, II
Paredes Law, LLC

Class of 2002-2003 

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 Renee Hicks Franks
Gwendelyn Garcia
Garrison Law Office
Nancy Jo Morales Gonzalez
Social Security Administration
Hon. Joseph Lee Hensley
Jasper Co. Courts Bldg., Div 5
Hon. Matthew Michael Krohn
Phebe Ann La Mar
Smith Lewis, LLP
Megan Elizabeth Phillips
Megan Elizabeth Phillips
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
Tracy Lee Powell
Thomas Bradford Snider
Bandre Hunt Snider, LLC
Andrea N.L. Zimmerman
Zimmerman Law, LLC

Class of 2001-2002 

The class 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 Thomas Chapel, Jr.
The Chapel Law Group, LLC
Matthew Joseph Devoti
Casey, Devoti & Brockland
Christian L. Faiella
Gump & Faiella, LLC
Holly Erin Joyce
Maynard & Joyce, LLC
Jolie Lynne Justus
Truman Medical Centers
Maylin Wong Mahoney
Wolk & Associates, P.C.
Victoria Mauck
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Brent Daniel Newman
Katharine Shepherd Porter
Attorney at Law
Scott Andrew Robbins
Scott Andrew Robbins
Kennedy, Kennedy, Robbins & Yarbro, LC

Class of 2000-2001

Service 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 format.
Hon. James David Beck
Lincoln County Justice Center
John Eberhart Cozean
Cozean Law Firm, LLC
Danelle Carter Duffy
Duffy Law Firm, LLC
Kimberley Cox Fournier
Missouri Attorney General's Office
Vanita Ransom Massey
Hon. Katherine Hardy Senkel
Timothy Jeremiah Smith
Rudman & Smith
Michael Anthony Williams
Williams Dirks Dameron LLC