The 2018 - 2019 Nominating Committee of the Capital Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators has met and is pleased to submit the following nominees for the 2018 - 2019 slate of officers. All nominees are eligible to hold office according to the Chapter bylaws and have accepted their nominations, and we are confident that they will serve the Chapter well.
We thank the Nominating Committee of Robert Bieber, Mary Randolph, LaVerne Anenia, and Vanessa Partin for their dedication to this task.
Immediate Past President
Chair, 2018 - 2019 Nominating Committee
Electronic voting will open on November 1, 2017
Director of Information Technology
Frank Schipani has been the Director of Information Technology at Gilbert LLP for the past eight years and has a total of 21 years of experience in legal technology and management. He has been an ALA member for five years and has served as the Vice President of Business Partner Advisory and chaired the chapter’s technology section. Frank is a frequent speaker and writer on legal technology issues and works to share technical knowledge with those who need it.
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
Cheryl (Sheri) Shifflett is the office manager for Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s D.C. office, and has been with the Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr since the launch of the office in 2003. She is responsible for the day-to-day operation and management of the D.C. office, including financial management, non-legal staff management, space and facilities management, and liaison with firm management. Prior to joining Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, Ms. Shifflett was the administrator for Slavit & Gill, P.C. , and she has more than 25 years of professional experience in law firm administration with an emphasis on financial reporting, employee relations and recruiting. She has been active member of the Capital Chapter for over 20 years. She has assisted with numerous volunteer activities, and has served on the Executive Committee as the Treasurer-Elect and Treasurer; Branch Section chair and co-chair; member of the Education Committee; member of the Ambassador Committee, and has written several articles for the Capital Connection newsletter. When not working, Ms. Shifflett enjoys spending time in Islamorada, Florida, boating on the Chesapeake Bay, and watching college football (Roll Tide!) . She has also been active in several non-profit groups, including the LaPlata Blue Knights Boys & Girls Club, where she served as treasurer for two years, Sacred Heart Church, and most recently the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, assisting with Hurricane Irma relief efforts.
Melody R. Watson
Gray Plant Mooty
Melody Watson is the Director of Administration for Gray Plant Mooty’s Washington, D.C. office. Melody has over 25 years of law firm experience; working in various positions that include paralegal, benefits/compensation administrator and office manager. Melody has been a member of ALA and the Capital Chapter for over 10 years and has served the chapter in various roles including the chair and co-chair of the Small Firm Administrator Section, mentor for the Ambassador’s program and a member of several committees.
Pamela Christian Wilson
Vice President Community Services-Elect
Director of Human Resources
Pamela has a 20 year history in the Human Resources and Benefits arena. Her background includes extensive involvement at a number of law firms in the areas of benefits and retirement administration, contract negotiations, recruiting, employee relations, and compensation administration. After serving as Director of Human Resources for 3 years at a private company, she began working at a law firm in 2001. She is currently the Director of Human Resources for Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC. This is her first leadership role with the ALA. She is an active member of SHRM.
Vice President Business Partner Advisory-Elect
Branch Office Manager
Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP
Monique Terrell has been the Washington DC Branch Office Manager of Philadelphia-based Stradley Ronon for the last five years; she is responsible for both operational and HR functions within her office. Throughout her 30-year legal career she has worked at some of DC’s most prestigious law firms, including Paul Weiss, Fried Frank, and Virginia-based Williams Mullen. She has also worked in the staffing industry, recruiting for DC-area law firms. Monique is passionate about increasing diversity and inclusion both within the Capital Chapter and in the legal industry as a whole. She served as the inaugural Chair of the ALACC Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and currently serves as the committee’s Co-Chair. Monique also serves as a mentor to new members through the Ambassador Program. Away from work, you will find her hanging out with her family, designing jewelry, binge-watching Netflix, or traveling to Aruba.