LSBA Staff Directory

LSBA Staff Directory


Executive Office

Executive Director
Loretta Larsen
Loretta is responsible for the overall administration of the Association's activities. She works closely with the officers, Board of Governors and House of Delegates on the LSBA's programs and operations. Loretta works with the leadership on strategic and financial planning. She manages the 40-person staff and generally oversees the day-to-day operations of the Association. Loretta joined the Bar in 1986 and became executive director in 1991.
Phone: (504) 619-0113
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 113
Fax: (504) 566-0930
loretta@lsba.org

Executive Assistant
Mindi Hunter
Mindi works closely with the executive director in providing staff support to the Board of Governors and House of Delegates by handling all advance meeting arrangements and on-site coordination. In addition to providing administrative support to the executive director, Mindi administers the LSBA’s annual elections and handles special projects related to Association governance. She joined the staff in 2012.
Phone: (504)619-0152
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 152
Fax: (504) 566-0930
mindi.hunter@lsba.org

Operations Coordinator
Mike Montamat
Mike is responsible for ensuring the efficient operation and maintenance of the Louisiana Bar Center. He also oversees the scheduling and set-up of meetings and events in the first floor conference rooms, as well as all major copy projects. Mike joined the staff in 2011.
Phone: (504) 619-0140
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 140
Fax: (504) 566-0930
mike.montamat@lsba.org

Receptionist
Robin Louque
Robin is the first person callers and guests encounter when they phone or visit the Louisiana Bar Center. She answers routine questions, and either routes calls to individuals within the Association or refers them to the appropriate outside agency. She joined the staff in 2014.
Phone: (504) 566-1600
Toll Free: (800)421-5722
Fax: (504)566-0930
robin.louque@lsba.org

General Clerk
Leah Joly
Leah provides support to all LSBA departments by handling large copy projects and setting up conference rooms for meetings and events. She also serves as the relief receptionist and provides general assistance to other staff members on an as-needed basis. She joined the staff in 2011.
Phone: (504) 619-0114
Toll Free: (800)421-5722 , ext. 114
Fax: (504) 566-0930
leah.joly@lsba.org


Access to Justice Department

Access to Justice Director
Monte T. Mollere
Monte has been with the Access to Justice program since its inception and coordinates the efforts of the Association and the Louisiana Bar Foundation in providing a stronger statewide system of delivery of legal services to the poor. Working with the Access to Justice Committee, he provides a forum for legal services and pro bono providers to network. Monte joined the staff in 1997.
Phone: (504) 619-0146
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 146
Fax: (504) 566-0930
mmollere@lsba.org

Access to Justice Technology Counsel
Linda K. Johnson
Linda coordinates technology initiatives for the Louisiana legal services providers. She works with the Access to Justice Technology Subcommittee and is responsible for developing a statewide technology plan to benefit the non-profit legal services providers in Louisiana. Linda joined the staff in 2003.
Phone: (504) 619-0123
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 123
Fax: (504) 566-0930
ljohnson@lsba.org

Access to Justice Projects Counsel
Jonathan Rhodes
Jonathan serves as the statewide coordinator of legal training and education for Louisiana legal services providers. He is responsible for planning continuing legal education seminars on topics of particular interest to public interest attorneys. He works closely with legal services providers, task forces, the Access to Justice Committee, the Right to Counsel Committee, Louisiana’s pro bono organizations and the LSBA’s CLE department. Additionally, he works with the access to justice director on other projects as necessary. Jonathan joined the staff in August 2009.
Phone: (504) 619-0148
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 148
Fax: (504) 566-0930
jonathan.rhodes@lsba.org

Access to Justice Administrative Assistant
Nicole Louque
Nicole works closely with the Access to Justice director in coordinating and facilitating the work of the LSBA's Access to Justice Committee and the projects developed to foster a strong comprehensive statewide system for the delivery of legal services. She joined the LSBA staff in 2013.
Phone: (504) 619-0106
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 106
Fax: (504) 566-0930
nicole.louque@lsba.org

ATJ Self - Represented Litigation Counsel
Michael W. Schachtman
Michael serves as the ATJ’s Self-Represented Litigation Counsel working with Louisiana’s network of Self Help Resource Centers (SHRCs). He is responsible for working with Louisiana civil district courts and other interested partners to develop, implement and coordinate administration of court-based Self Help Resource Centers for litigants without attorneys. He works closely with local court officials, bar leadership, legal service providers, pro bono organizations, universities and various other partners to assess needs and to help design services that will improve access to the justice system for financially disadvantaged and other self-represented litigants. Additionally, he works with the access to justice director on other projects as necessary. Michael joined the staff in April 2012.
Phone: (504)619-0145
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 145
Fax: (504) 566-0930
michael.schachtman@lsba.org


Administration Department

Director of Administration
Denise N. Tingstrom
Denise is responsible for maintenance of all financial operations and for oversight of membership procedures. She works closely with the treasurer, executive director and the external auditors. Denise joined the staff in 1989 as assistant bookkeeper, was promoted to bookkeeper/membership coordinator in 1990 and became a member of the executive staff in 1998.
Phone: (504) 619-0121
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 121
Fax: (504) 566-0930
dtingstrom@lsba.org

Accounting Coordinator
Susan T. Heflin
Working closely with the Director of Administration, Susan maintains section bank accounts and provides departmental clerical and administrative support. She joined the staff in 2000.
Phone: (504) 619-0103
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 103
Fax: (504) 566-0930
sheflin@lsba.org

Member Records Coordinator
Kim Lane Vitale
Kim maintains member data in the association management database including adding new members, facilitating status changes, and posting annual dues. She handles requests for certificates of good standing and replacement membership cards and handles requests for rental of membership lists. She joined the staff in 2000.
Phone: (504) 619-0125
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 125
Fax: (504) 566-0930
klane@lsba.org

Member Records Secretary
Maryja Serigny
Maryja devotes most of her time to processing Attorney Registration Statements, Section Membership Applications and updating member data in the association management database. She also handles requests for certificates of good standing, replacement membership cards and provides departmental clerical support. She joined the staff in 2005.
Phone: (504) 619-0120
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 120
Fax: (504) 566-0930
mserigny@lsba.org

Member Records Assistant
Sharon L. Lessing
Sharon assists in updating and maintaining the member data in the association management database. She also handles requests for certificates of good standing, replacement membership cards and provides departmental clerical support. She joined the staff in 2006.
Phone: (504) 619-0101
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 101
Fax: (504) 566-0930
smatrana@lsba.org


Communications Department

Communications Director
Kelly Ponder
Kelly directs the Association's communications efforts, including the Louisiana Bar Journal, "Bar Briefs," the Annual Report, social media and the website. She also organizes media coverage for the LSBA's activities and serves as staff liaison to the Public Information Committee, the Community Action Committee and the Young Lawyers Division. She joined the staff in 2007.
Phone: (504) 619-0118
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 118
Fax: (504) 566-0930
Kelly.Ponder@lsba.org

Publications Coordinator
Darlene M. LaBranche
Darlene has primary responsibility for writing, editing and design of the Louisiana Bar Journal, "Bar Briefs" and the e-newsletter “Louisiana Bar Today.” After working on LSBA publications on a contract basis since 1993, she joined the full-time staff in 2004.
Phone: (504) 619-0112
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 136
Fax: (504) 566-0930
dlabranche@lsba.org

Program Coordinator - Meetings and Events
Kayuyum Koban
Kaya is responsible for planning, organizing managing and facilitating all aspects of the Association’s annual meeting, midyear meeting and other special events.
Phone: (504) 619-0116
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 116
Fax: (504) 566-0930
kaya.koban@lsba.org

Program Coordinator - Marketing and Sections
Christine A. Richard
Christine has primary responsibility for providing staff support to the Association's voluntary sections, serves as liaison to the Section Council and works closely with the communications director on committee administration. She also has the responsibility to enhance and cultivate new relationships between the LSBA and it endorsed sponsors. She joined the staff in 1995 and was promoted in 2000.
Phone: (504) 619-0105
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 105
Fax: (504) 528-9154
crichard@lsba.org

Communications Coordinator – Online Media
Danielle E. Boveland
Danielle is responsible for coordinating online member communications. She oversees the Bar’s online presence through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Pinterest. She also serves as a staff liaison to the Leadership LSBA Class and the Crystal Gavel Award Committee. Danielle joined the staff in 2008.
Phone: (504) 619-0147
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 147
Fax: (504) 566-0930
danielle.boveland@lsba.org

Communications Coordinator - Graphic Design
Barbara D. Baldwin
Barbara is responsible for the design of the Louisiana Bar Journal, the "Bar Briefs" and for all printed media associated with LSBA programs and events. She joined the staff in 2008.
Phone: (504)619-0142
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 142
Fax: (504) 566-0930
barbara.baldwin@lsba.org

Communications Assistant
Krystal Bellanger Rodriguez
Krystal is responsible for assisting the Communications Director with the execution of communications strategy for the association while providing ongoing public relations support. She also implements the association’s advertising strategy, including advertising sales for all communications vehicles including the Louisiana Bar Journal, “Bar Briefs” and LSBA.org. She joined the staff in 2006.
Phone: (504) 619-0131
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 131
Fax: (504) 566-0930
kbellanger@lsba.org


Information Technology Department

Director of Information Technology
Tony LaVerde
The LSBA’s first Director of Information Technology, Tony is responsible for technological planning and implementation. He oversees day-to-day operations of all information technology including business application/web development, voice/data services, information systems security, document management, staff/member communication systems, and network/workstation operations. Tony is responsible for investigating all aspects of technology and technology development to support the LSBA’s current and long range business goals. He joined the staff in October 2007.
Phone: (504) 619-0117
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 117
Fax: (504) 528-9154
tony.laverde@lsba.org

Systems Administrator
Ashley J. Cambre
Ashley has been with the Bar since 2008 and is responsible for administering and maintaining the servers, as well as workstation hardware and software. In addition, he monitors systems health and performance; recommends and installs system upgrades; and serves as the internal email administrator.
Phone: (504) 619-0139
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 139
Fax: (504) 528-9154
ashley.cambre@lsba.org

Web Administrator
Darin P. Trittel
Darin coordinates and manages the technical aspects of the Louisiana State Bar Association Web site, LSBA.org, and recommends and implements existing and emerging technologies to accomplish the association's goals utilizing the Web site. Darin joined the LSBA staff in October 2000.
Phone: (504) 619-0136
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 136
Fax: (504) 566-0930
dtrittel@lsba.org


Professional Programs Department

Associate Executive Director
Cheri Cotogno Grodsky
As Associate Executive Director, Cheri assists with the overall management of the LSBA and oversees the Association’s professional programs, including Practice Assistance and Continuing Legal Education. She also works with the Client Assistance Foundation and the Committee on the Profession. She is responsible for the development, implementation and operation of the Practice Assistance and Improvement Program, whereby complaints of minor attorney misconduct or mismanagement are diverted from the disciplinary process in order to educate the lawyer, prevent future misconduct and obtain prompt resolution of client complaints. Cheri works with the CLE Program Committee and has financial oversight for the Association’s CLE seminars. Cheri joined the staff in 1998 after working for 15 years with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.
Phone: (504) 619-0107
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 107
Fax: (504) 598-6753
cgrodsky@lsba.org

Professional Programs Practice Assistance Counsel
William N. King
Bill works closely with the associate executive director for professional programs in the administration of the Practice Assistance and Improvement Program and other professional programs of the Association. He is responsible for the administration of the LSBA Opinion Service. Bill joined the staff in 2000 after working for seven years as deputy disciplinary counsel with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.
Phone: (504) 619-0109
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 109
Fax: (504) 598-6753
bking@lsba.org

Professional Programs Ethics Counsel
Richard P. Lemmler, Jr.
Richard works closely with the Rules of Professional Conduct Committee regarding lawyer advertising and is responsible for the day-to-day administration of lawyer advertising filed with the LSBA. Richard also assists with the Ethics Advisory Service. Richard joined the staff in 2002, after practicing law in New Orleans for 14 years as a solo general practitioner. Before joining the staff, he also served as an appointed, volunteer lawyer-member (then chair) of a hearing committee for the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board.
Phone: (504) 619-0144
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 144
Fax: (504) 598-6753
rlemmler@lsba.org

Professional Programs Ethics Counsel
Eric Barefield
Eric works with the Ethics Advisory Service to provide confidential, informal, non-binding advice and advisory opinions to eligible members of the Bar to assist them in resolving ethical dilemmas that arise in their practices and is responsible for the administration of the Ethics Advisory Service. Eric also assists with lawyer advertising filed with the LSBA. He joined the staff as practice assistance counsel in 2005, after working with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel for seven years. He was initially responsible for the implementation of the LSBA Law Office Management Assistance Program. He also worked as an assistant district attorney for three years with the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office.
Phone: (504) 619-0122
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 122
Fax: (504) 598-6753
ebarefield@lsba.org

Practice Management Counsel
Shawn L. Holahan
Shawn is a member of the Professional Programs Department as Practice Management Counsel. She is responsible for the administration of the Law Office Management Assistance Program, which supplies LSBA members with information and resources in the core areas of marketing, management, technology and finance so that its members can manage their practices more effectively. In addition to administrating the LSBA’s Solo and Small Firm Conference, she is responsible for the administration of the LSBA Fee Dispute Resolution Program. She also works with the Legislation Committee and assists with other professional programs of the association. Shawn joined the staff in March 2010, after having been a litigator in New Orleans for more than 20 years.
Phone: (504)619-0153
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 153
Fax: (504) 598-6753
shawn.holahan@lsba.org

CLE Coordinator
Annette C. Buras
Annette works with the associate executive director for professional programs and CLE Program Committee to plan and implement approximately 45-50 seminars each year. She handles site selection, coordination of promotional materials and communications with committee members and speakers. She oversees the processing of registrations for Bar-sponsored CLE seminars and works on site at Bar-sponsored seminars. Annette also works with the On-line CLE catalog. Annette joined the staff as receptionist in 1992 and was promoted to her current position in 2006.
Phone: (504) 619-0102
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 102
Fax: (504) 598-6753
aburas@lsba.org

Professional Programs Administrative Assistant
Connie P. Sabio
Connie provides clerical support and works closely with the associate executive director for professional programs in the administration of the diversionary programs, the lawyer/client assistance program and other professional programs. Connie joined the staff in 1998 after working for the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board for five years.
Phone: (504) 619-0108
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 108
Fax: (504) 598-6753
connies@lsba.org

Ethics Secretary
Lucia C. Anderson
Lucia provides clerical support and works closely with ethics counsel in the administration of the Ethics Advisory Service and assists with other professional programs. Lucia joined the staff in 2009.
Phone: (504) 619-0110
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 110
Fax: (504) 598-6753
lucia.anderson@lsba.org

Senior Practice Assistance Secretary
Wendy S. Roberts
Wendy provides clerical support and works closely with practice assistance counsel in the operation of the Practice Assistance and Improvement Program. Wendy joined the staff in 2000 as an MCLE secretary.
Phone: (504) 619-0135
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 135
Fax: (504) 598-6753
wroberts@lsba.org

Ethics Assistant
Dale C. LeBlanc
Dale provides clerical support and works closely with ethics counsel in the administration of lawyer advertising duties. Dale joined the staff in 2003.
Phone: (504) 619-0143
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 143
Fax: (504) 598-6753
dleBlanc @lsba.org

CLE Secretary
Bridget Berins
Bridget handles processing of registrations for Bar-sponsored CLE seminars, as well as requests for seminar information. She also works on site at LSBA seminars and assists with the On-line CLE seminar catalog. Bridget joined the staff in 2009.
Phone: (504) 619-0137
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 137
Fax: (504) 598-6753
bridget.berins@lsba.org

Practice Assistance Secretary
Kristy G. Nunez
Kristy provides clerical support and works closely with practice management counsel. Kristy joined the staff in 1998 and has worked with the administration director and the practice assistance department until assuming her current position.
Phone: (504) 619-0138
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 138
Fax: (504) 598-6753
kristy.nunez@lsba.org


Specialization Department

Executive Director
Barbara M. Shafranski
Barbara is the Executive Director of the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization. She oversees the legal specialty areas which have been created and the creation of new specialty areas. She joined the staff in 2012.
Phone: (504) 619-0128
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 128
Fax: (504) 598-6753
barbara.shafranski@lsba.org


Member Outreach and Diversity Department

Director of Member Outreach and Diversity
Tricia R. Pierre
Tricia is responsible for outreach efforts, with specific emphasis on the following: furthering organizational diversity goals, objectives, and strategies that produce best practices and help to promote inclusiveness; strengthening local and specialty bar relationships through supporting bar programming, membership, and networking efforts; and coordinating the assessment of present and proposed member benefits to ensure that members have access to benefits that will enhance their practices. She also serves as the staff liaison to the Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession and the LSBA Leadership Class. Tricia joined the staff in March 2014.
Phone: (504) 444-7378
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 129
Fax: (504) 566-0930
Tricia.Pierre@lsba.org

Outreach Coordinator
Michelle Neal
Michelle is primarily responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with Louisiana's local and specialty associations to enhance or expand programs and activities that benefit Louisiana lawyers. She also researches proposed member benefits and makes recommendations on their potential value to LSBA members. Additionally, Michelle assists with the implementation of diversity initiatives. She joined the LSBA staff in January 2014.
Phone: (504)619-0151
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 151
Fax: (504) 566-0930
michelle.neal@lsba.org

Executive Secretary
Eve Goudeau
Eve assists the Director of Member Outreach and Diversity through administrative duties, with various aspects of the operation of the LSBA in furtherance of organizational diversity goals, objectives, and strategies that produce best practices and help to promote inclusiveness. She also provides staff support for outreach programs and initiatives. Eve joined the staff in September 2014.
Phone: (504)619-0115
Toll Free: (800)421-5722, ext. 115
Fax: (504) 566-0930
eve.goudeau@lsba.org




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