ALA Faces Member and Chapter News

Anniversaries, Awards and Appointments February 2021

Members on the Move


LaVerne Anenia, SPHR, a member of the Capital Chapter, is now Director of IP Administration at Venable LLP in Washington, D.C.


Nate Benson, a member of the Dallas Chapter, is now Director of Finance at Mayer LLP in Dallas, Texas.


Sandra D. Haislet, a member of the Arizona Chapter, is now Firm Administrator at Practus, LLP, a virtual law firm.


Eva Carter Jaramillo, a member of the New Mexico Chapter, is now Executive Director of Rodey Dickason Sloan Akin & Robb, PA, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Paul M. Walker, CPA, MBA, a member of the Utah Chapter, is now Executive Director of Strong & Hanni in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Patricia Mortimer Simonet, an early member of ALA, passed away in January. She also served as the 1977-1978 President of the South Florida Chapter. Patty, who spent most of her adult life in Florida, served as Firm Administrator for one of the country’s largest law firms and ended her career after many years as Managing Director of a large international legal management consulting firm. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.

ALA is saddened by the death of Past President Paula K. Barnes in January. Paula was a mentor to many, an advocate of ALA and a dedicated volunteer. Her welcoming personality and compassion for others was evident everywhere she went. Paula joined ALA in November 2000 and didn’t wait long to begin her extensive and incredible volunteer journey. Eventually, she would serve as President from 2014 to 2015. Her family and friends are planning a streamed memorial and will be posting details about it on CaringBridge. We will keep them in our hearts.

With our apologies for the delay, ALA would like to recognize the passing of  Marjorie A. Miller, who served as ALA President from 1980 to 1981. Marjorie died in February 2019 at the age of 83. She was a lifelong resident of Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, and prior to her retirement worked as Administrator for Philadelphia’s Dechert LLP. Donations in her memory can be made to St. Mark Lutheran Church of Clifton Heights, of which she was a longtime, dedicated member. Our sympathies are with her family, friends and past colleagues.