ALA Faces Member and Chapter News

Anniversaries, Awards and Appointments November/December 2021

Members on the Move


Kayla M. Carroll, a member of the Edmonton Chapter, is now Director of Human Resources at Dane Creek Capital Corporation in Mississauga, Ontario.


Jessica Johnson, a member of the Minnesota Chapter, is now Office Administrator at Fox Rothschild LLP in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Porsha Lee, a member of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter, is now Office Administrator at Dykema Gossett, PLLC, in Los Angeles, California.


Cathy Mauder, a member of the Columbus Chapter, is now Director of Financial Operations at Ice Miller, LLP, in Columbus, Ohio.

Vicki Scruggs

Vicki L. Scruggs, a member of the Middle Tennessee Chapter, is now Director of Administration at Spencer Fane LLP in Nashville, Tennessee.


Michelle M. Sheppard, a member of the Dallas Chapter, is now Director of Legal Operations at Stewart Law Group in Dallas, Texas.


Howard H. Smith Jr., a member of the Atlanta Chapter, is now Human Resources Manager at Hawkins Parnell & Young, LLP, in Atlanta, Georgia.


Beth Sturga, a member of the Atlanta Chapter, is now Office Administrator at Fisher Phillips in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Debra L. Tejada (not pictured), a member of the Palm Beach County Chapter, is now Firm Administrator at Shendell & Pollock, PL, in Boca Raton, Florida.


Kimberly D. Tooley, a member of the Greater Kansas City Chapter, is now Payroll Manager at Polsinelli in Kansas City, Missouri.


The 2021 Spirit of ALA Award Recipient


Several years ago, the Board of Directors created an honor to recognize individuals for special and unique achievements. The Spirit of ALA Award is not bestowed every year, but this year the Awards Program Project Team had the privilege of posthumously recognizing Past President Paula K. Barnes with it. This was announced during the Association Luncheon at the 2021 Annual Conference & Expo in October.

Paula sadly passed away in January after an intense battle with acute myeloid leukemia, but members will remember her as we knew her: a mentor to many, an advocate of ALA and a dedicated volunteer. The Spirit of ALA Award is not an annual honor — it is only presented as warranted to a stellar individual whose commitment to professionalism, dedication to the advancement of the legal management profession and record of long-term service to the Association sets the standard for all who aspire to achievement, excellence and success. Click here to learn more about Paula’s amazing journey with ALA and how she left an indelible mark on the Association during her time with us.

Sending Our Condolences

ALA is saddened to report that member Corliss Freeman, MBA, has passed away. She served as Controller at Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss PLLC in Washington, D.C. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues.