ALA Faces Member and Chapter News

Anniversaries, Awards and Appointments October 2021

Members on the Move


Jennifer L. Bettencourt, an independent member, is now Senior Business Development Manager at Foley Hoag, LLP, in Boston, Massachusetts.


Robyn Campbell, a member of the Las Vegas Chapter, is now Office Administrator at Garg Golden Law Firm in Henderson, Nevada.


Kathee S. Nelson, CLM, a member of the Oregon Chapter, is now Executive Director at Wool Landon in Portland, Oregon.


David E. Otte, an independent member, is now Chief Operating Officer at Jackson Lewis PC in West Harrison, New York.


Stephen C. Wolf, CLM, CPA, a member of the New Orleans Chapter, is now Chief Operating Officer at Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP, in New Orleans, Louisiana. 


Richard L. Wood, MBA, a member of the Puget Sound Chapter, is now Executive Director at Preg O’Donnell & Gillett, PLLC, in Seattle, Washington. 


Sending Our Condolences

Tallent_Mark201502We are saddened to report the passing of ALA member Mark S. Tallent, 63. Tallent was Firm Administrator at Farrar & Bates, LLP, in Brentwood, Tennessee, and a member of the Middle Tennessee Chapter. He had long been a dedicated volunteer at the chapter, regional and international levels of this Association. Tallent was in the midst of serving a term on the Business Partner Relations Project Team. Previously, he served as Chapter President, Vice President, Treasurer and Newsletter Editor, as well as a Regional Representative in ALA’s former organizational structure.

In 2020, Tallent was honored with ALA’s Outstanding Association Volunteer Award. He was recognized alongside other 2020 and 2021 award recipients at the Association Awards Presentation at the 2021 Annual Conference & Expo. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues.

  • ALA is saddened to report the passing of retired member Gene E. Henson, 96. She spent most of her career in the legal field and in 1965 became the Firm Administrator for Smith, Currie & Hancock in Atlanta, Georgia. She remained in that position for 25 years. Henson was a founding member of the Atlanta Chapter of ALA and served as its President for 1987–1988. In 1990, she was made a lifetime member of the chapter; in 2004, the chapter created the AALA Gene Henson Scholarship in her honor. It awards $5,000 to an outstanding local senior who is interested in attending one of Georgia’s accredited higher learning institutions.

    Henson also served ALA on the international level. After her retirement, she continued to be involved in her community, serving on the boards of the Gwinnett Council for the Arts, the Vines Botanical Gardens and the County Seat Players. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Gene Henson Scholarship Fund. Our sympathies are with those who knew her.