As we are kicking off the New Year full of hope and promise for our personal goals and aspirations to make 2018 a great year, the Chapter’s Board is in it’s final stretch for their year of service in their current positions and responsibilities. 

We have had a good year. We’ve learned a lot from our amazing luncheon speakers and webinar presentations. We have helped the Central Florida Legal Aid Society with our gifts. We have had great focus group sessions. We gave scholarships to two amazing students of our Chapter’s member’s firms. We recognized our own with well-deserved accolades for their service to our Chapter and the legal profession! We enjoyed a wonderful holiday luncheon and experienced the joy of the season through the performance of Noise Complaint! We had many learning opportunities for our members through their attendance at National and Regional Conventions. It’s been a good year and there’s still more to come!

We are gearing up now to have an outta-this-gALAxy EXPO with our amazing Business Partners at the newly remodeled Downtown Marriott on March 2nd. You must mark your calendars now to block out that day to hear our speaker, Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, NASA’s 1st Female Launch Director for Mars mission! It’s going to be an amazing and inspirational session with her. We will also be installing our new Board of Directors and enjoying the day meeting, mixing and mingling with each other and our business partners.

I again want to take this opportunity to thank our Board members who have served this year and done a really wonderful job in their roles. We all have demanding jobs and for each of you to step up and take on this additional responsibility is truly admirable. We appreciation you sharing your ideas and bringing so much creativity and freshness to our meetings, website and social media! To our incoming Board, we are grateful for your willingness to serve this next year and look forward to all you will do to advance the knowledge-sharing, comradery and community service of our Chapter in the Central Florida community.CFCALA 2017-18 Board Members

Rose Hutchinson


Michelle Gerena

Vice President

Stephanie Donaldson


Dawn Betancourt


Lenita McFeron & Sheila Sullivan

Business Partner Co-chairs

Maureen McArdle


Lisa Marcum/Lori Turnage

Education, Diversity & Webinars

Tonja Pellegrino


Debbie Wittig

Communication (Newsletter)

Robin Neill

Social Media, Photography & Website

Mellissa Waters

Focus Groups

Georgette Fried


Charlie Celauro


Ray Herod

President’s Council

Sharon Owen

Nominating Committee and Past President

Katie Shaw

Community Connection




Upcoming Meeting

Mar 20

Diversity & Inclusion Webinar

Why is diversity important, and how can we do a better job bringing diversity and inclusion to our lives and the workplace?