Membership Chair: Kelly Galigan
Communications Chair: Michelle Philo, Laurie Rowen, Tracy Hughes
Members: Cathy Fitzpatrick, Tracy Hughes, Colleen McCarthy, Laurie Rowen, Lucia Valenzuela, Jessica Achtsam
The Membership Committee is responsible for raising awareness about the OCWLA and its mission, attracting new members, retaining existing members, and helping members engage with OCWLA.
Chair: Sarah Nowels
Member: Jessica Munk
The Events Committee shall be responsible for organizing events which furthers the mission of OCWLA, raises funds for OCWLA, and develops meaningful professional connections. Events include the Annual Gala, Mardi Gras, Women Judges Reception, Holiday Installation Dinner and mixers/socials.
- Awards Subcommittee*
Chair: Jaqueline Beaumont
Member: Jessica Achtsham, Kelly Galligan, Colleen McCarthy
Responsible for soliciting and evaluating nominations for awards related to these events (i.e. Attorney of the Year, Judge of the Year, President’s Award, etc.)
- Annual Gala Subcommittee
Chair: Sarah Nowels
Members: Ashley Sedaghat, Sheila-Maria Finkelstein, Tracy Hughes, Jessica Munk, Lucia Valenzuela, Betty Fracisco
Gala Foundation Liaison: Jaimi Groothuis
Chair: Sheila-Marie Finkelstein (Jan – May) & Kelly Galligan (June – Nov.)
Members: Jacqueline Beaumont, Colleen McCarthy
The Program Committee shall be responsible for arranging all programs for the education of the membership with the approval of the Board.
Chair: Dana Heyde
Members: Jessica Achtsham, Jessica Munk, Laurie Rowen, Jaimi Groothuis, Heather Stangle-Smith
The Philanthropy Committee shall be responsible for developing criteria by which OCWLA will evaluate requests for charitable involvement and partnerships and create a structure for how our membership can get involved and engaged in OCWLA’s philanthropic activities. It would also be responsible for recommending to the Board opportunities for OCWLA charitable involvement.
- Make recommendations to the board regarding philanthropic giving. OCWLA aims to keep at least 50% of its annual operating budget in the bank account at fiscal year end. The remainder may be, but is not required to be, used for philanthropic giving.
- Partner with worthy philanthropic organizations or non-profits in effort to build consistency over the years, and possibly even a sponsorship over time, to give back, but also to get our name out.
- Seek out worthy philanthropic activities for our members to participate in, which gives back and/or serves our community.
- Facilitate the collection and disbursement of any donations of money and other items.
- Grant Subcommittee
Chairs: Dana Heyde and Sarah Nowels
Responsible for soliciting and evaluating applications for grants related to charitable giving.
Chairs: Betty Fracisco and Shelly Aronson
Represent OCWLA at CWL events and perform duties as liaison to the organization.
Chairs: Heather Stangle-Smith, Lucia Valenzuela
*These committees only consist of OCWLA Board Members due to the confidentiality of applications, nominations, or other materials received by the OCWLA Board of Directors.