Washtenaw Region Leadership

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Past Presidents

Patricia Reiser (2017-18)
Kym London (2016-17)
Anna Frushour (2015-16)
Jennifer Lawrence (2014-15) View Bio
Jennifer currently works as a family law attorney and litigator at Kline Legal Group PLC in Ann Arbor. Prior to joining Kline in 2016, Jennifer worked as a general practitioner at a firm that specialized in Bankruptcy. Jennifer is past president of the Washtenaw County Region (2014-2015) and has been heavily involved in Women Lawyers and has served as a board member for the Washtenaw County Bar Association for many years. Jennifer lives in Ann Arbor with her husband and two children Karis (age 4) and Jonas (age 1). In addition to handling a busy law practice Jennifer enjoys networking with her colleagues and spending time with her family. Jennifer also handles general civil litigation, estate planning and some criminal defense.
Katherine Sharkey (2013-14)
Elizabeth Kitchen-Troop (2012-13) View Bio
Elizabeth Kitchen-Troop graduated law school from the University of Toledo, College of Law in 2004. For undergrad, she attended the University of Michigan, and graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology. She currently practices in Ann Arbor, Michigan with Kline Legal Group, PLC, where she handles family law litigation, mediation, arbitration and parenting coordination. Elizabeth is a past member of the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Council and is currently serving as an elected member of the State Bar of Michigan, Representative Assembly (2015-2017). She is very actively involved in her local bar association as well, currently serving as Past President for the Washtenaw County Bar Association (2016-2017) and Past President of Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, Washtenaw Region (2012-2013). In 2013, Elizabeth received the SBM Kimberly M. Cahill Bar Leadership Award in recognition of her role in developing the WCBA Modest Means Program. Elizabeth is an ICLE speaker in the area of family law and has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as a Rising Star in Family Law each year for the years 2011-2017. She currently resides in Howell, Michigan with her husband Doug and two sons, Alex (7) and Jackson (3).
Rosemary Frenza Chudnof (2011-12)
Angela Walker (2010-11) View Bio
Angela Walker is a founding partner of the employment litigation firm, Blanchard & Walker, PLLC. Ms. Walker provides advice to executives making job transitions, and handles complex severance negotiations for highly compensated employees. She also focuses on helping employees with disabilities enforce their rights with regard to ADA accommodations, FMLA leave, and employee benefits matters. She has litigated gender discrimination, Equal Pay Act, and lactation rights cases, and frequently represents women with cancer facing discriminatory conduct at work.

Ms. Walker received her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 2004. Throughout her career, she has been active in the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, including serving on the board of Washtenaw Region from 2006-2011. She returned in 2016 to serve as Washtenaw’s regional representative to the WLAM state board. Ms. Walker also currently sits on the board of the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor. She frequently presents on ADA and FMLA issues, and is a co-author of the FMLA chapter of ICLE’s Employment Litigation in Michigan book.
Suzanne Sukkar (2009-10)
Laura Sagolla (2008-09)
Jen Salvatore (2007-08) View Bio
With exceptional judgment and compassionate, client-centered advocacy, Jennifer Salvatore is respected as both a formidable adversary and a skilled negotiator able to steer difficult matters towards successful resolution. An AV-rated lawyer (the highest Martindale Hubble peer review ranking for ethics and legal ability), Jennifer practices in the areas of employment, civil rights, and business litigation and represents a wide range of individuals in difficult employment transitions, including executives and other professionals in employment and contract disputes. Jennifer has a particular interest in sex discrimination cases, and has handled many high profile matters involving sex harassment and other gender issues. She also has a busy practice representing students, including in Title IX litigation and internal processes related to college sexual misconduct investigations.

Jennifer has a successful track record as a trial attorney, including achieving a $1.1 million verdict in the Western District of Michigan in a First Amendment retaliation case.

Prior to Salvatore Prescott & Porter, Jennifer was a Principal at Nacht, Roumel & Salvatore in Ann Arbor, where she handled employment and civil rights matters. She practiced for a number of years in the litigation department at Jenner & Block, LLP in Chicago, where her practice focused on complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts for Fortune 500 companies. And she was the first recipient of the Polikoff-Gautreaux fellowship at Business and Professional People for the Public Interest in Chicago, where she worked on public policy issues and impact litigation from 1999-2001.

Jennifer graduated with honors from Miami University (Ohio) with a B.A. in Political Science and Journalism. She received her J.D., cum laude, from The University of Michigan Law School.
Amy Reiser (2006-07)
Teresa Killeen (2005-06)
Marla Linderman (2004-05)
Elizabeth Donovan (2003-04)
Naomi Woloshin (2002-03)
Amy Iannone (2001-02) View Bio
Amy Iannone has practiced law for 24 years, and more than 19 of those years have been in the construction/design industry. Amy received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University - Bloomington, her law (JD) degree from Santa Clara University School of Law, and her Masters of Corporate and Finance Law (L.L.M.) from Wayne State University Law School. Upon graduation, she served as a law clerk in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, and subsequently went into private practice. Amy’s design/construction experience includes Hobbs + Black Associates, Inc. and Barton Malow Company.

In 2013, Amy joined DPR Construction where she leads the company’s insurance risk management. Amy handles contract review and negotiation, claims management and client counseling. She also participates in the review and procurement of numerous corporate and project-specific/controlled insurance programs, both owner-sponsored and contractor-sponsored.

Amy serves as Chair of Division 5, General Contractors, for the American Bar Association (ABA) Construction Law Forum. Amy is an active member and published author in the organization. She co-wrote the following: “Construction Checklists: A Guide to Frequently Encountered Construction Issues” for the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry in August 2008, “OCIPS, CCIPS, and Project Policies” for The Construction Lawyer in the Summer of 2009, and “Chapter 10: Controlled Insurance Programs for Construction Insurance,” A Guide for Attorneys and Other Professionals for the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry in 2011. Amy also participates in the Construction Risk Management Committee for the Associated General Contractors of America. Outside of work, Amy’s interests include rowing, cooking and theater.
Connie Jones (2000-01)
Nora Wright (1999-00)
Kathy Babcock (1998-99)
Karen Sidney (1997-98)
Sharon Kelly (1996-97)
Katharine Soper (1995-96)
Ann Routt (1994-95)
Rebecca Sweet (1993-94)
Val Twanmoh (1992-93)
Nancy Keppelman (1991-92)
Molly Reno (1990-91)
Sandy Sorini (1989-90)
Rita Thomas (1988-89)
Kay Dawson (1987-88)
Pat Steele (1985-87)
Alisande Cutler (1984-85)
Zena Zumeta (1983-84) View Bio
Internationally known as both a mediator and trainer of mediators, Zena D. Zumeta is president of the Mediation Training & Consultation Institute, Zena Zumeta Mediation Services, and The Collaborative Workplace in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. Ms. Zumeta is a former board member and president of the Academy of Family Mediators (now merged into the Association for Conflict Resolution), past president of the Michigan Council for Family and Divorce Mediation, and past Regional Vice President of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution. She is a past member of the Editorial Board of the American Bar Association's Dispute Resolution Magazine. She is a past president of the WLAM-Washtenaw Region.
Ms. Zumeta has extensive experience as a trainer, mediator, facilitator and consultant. She has been providing mediation services since 1981.
She is an approved civil and family mediator in Michigan, and an approved mediation trainer for Michigan and many other states. She has taught at Hamline University School of Law, and is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University School of Law's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, and Cooley Law School.
Ms. Zumeta is the recipient of the Family Mediation Council-Michigan Lifetime Achievement in Mediation Award; the National Education Association/Saturn Corporation Award for Union-Management Collaboration; the John Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award from the Association for Conflict Resolution; and the Kumba Award from the National Conference on Minorities in ADR.
Sally Rutzky (1982-83)
Sally Fink (1979-80, 1981-82) View Bio
Sally C. Fink has been a member of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM) since she began Law School in 1971 at Wayne State University. While a student member, she established the divorce referral service. Previously she attended the University of Michigan, graduating with Honors in Philosophy, LSA.
Sally is a founding member of WLAM-Washtenaw Region. Its first meeting took place on September 24, 1979. Its primary focus was to support the Domestic Violence Project/SAFE House and to implement injunctive relief for survivors of domestic violence, as well as to provide networking opportunities. Sally served as President of the Region in 1981-1982. She was a Director-at-Large following her term. She received the Mary E. Foster award from WLAM-Washtenaw Region in 1996.

Sally was a member of the Board of Directors of the Domestic Violence Project/ SAFE House following its inception, from 1979 to 1986. She served as its President in 1981.

Sally drafted the Washtenaw County Administrative Order on the issuance of domestic violence restraining orders in 1979, following the enactment of the Michigan statute. She also helped draft the domestic violence ordinance for the City of Ann Arbor. She received the Susan B. Anthony Award from N.O.W. in 1979.

When Sally began practicing law in 1974, at the Washtenaw County Public Defender’s Office, one could count the number of women attorneys on one hand. She practiced primarily family law and mediation at Josephson and Fink, LLP, and Fink Family Law, PLC, for 37 years until her retirement in 2014. She is grateful to her many colleagues and those who followed in her path.

She is happily retired and currently teaches English as a Second Language to refugees and immigrants at Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County.
Barbara Kessler (1978-79, 1980-81)