Where available, individual profiles for the current and past officers are shown below.
Life Membership is an honor conferred on a limited number of individuals who have rendered extraordinary service to the chapter; no more than one individual may be so recognized by the chapter’s Board of Directors in any given year. Life members have all the rights and privileges of regular membership, but they are not required to pay dues. Those life members who are no longer employed as legal administrators and do not meet the criteria for regular membership may not hold elective or appointive office but may serve as members of committees.
Carl J. Barba, Jr. (deceased)
- Secretary (1998-1999)
- Vice-President (1999-2001)
- President (2001-2003)
- Immediate Past President (2003-2005)
- Life Member
Carl J. Barba was a Certified Business Coach with ActionCOACH Business Coaching and he was the Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP, a Boston-based law firm. Like his hero Lew Gray, Carl came to the legal administration profession relatively late.
A 1968 graduate of tiny Hobart College in upstate New York, Carl accepted the invitation of his Uncle Sam to travel abroad. Drafted into the United States Army, he served for a year in the Republic of South Korea.
Following military service, Carl earned his Masters in Accounting from the State University of New York at Binghamton, unaware at the time that this same institution would produce another luminary of the Cyber Chapter—Morry Schorr.
Carl began his career as a "staff accounting puke" at Arthur Andersen & Company in Rochester, New York, where he earned his CPA certificate. Armed with that certificate, he rose steadily through a variety of financial management positions with increasing responsibility in several major corporations in different industries. His experiences included stints at Bausch & Lomb, as a Vice President of Finance at Welch Foods (maker of Welch’s Grape Juice), and as Vice President of Finance & Administration for Scandia Trading Company (apparel).
Carl became an ALA Member and Legal Administrator in 1992, when he joined Nutter, McClennen & Fish. He was active in ALA’s Boston Chapter (where he is a life member) and served as that chapter’s elected President (1998-99).
Carl followed Bernadette and served two terms as chapter president (2001-2003). In December of 2004, the board of directors recognized Carl Barba as a Life Member. Known as the “Unabarba” because of his no-nonsense, often explosive and never-repressed opinions, Carl provided leadership and valued advice. Unwilling to lose his unique contribution when he left the profession, the Chapter’s board voted him life membership. When not on the golf course, Carl enjoyed his second career as a business coach for Action Coaches.
Carl liked to read in his spare time, especially Civil War history. He was a fanatic golfer currently laboring with a 10 handicap. He wanted to be just like the legendary Lew Gray but better looking (alas, a very tall order).
We were saddened when Carl passed away very suddenly on November 17, 2010, of leukemia.
Diana B. (“Di”) Clark
- Human Resources Section Chair (1994-1995)
- Secretary (1995-1996)
- President (1996-1998)
- Immediate Past President (1998-1999)
- Special Advisor (1999-2001)
- Life Member
Diana B. (“Di”) Clark followed Morry as chapter president and also served two terms of office (1996-1998). During her first term, the chapter developed its own Internet site and established an independent web presence. In her second term, the chapter launched its own discussion forum. “Lady Di,” as she is known to the Chapter’s membership, helped guide the Chapter during its transition from CompuServe to this web site. Although she left the profession to manage an accounting firm and subsequently started a third career as a translator and interpreter, she returns to the fold at annual conferences whenever time and geography permit. She was the second member to be honored with life membership.
- Treasurer (2003-2005)
- Membership (2005-2007)
- Webmaster (2005-2009)
- Life Member
Frank Gould began his career in law firm administration in 1981 as Manager of Accounting and Computer Operations for one of the oldest firms in Los Angeles: Meserve, Mumper & Hughes, which was founded in 1889. Most recently, he was Executive Director (2001-2009) for Brown Winfield Canzoneri Abram Inc., a Los Angeles firm which was founded in 1974 and ceased operations after 35 years in business. Previously, he served as Chief Operating Officer (1998-2000) for Hale Lane, a Nevada law firm with offices in Reno, Las Vegas, and Carson City; as Chief Administrative Officer (1990-97) for Weissburg and Aronson, Inc., a 75-attorney multi-office California firm which merged with Foley & Lardner in 1996; and as Director of Administration for two other California firms, Ross Ivanjack and Nilsson Robbins, from 1984 to 1990.
Frank joined ALA and the Beverly Hills Chapter (now merged with the Greater Los Angeles chapter) in 1984 and served as editor of Interchange, the newsletter of the Beverly Hills Chapter from 1987 to 1993. He was President of the Beverly Hills Chapter in 1991-92 and also served on a Regional Conference Committee in the 1990s, was Chair of the Region 6 Nominating Committee in 2002, and was a member of the Association Nominating Committee in 2006.
Since 2004, he has served as moderator of ALA’s Open Forum. At the 2011 ALA Conference in Orlando, Frank was also honored with ALA’s Outstanding Association Volunteer Award.
In December 2011 President Kim Newberry announced that the Board had awarded life membership to Frank. A member of the Cyber Chapter since 1998 and a regular contributor to threads in the Discussion Forums, Frank has served on the Board as Treasurer, Membership Chair, Webmaster, and Forum Moderator, the latter a position he currently holds.
Law firm management is Frank’s third career, having previously worked in the broadcasting and recording industries. From 1965 to 1969, Frank was Music & Production Director for Radio Station CFOX in his hometown of Montreal, Canada. In 1970, Frank "flipped" to the other side—the recording industry—working for the Canadian division of the company then known as Polydor Records, a member of the PolyGram Group. As Director of Artists & Repertoire, Frank was involved in the Canadian marketing/distribution of such artists as Cream, Eric Clapton, Derek & The Dominos, Olivia Newton-John, BB King, The Bee Gees, Neil Sedaka, and The Osmonds. In 1976, Frank relocated to New York and served as General Manager of International Music Consultants, the PolyGram office responsible for the licensing of American-based artists/recordings to all of the PolyGram affiliates worldwide.
Although he has worked in Los Angeles most of his law firm career, he has commuted to work in Southern California (or Reno) on a weekly basis from Las Vegas, where Frank and his wife, Claire —and their cats (Bugsy, Lila, Charlie, Ditto, and Muppette)—live in Henderson, Nevada (adjacent to "sin city"). How they came to welcome Lila into their home is a sweet story. Frank is the original owner of a classic 1975 Buick LeSabre convertible, the last year of the "full size" V8 convertibles under the Buick brand and Claire is the original owner of a 3-door 1979 Pinto Runabout.
Lewis A. Gray (deceased)
- Treasurer (1997-2001)
- Special Advisor (2001-2003)
- Life Member
The fourth member to be awarded life membership was Lewis A. Gray, recognized by the board of directors in December of 2003 for his many years of service and valued presence in the discussion forum. Lew Gray brought substantial dignity and good humor to the Chapter until his retirement from legal administration. He, like Lady Di, rejoined our crew at annual conferences whenever possible. A connoisseur of wine, he could usually be found regaling his friends at the “official” Cyber Chapter bar at these events.
Tragically, Lew was killed by a hit-and-run driver in March, 2009. See news story and touching news video with quotes from friends. Chapter members Phil Hamilton and Don Osborne attended his funeral in Raleigh, North Carolina. The funeral home provided an online memorial.
Philip T. Hamilton
- Sergeant-at-Arms (1994-1996)
- Treasurer (1996-1997)
- Special Advisor (2001-2002)
- Life Member
The first member awarded life membership was Philip T. Hamilton, a co-founder of Cyber Chapter. Phil has been an active member of ALA since 1989 and a hard-working volunteer at all levels of the association. He has served Cyber Chapter in a variety of roles since 1994 and contributes his time and talents to this day. Phil almost single-handedly helped many ALA chapters design, launch and maintain their websites. For this work as well as his role in founding the Cyber Chapter and his leadership in the Central Florida Chapter and Region 2, Phil was honored with ALA’s Outstanding Association Volunteer Award.
Ronald ("Ron") M. Henry
- Secretary (1994-1995)
- Membership Chair (1995-1996)
- Vice President (1996-1998)
- President (1998-1999)
- Immediate Past President (1999-2001)
- ALA Region 1 Director (1999-2001)
- ALA President-Elect (2001-2002)
- ALA President (2002-2003)
- ALA Immediate Past President (2003-2004)
- Life Member
From 2003 until 2015 Ron Henry was the Executive Director at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, headquartered in Woodbridge, New Jersey. A member of ALA since 1989, Ron has been extremely active at all levels of the organization.
Retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel, Ron gained many years’ valuable experience in personnel and administration which he has used to his—and ALA’ s—advantage. With a baccalaureate degree from Muhlenberg College and a master’s degree in Management & Supervision from Central Michigan University, Ron is well equipped for his present duties.
A former secretary (1993-94), second vice-president (Membership 1994-95), and president (1996-97) of the New Jersey Chapter, Ron is a founding member of the Cyber Chapter, having been instrumental in the birth of ALA’ s electronic forum. He was Leadership & Management Education Development Team (L&M Ed Team) Chair (1993-94) when the proposal was first made and lent his considerable support to the project.
Ron has served the national organization in a variety of roles. Prior to chairing the L&M Ed Team, he served as a member of the committee (1992-93). He has also served on the 1995 and 1996 ALA Annual Education Conference Committees and was chair of the 1998 ALA Annual Educational Conference Committee. At the Regional level, Ron served as the Region 1 Education Officer (1998-99). He also served on ALA’s Board of Directors as Region 1 Director (1999-2001); ALA’s President-Elect (2001-02); and as President of ALA (2002-03). He continued to serve as Past President through the Philadelphia Annual Conference in May 2004.
Ron is looking forward to the next phase of his professional life, but most days, after his morning swim, he can be seen riding his Cannondale BabBoy bicycle or his Harley 1998 Softail Custom around Princeton, New Jersey.
Linda R. Lehmann
- Membership (2001-2003)
- Webmaster (2001-2003)
- Vice-President (2002-2003)
- President (2003-2005)
- Immediate Past President (2005-2006)
- Webmaster (2009-2011)
- Membership (2011-2013)
- Life Member
In May 2003, Linda R. Lehmann (lee’ mun) became Business Manager for Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP a 28-attorney firm with offices in Anchorage, Alaska and Portland, Oregon, after serving for three years as Legal Administrator for Duden Neiman LLP, an 11-lawyer boutique civil litigation firm. She was also Administrator for Duden Neiman’s predecessor firm, Tooze Duden Creamer Frank & Hutchison. Prior to joining Tooze Duden et al, Linda was Accounting Manager with Sussman Shank LLP for over 15 years. After leaving Sussman Shank in early 1998 and thinking that there might be life outside a law firm, Linda was Controller for an engineering firm for 1½ years. The allure of the known (or was it masochism?) returned her to the fold. Prior to 1977 when she joined Sussman Shank, Linda’s management experience was still with professional services firms, albeit CPAs, not lawyers, and she suspects Di Clark was content with her third career.
Linda joined ALA in 1985 and served her local chapter in several capacities, including President. She then went on to become a regional officer in 1995-97 and was honored to serve as a "scribe" for ALA Vice-President David Brezina at the first-ever ALA Summer Summit (now known as CLI/Chapter Leadership Institute). Linda also was editor of her chapter’s newsletter for several years, which won many coveted chapter awards while under her leadership. Linda coordinated the 1997 chapter dinner in Seattle, where members enjoyed each other’s company, food, and a jazz concert. Linda served on the Association Nominating Committee in 1997 and wrote a white paper for the Cyber Chapter about that experience; ALA has since republished her paper.
Linda R. Lehmann was Carl Barba’s successor as chapter president; Linda served two terms in office (2003-2005). Linda was responsible for ordering Lands’ End “Cyber apparel”: polo and denim shirts that members enjoy wearing at ALA’s annual conferences.
Both inside and outside the office, Linda is known for her passion for mainstream jazz. For ten years, she served on the Board of Directors of the Mt. Hood Festival of Jazz, chaired its Talent Committee and, in 1994, hired the talent for the three-day festival. She also enjoys taking jazz cruises to the Caribbean and traveling to jazz parties. During her hiatus from the legal world, she encouraged Morry Schorr to join her at a jazz party being held in Irvine, CA. This was Morry’s first jazz party but not his last as Morry and Linda have sat together at subsequent jazz events in both Irvine and Newport Beach, CA. The ever-understanding Mrs. Schorr, who is not a jazz fan, scouts out local eateries during the music and Morry and Linda join her at the selection du jour during dinner breaks.
Every June Linda enjoys her timeshare in St. Maarten.
Willard E. Lee
- Treasurer (2007-2008)
- Vice President (2008-2009)
- President (2009-2011)
- Immediate Past President (2011-2012)
Will is the Executive Director of Goodman McGuffey Lindsey & Johnson, LLP based in Atlanta, GA with offices in Savannah, GA; Orlando, FL; Sarasota, FL; and Charlotte, NC. Will began his law firm career in New Orleans, LA in 1985 when he accepted the position of Firm Administrator with a local New Orleans firm. Will also managed law firms in Memphis, TN; and Corpus Christi, TX before moving to Atlanta in 1997. Prior to entering the legal profession, Will held several different financial management positions with ITT Continental Baking Company, bakers of Wonder Bread and Hostess Cake.
Will has been very active in ALA and has had the honor and pleasure to serve as President of three different ALA chapters; South Texas chapter, Cyber Chapter and Atlanta chapter. In addition Will has served ALA in the following capacities; Regional Officer for Region IV, Region II and IV Nominating Committees, Association Nominating Committee, National Conference Committee and various positions on both the Cyber Chapter and the Atlanta Chapter Board of Directors. While in Texas, Will was a member of the Legal Administrator’s Division of the State Bar of Texas and served as Chair of the Division and as a member of its Board of Directors.
Will is a native of Kosciusko, Mississippi and is a graduate of Mississippi State University. In his spare time Will can usually be found racing Sailboats or spending time with his wife, Pamela. Will is also a veteran having served in the Army Reserve where he was trained as an Intelligence Analyst, Prisoner of War Interrogator, and Imagery Interpreter.
Donald (“Don”) J. W. Osborne
- Treasurer (2005-2007)
- Membership (2013-2014)
Donald (“Don”) J. W. Osborne is the Executive Director for Sands Anderson Marks & Miller, a 75-lawyer business and litigation firm in Richmond, Virginia. He has been with the firm since 2001. Prior to that he worked as the Executive Director for LeClair Ryan, a 110-lawyer firm. He has worked in legal management for more than 20 years, including eleven years in various management positions at McGuire Woods, an AmLaw 100 firm. Don has been a member of ALA since 1997. He has served as both Vice President and President of the Richmond Chapter of ALA.
Prior to working in law firm management, Don served as a Machinist Mate in the US Navy and as a Police Officer in Georgia. He has also worked as an accountant, tax preparer, bus boy, life guard, swimming instructor, and gas station attendant. In between law firms, he worked as a Human Resources professional for a statewide insurance company located in Virginia while completing his bachelor’s degree and obtaining professional certifications.
Don has an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources from the University of Richmond. He is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Society for Human Resources Management Certification Institute and a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Don is also a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. In his spare time, he enjoys being with his family, riding his Harley and BMW motorcycles, or scuba diving. He has been practicing martial arts since 2002.
Bernadette E. Peters, CLM
- Secretary (1997-1998)
- Vice President (1998-1999)
- President (1999-2001)
- Immediate Past President (2001-2003)
- Life Member
Bernadette E. Peters, CLM, was born and raised in New York and attended the University of Scranton (PA), where she was the first female to be awarded an ROTC scholarship. She earned her BA in History and was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas, as a Second Lieutenant. The Army balanced this assignment to the arid Southwest with a transfer to Honolulu, where she completed her active duty. Bernadette joined the Reserves upon release from active duty and decided to make Honolulu her home.
She is a graduate of various Army schools, culminating with her graduation from the Army’s Command and General Staff College in 1995. In 1997, Bernadette graduated from the University of Phoenix, Hawaii campus with her MBA.
In August, 1998, Bernadette relocated from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Miami, Florida. In 2002-2003, Bernadette was recalled to active duty with the Third Infantry Division and promoted to the rank of Colonel.
Bernadette E. Peters, CLM, has been an ALA Member and Legal Administrator since 1990. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Horr, Novak & Skipp, P.A. an AV rated maritime firm in Miami. Prior, she was Executive Director for Sachs Sax Caplan in West Palm Beach, Florida, Administrator for Shutts & Bowen, LLP, in Miami, Florida, and Administrator for Richman Greer prior to that. She was an active member in the Hawaii Chapter and headed that chapter’s Newsletter Committee before relocating to the Mainland.
Bernadette succeeded Ron Henry as president and served two terms in office (1999-2001). Bernadette assisted in developing the President’s Scepter, which has been passed from president to president ever since.
In July 2009 President Will Lee announced that our newest life member is Past President Bernadette Peters, CLM. Bernadette’s contributions to the chapter have been many, including serving on the chapter’s nominating committee and as president. She, along with Paul Sullivan, conceived and spearheaded our vendor sponsorship program, and the CLM online program. She worked on the CLM study group program once it was approved. She has mentored other chapter members and has recruited members to Cyber Chapter. Bernadette served our country (she is a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves) while continuing to serve the chapter and retired from the Reserves with 26 years of service in 2006.
Morris (“Morry”) E. Schorr
- President (1994-1996)
- Immediate Past President (1996-1998)
- Membership Chair (1997-2001, 2003-2005)
- Webmaster (1996-2001, 2003-2005)
- Life Member
The first or charter president of our chapter was Morris (“Morry”) E. Schorr, a cofounder of Cyber Chapter. Morry served two terms as president (1994-1996). During his tenure, the chapter met online using the ALA Forum on CompuServe and served as the nucleus of the ALA discussions taking place in that venue. He was the third member to be awarded life membership.
Morry was also the founder and charter president of the San Fernando Valley Chapter and has held several board positions in the Beverly Hills Chapter. Both those chapters are now defunct, but Morry refuses to accept the blame for that. He has served as a Region 6 Officer and was the leader of the Technology PDN at the ALA web site from its inception to May 2005. For these and other services, ALA honored Morry with its Outstanding Association Volunteer Award. Morry now functions as CFO for Roland Schorr, for which his son, Ben, is the CEO.
Paul J. Sullivan
- Vice President (2003-2005)
- President (2005-2007)
- Immediate Past President (2007-2008)
- Life Member
Prior to joining the legal profession, Paul J. Sullivan owned a distribution business for ten years, was General manager for an electronics manufacturer, and held various sales and management positions with a major computer manufacturer.
Paul joined ALA in 1987 and was a charter member and twice past president of the now "deceased" Central Illinois Chapter and is one of the original members of the Cyber Chapter. Paul served two terms as Cyber chapter president (2005-2007). He was involved with ALA’s first experiments with the Internet. During Paul’s term as President, the chapter initiated an online study forum for the CLM exam. He served on the ALA Newsletter advisory council and has had articles published in ALA News and Legal Management.
Paul is also quite active in the Illinois State Bar Association as a nonlawyer member. He has served on their Law Office Economics Section Committee since 1998 and has presented at several ISBA-sponsored Law Ed programs and meetings. He also has a bimonthly column on Law Office Management which runs in the Illinois Bar Journal.
Paul Sullivan retired in early 2009, having been the Administrator with Quinn Johnston Henderson & Pretorius in Peoria, Illinois, since 1987. QJHP is a 26-attorney insurance defense firm with offices in Peoria and Springfield.
A frequent composer of limericks, speaker on management topics, regular poster in the forum, and staunch supporter of the chapter, his retirement would have left a void in the chapter. Consequently, then Cyber Chapter President Sue Lamb presented Paul with a lifetime membership at the chapter’s annual dinner in Seattle. Paul and his wife DD, who accompanies him to many of the conferences and is as beloved as he is.
Paul’s passion for running has diminished greatly as age is taking its toll; however 9 marathons including Boston during the 1998 conference are among his feats. He now says he can write 26 stanzas of a limerick quicker than he can run a marathon.
For something to do in retirement, Paul and his wife DD formed On Call Management, Inc., which provides management services to businesses too small to have full-time management internally. A cancer survivor, DD enthusiastically supports Breast Cancer Research through the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Peoria Race for the Cure.
Susan M. Tyree (fka Lamb)
- Secretary (2005-2006)
- Vice President (2006-2008)
- President (2008-2009)
- Immediate Past President (2009-2011)
- Life Member
Susan M. Tyree (fka Lamb) is the Firm Administrator at Turner & Mede, P.C. in Anchorage, Alaska, a four-attorney firm focusing on commercial, corporate, labor and employment law. She joined the firm in 1979, serving as a legal secretary and paralegal before becoming the firm’s first administrator more than 25 years ago. Prior to joining the firm, Sue worked in a variety of law-related positions in Anchorage.
An active member of ALA since 1987, Sue joined the Cyber Chapter in 1996. She is also active in her land-based chapter, serving on the Alaska ALA Board as President-Elect/President/Past President (1993-96 and 2005-09) and Treasurer (1988-90). Sue is also active in ALA internationally, including service as: moderator of the Human Resources Discussion Forum on www.alanet.org; member and chair of the Region 5 Nominating Committee (2006-07); Projects Officer for Region 5’s Regional Management Team (2009-10); and member of the Association Nominating Committee (2010-11). She was a recipient of the ALA Outstanding Association Volunteer Award in 2007.
Sue is an Air Force brat, born in Florida and raised in Vermont, New Jersey, Germany and Virginia before moving to Anchorage in 1966. Husband Mike was raised in Fairbanks and dreams of retiring to a remote rustic cabin on the Chena River – over Sue’s dead, frozen body. Sue’s son, daughter and son-in-law, step-daughter and her spouse, parents, siblings, and nieces and nephews all still live in the Anchorage area. Sue enjoys camping, hiking, fishing, traveling, photography, reading, handicrafts, and microbrews.
Elizabeth ("Betsy") S. Widdop
- Secretary (2006-2007)
- President (2007-2008)
- Immediate Past President (2008-2009)
- Secretary (2012-2014)
Since 1989, Elizabeth S. (“Betsy”) Widdop has held the position of Office Manager at the 30-attorney firm of Apperson Crump PLC, the oldest continuously operating law firm in Memphis, Tennessee, having been founded in 1865 by now deceased member Charles Metcalf Crump’s grandfather. Betsy had worked for the firm as a legal secretary for 12 years up until a friend in the software applications business lured her away in 1986. She used those three years away from Apperson Crump wisely, expanding her management and computer knowledge to the extent that when approached about returning to the law firm (which had no legal administrator at that time), she was able to bring her new skills to the task.
Betsy attended the University of Tennessee at Nashville and the University of Memphis during the 1970s, focusing her studies in Business Administration. She has been a member of the Memphis Chapter of the ALA since 1990; and over the years, she has served four terms as President of the chapter. She chaired or cochaired the chapter’s Vendor Relations Committee for seven years, coordinating their Legal Products and Services Expo. She also served on the Board of Directors of Memphis Legal Placement, Inc., the now defunct placement subsidiary of the Memphis Bar Association from 1990 until its dissolution in 2012, including three terms as Chairman.
Betsy’s hobbies include cooking, music, eBaying, bridge, and family fun!