Meet the CLA Team

Baath, Tej
Tej Baath
Director of Marketing and Membership

Tej’s experience working with a large not-for-profit member-based organization as well as several e-commerce retailers brings a fresh new perspective to the California Lawyers Association. He has a strong background in marketing, particularly digital marketing, and a passion for brand building and online sales. Tej is excited to transform the CLA member experience as he spearheads major strategic shifts in CLA’s marketing approach. In his free time, you will likely find him spending time with his family and friends.

Bercovitch, Saul
Saul Bercovitch
Director of Governmental Affairs

Saul oversees the advocacy efforts and governmental relations. Before joining CLA in February 2018, shortly after CLA was established, Saul worked for the State Bar of California for 16 years as Legislative Counsel and as an attorney in the Office of General Counsel. Prior to the State Bar, he worked for three years as a Principal Legislative Analyst with the University of California, Office of the President. He started his legal career practicing civil litigation for 13 years at two large law firms in San Francisco. Saul’s pastimes include traveling, growing tomatoes, and perfecting his barbecuing skills.

Buelter, John
John Buelter
Senior Section Manager for Business Law

John has been a Section Coordinator staffing the Business Law, Intellectual Property Law, Solo and Small Firm, and Trusts and Estates Sections with both the CLA and The State Bar of California since 2012. He finds advocating for his Sections’ hardworking volunteers highly rewarding. Prior to becoming a Coordinator, John was a Senior Analyst in The State Bar Finance Department, where he performed accounting functions, analyzed budget data, and helped create budgetary policies, procedures and guidelines. Before moving to California in 2006, John honed his project management and financial experience in several positions at Dell in Austin, Texas. Outside of work, John enjoys working in his garden, traveling, and enjoying all the amazing food and wine the great state of California has to offer.

Butler, Camren
Camren Butler
Section Manager for Trusts and Estates, Privacy Law, and Workers’ Compensation

Prior to CLA, Camren began his career working in customer service and hospitality. He eventually became a Specialist at A.I.M. & Associates in Auburn, CA, where he helped developmentally disabled adults learn life skills and achieve time sensitive goals. Camren brings strong communication and organizational skills, dependability, reliability and excellent client service orientation to CLA. Outside of work, you can find Camren trying to squeeze the most out of life with endless new adventures, trying to escape the most difficult of escape rooms, binge-watching any binge-worthy show on Netflix or bonding with his friends and family over the great variety of food and drink Sacramento has to offer.

Creswell, Tiffany
Tiffany Creswell
Section Manager for Labor and Employment Law and Taxation

With 20 years experience working for litigation support services, Tiffany made the move to CLA during their debut year and has enjoyed all the challenges that have come with it. Prior to CLA, Tiffany was the office manager at Professional Legal Services where she guided employees to reach their full working potential. Tiffany is enjoying an empty nest and can be found reading on her kindle, diving into worlds of fantasy and dark tales of otherworldly creatures.

Venus De Coy
Section Administrative Specialist

Venus De Coy is an Administrative Specialist at the California Lawyers Association supporting our sections with her many years of expertise in non-profit administration and customer service. With an extensive non-profit volunteer background, Venus is bringing a ground-level approach to CLA through the avenues of unique services provided and developing new solutions for CLA and our volunteers. Venus believes that there is nothing that coffee and an open mind can’t fix and takes that with her both in and out of her work. When not working at CLA, Venus is an advocate for neurodivergent accessibility, food insecurity and fair housing rights in the greater Yolo and Sacramento areas. On a Saturday night, you can find Venus either having dinner with friends or at home enjoying video games with wine.

Angela Fleming
Angela Fleming
Member Services Specialist

Angela is a Member Services Specialist at the California Lawyers Association with a detail-oriented approach to data entry and office administration. Persistent and thoughtful in her actions, she believes that hard work combined with the law of attraction is the type of mindset it takes to achieve her professional and personal goals. When she isn’t working, you can find her studying or enjoying free time at Midtown eateries and spin class.

Foley, Brian
Brian Foley
Web Administrator

Prior to CLA, Brian was a Web Content Producer for the Sierra Club and an Interactive Media Specialist for Saint Mary’s College. These prior positions have given him valuable insights to blog writing, copy editing, and creating effective marketing campaigns. Brian is a firm believer in educating yourself and that is why you can find him taking refresher courses about PHP, programming languages, and back-end web development to keep up-to-date with current trends. Outside of work, Brian enjoys playing the ukulele, stargazing, watching soccer, and spending time with his family.

Linda Geery
Linda Geery

As a shareholder at Gilbert CPAs, Linda is the shareholder-in-charge of the firms accounting services and tax departments. She brings with her 20 years experience working in public accounting, with a strong background in NPO matters. She enjoys the challenges and opportunities that come with working with a variety of clients and enthusiastically brings those experiences to her daily work. On a sunny day, you will typically find her working in her yard or on the American River bike trail.

Hetzler, Mycah
Mycah Hetzler
Section Manager for Intellectual Property Law, International Law and Immigration, and Public Law

Mycah is the Administrative Assistant for the Real Property, Public Law, and International Law Sections for the CLA. Prior to CLA, Mycah worked as a Project Manager at a written translation company located in Davis, California. She has a BA in Russian Studies and continues to utilize her language skills in her work with the International Law Section. Outside of work, Mycah enjoys reading, writing, and spending time out on the Sacramento River.

Jennifer Ho
Jennifer Ho
Senior Marketing Coordinator

A linguist-turned-marketer, Jennifer enjoys building marketing initiatives from the ground up. Merging data-driven strategy and creative design to develop impactful & targeted campaigns, she is focused on sharing the stories of CLA, the sections, and the foundation. In her free time, she travels every chance she gets. Whether it’s a quick weekend trip or an extended getaway abroad, it’s probably on her calendar.

Hollingsworth, Brianna
Brianna Hollingsworth
Administrative and Committees Manager

Prior to CLA, Brianna worked as an Events Coordinator with the California Head Start Association, where she assisted with multiple annual meetings, supported board members and built a complete marketing and communications plan for the association. She brings to CLA over 5 years of experience in events, marketing, and upper level administrative support, as well as degrees in both business marketing and psychology. Her background includes working with C-Level executives and high-level management in both corporate and not-for-profit environments. Having visited 10 countries in the last two years, Brianna enjoys traveling internationally and hopes to expand her travels as often as possible.

Horan, Tricia
Tricia Horan
Associate Executive Director

Tricia is charged with leadership management of the overall work of the Association and with oversight of all operations, including daily financial and operational activities of the Association staff. Prior to CLA, Tricia worked at the State Bar of California for 28 years, serving in her most recent role as the Director of Operations in the Office of Education. Tricia has two children who both play college lacrosse and she and her husband enjoy traveling around the country to watch them play.

Kenison, Joanne
Joanne Kenison
Human Resources Manager

Joanne has over two decades of human resource management experience ranging from talent management to strategic human resource planning and organizational consulting. Prior to launching her career at the CLA, Joanne held several corporate HR leadership positions in insurance, healthcare and professional services organizations. Joanne’s professional passion is providing HR solutions by building HR infrastructure through people, compliance and technology. As a result, she is super excited to be part of creating the organizational culture necessary to support the long-term success of the CLA.

Outside of work, Joanne enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenage children – hiking, cycling, working out at the gym, and traveling. Joanne also enjoys mentoring recent college grads on career exploration where she shares her knowledge and passion for HR.

Kaylie Lewis
Web Specialist

Shannon Mullin
Section Manager for Solo & Small Firm and Law Practice Management & Technology

Shannon’s experience working with a large marketing organization as well as a non-profit, brings a fresh perspective to the California Lawyers Association. She also has an extensive background in managing volunteers and events, which has contributed to her strong communication and organizational skills and excellent client service/administrative support. In her free time, you will likely find her spending time on her pontoon boat with her family and friends drinking a seltzer or on the couch watching Dateline.

Navarro, Jennifer
Jennifer Navarro
Board Manager

Jennifer directly supports the Executive Director. Prior to CLA, she was a seasoned public servant with the City of San Jose working for a variety of elected officials in various capacities such as Executive Assistant/Communications Specialist, Deputy Chief of Staff, Policy Analyst and Intern. Jennifer worked on a range of policy issues directly impacting the community such as public safety, education, transportation, economic development and land use. Now as an Executive Coordinator, Jennifer brings her writing, organizational, and people skills to the table by maximizing the Executive Director’s daily schedule and serving as a staff liaison to the Officers and Board of Representatives. Outside of work, Jennifer is a proud pee wee soccer mom and enjoys spending time with her family, especially watching/re-watching Disney movies with her three girls.

Elledge, Lauren
Lauren Oakley
Initiatives Manager

This Sacramento native has 5+ years of experience in the food service industry as well as 2+ years working in the retirement plan industry before joining the CLA team.  With an education in Marketing and Business Management from Linfield College, Lauren takes on a detail-oriented approach with an eye for efficiency.  She has risen through the CLA ranks from the role of Administrative Assistant working with the Sections of CLA, to Initiatives Manager.  When away from the office, you will find Lauren at one of the local farmers markets, yellow flowers in hand, attempting to befriend a nearby dog.

Matt Overton
Matt Overton
Sponsorship & Development Manager

Matt is responsible for building corporate sponsorships and non-dues revenue opportunities. He has nearly a decade of experience in the non-profit marketing & corporate partnership field, most recently serving as Director of Business Development for the California Medical Association. Prior to CMA, Matt spent 6 years as Director of Membership & Corporate Development with the California Pharmacists Association. Matt is always looking for innovative approaches to draw sponsorship interest and revenue, and excels at connecting associations with outside organizations. In his free time, Matt enjoys spending time with his daughters and traveling. He’s also a baseball devotee, and a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).

Nicole Peeler
Nicole Peeler
Associate Section Manager for Family Law

Prior to CLA, Nicole worked at Andy’s Candy Apothecary and at a personal training gym as an Admin Assistant. She looks forward to combining her customer service experience and organizational skills from both jobs to help CLA members with anything they might need. Outside of work, you can find her hiking, reading a good book, or spending time with family and friends.

Kristina Robledo
Senior Community Services Manager for LMPT, Solo and Small Firm

With 13 years of experience in the State Bar of California, Kristina has climbed the ladder, starting as an Administrative Assistant and rising up the ranks to Executive Senior Administrator then to Section Coordinator. Her valuable skills in customer service, management, and administration of policies contribute greatly to her current position. In the office, she is extremely supportive of her team and is readily available to work on creative solutions to any problems that may arise. Outside of work, Kristina can found relaxing anywhere from her couch to the beach, where she is likely suntanning with a cocktail in hand.

Rodgers, Dimisha
Dimisha Rodgers
Member Services Manager

Armed with a Business Degree from Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Finland and a strong background in Marketing and Organizational Management, Dimisha brings valuable insight and nuances to CLA. Dimisha started out as a Marketing Assistant and slowly made her way to Field Coordinator. Through these past experiences, Dimisha found her interest in working more hands on within operations. Her strong leadership and organizational tools allow her to share the values of a Lean organization with the Registration Department. She strives to provide the best customer experience for CLA members. On her free time, Dimisha enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and biking while spending quality time with her small family.

Oyango Snell
Oyango A. Snell
CEO & Executive Director

Pierce, Beth
Beth Pierce
Senior Section Manager for Real Property Law and New Lawyers Section

Beth has been embedded in events for the past 7 years and brings proven tactics as well as unique ideas to CLA’s event. Full of positivity and energy, Beth is passionate about creating unforgettable experiences for CLA members. The fun never stops whether it is securing a local comedian or a live band for an evening event. In Beth’s free time, she loves to exercise, hike outdoors and travel away for a long weekend. Beth is very well-versed in the Sacramento Community and loves to contribute any way she can.

Celeste Tamayo
Member Service Specialist

Celeste Tamayo is a Member Service Specialist at the California Lawyers Association with many years of HR administrative experience in her background. With her team player and go getter attitude she plans on attacking all her goals and aspirations one by one. She loves to stay in a positive mindset and believes that with the combination of hard work and law of attraction, she will achieve the successful lifestyle that she desires to have one day. She wants nothing more than to make her mom proud of the woman she has become and is becoming. Outside of work you will find her at her kickboxing class or at home painting and drinking wine. She adores her Mexican culture and loves to spend time with her family and friends dancing her life away. Celeste plans on utilizing all her data entry, detail oriented, customer service, and administrative expertise to make the registration team a great one. 

Joyce Tao
Web Administrator

Joyce is a member of the web team, focused on updating the website to maintain relevant information and increase user-friendliness for CLA members. A strong believer in the power of positive thinking in the workspace, she strives to create an approachable work environment and close relationships with her co-workers. Joyce enjoys a good board game night with her closest friends but can also be found exploring the streets of San Francisco.

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