Pam brings successful education programs and events to life with over 30 years of experience in program management and 16 years in the association space. She loves working with committees, planning groups, and association leaders to get their ideas off the ground. Pam is a proud mom of two athletic daughters, one away at college and the other still home in high school. In her spare time, she loves to travel with the family and spend time at the park with her dogs
Associate Executive Director,
Marketing, Membership, and Technology
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.
Associate Executive Director,
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.
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.
Meeting and Events Manager
From event and association management with the California Bankers Association to consulting for smaller associations and association management firms, Cynthia has a diverse range of experience. At CLA, she aims to manage and operate creative, efficient, and well-run events, meetings, and conferences by collaborating and providing purposeful support to our members, leaders, and team.
She received her CMP in 2017 from the Events Industry Council and in 2018/2019 accepted the Meeting Professional of the Year Award and recognition from her peers at the MPI Sacramento/Sierra-Nevada (MPISSN) Chapter. She served on the MPISSN Board as their Director of Education from 2017 to 2020. Currently, she is member of ASAE, CalSAE and keeps an eye on trends with the Independent Meeting Professionals of Sacramento (IMPS).
In her off hours, Cynthia enjoys time with family, friends, and her dog Copper.
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.
Associate Executive Director, Sections Chief and General Counsel
Prior to CLA, Brian was a Web Content Producer for the Sierra Club, an Interactive Media Specialist for Saint Mary’s College, and a newspaper reporter. He attended journalism school at Michigan State University. His experience includes writing, editing, managing social media channels, and launching online marketing campaigns. Outside of work, Brian enjoys playing the ukulele, watching sports, and camping with his kids.
Mike previously served as a technology leader in K12 education in northern California for over 20 years. His expertise is supporting digital learning, infrastructure, data systems, IT Service Management, and aligning IT with organizational strategy. He brings to California Lawyers Association a broad perspective being a current and former small business owner, with prior experience in retail, food service, construction, manufacturing support, and software development. He holds several professional certifications and was a mentor in a CTO leadership development program for 12 years. Mike enjoys the outdoors, traveling, music, guitar, home improvement, time with friends, family, and being a dad.
Linda Geery, CPA
Associate Executive Director, Finance and Chief Financial Officer
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.
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.
Education 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.
Associate Executive Director, Education and Member Services
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.
Senior Manager of Human Resources
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.
Equipped with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Public Relations from Chico State, Kaylie specializes in working with clients in media relations and content creation. Her background ranges from reporting news for a small newspaper to managing web applications for various organizations. These skills have proven invaluable, bringing an innovative perspective to CLA.
After work, you can find Kaylie at the park with her Standard Poodle, Jojo, or cooking up a new recipe in the kitchen.
Raychelle Menefee is an ambitious and accountable administrative professional with proven success excelling in dynamic, high-paced environments requiring keen attention to detail. As an Administrative Manager, directly supporting the CEO at the California Lawyers Association (CLA), she brings 10 years of experience working with high-level management in both corporate and nonprofit organizations. Her background includes project management of multiple events, supporting board members, building exemplary relationships with key stakeholders and delivering stellar customer service.
Raychelle is a recent “honors” graduate from Arizona State University with a double major in Corporate Accounting and Computer Information Systems. She plans to bring innovative ideas to the CLA team.
Outside of work, Raychelle loves to binge watch HGTV, bake sweets, go hiking and river rafting with the family when the weather is warmer and engage in a little retail therapy any chance she gets.
Lead Web Developer
With over 20 years of experience in web development, Duane brings a wide range of skills and experience, and will be working on many of CLA’s web-related aspects in an effort to provide additional value to our members. Outside of work, Duane enjoys the outdoors and taking a shot at most recipes he sees on TikTok.
Chief Executive Officer
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).
Vikremjeet Padda is an experienced professional working to generate a positive impact in the world! They love understanding complex systems and crafting intuitive solutions to help equitably optimize them.
They obtained a B.A. in Geography from UC Berkeley and have a strong passion for helping others thrive. They possess a strong analytical, leadership, and service-oriented skill set rooted in system thinking; refined through diverse experiences in food systems, nonprofit community and professional organizations, university administration, government agencies, and FinTech.
When not at work, they love to catch Pokémon, go to drag shows, and spend time with loved ones.
Section Administrative Specialist
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.
Dan Poggetti is a Marketing Manager at the California Lawyers Association, specializing in strategic marketing campaigns and brand management. With an eye for market trends and a passion for storytelling, Dan is dedicated to driving brand growth and recognition to contribute a positive impact to CLA. Outside of work, you can find Dan spending quality time with his family, whether it’s enjoying outdoor activities or exploring the community for fun family events.
Senior Section Manager
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.
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.
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.
Member Services Specialist
Bianca is our Office Administrative Specialist with over ten years of customer service experience. Prior to CLA, Bianca was a Program Coordinator for a youth program for the City of San Jose where she organized programs, planned events, and built strong relationships. Bianca has a passion for creating the best customer experience, problem solving, and always to step up and take initiative. Outside of work, you can catch Bianca watching her favorite horror films, getting frozen yogurt, and spending time with her wife and family.