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Toledo Women's Bar Association Board 2018-2019

PresidentTracey Ballard Tangeman has been a career criminal prosecutor since 1998.  Since 2015, she has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio in their Toledo office, and before that, she was an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Montgomery County (Dayton) for 16 years—the last 8 years of which she prosecuted exclusively homicides and high profile cases.  She has been a frequent speaker at training programs in Ohio, as well as the National Advocacy Center in South Carolina.  She graduated from Smith College with her B.A. in Government and French and earned her J.D. from The Ohio State University College of Law in 1998.  She joined the TWBA and has served on the board since her move to Toledo, having previously been an active member of the Dayton Bar Association.  She is also an active member of the Toledo Bar Association and Rotary of Toledo.  Contact information:

President-Elect: Rebecca Facey is an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Lucas County. Rebecca graduated from the University of Toledo College of Law in 2014, DePaul University in 2004, and Roy C. Start High School in 2000. After law school, Rebecca was hired directly into the Domestic Crimes Unit of the Prosecutor's Office where she focuses on felony cases involving intimate partner violence. Before becoming a lawyer, Rebecca co-founded the non-profit organization, Independent Advocates, which provided comprehensive court advocacy services to victims of domestic violence in Toledo and the surrounding area. As a law student, Rebecca served as President of the Women's Law Student Association and was awarded the Toledo Women's Bar Association scholarship in 2013. Rebecca has been a member of the Toledo Women's Bar Association since law school and finds the programming and professional community of this organization unlike any other. Contact information:

Vice PresidentSamantha Meiers is a law clerk to the Honorable Jeffrey J. Helmick at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.  Samantha graduated from the University of Toledo College of Law in 2016, where she began her involvement in the Toledo Women's Bar Association. In her capacity as the Women's Law Student Association's TWBA representative, she served on both boards as a liaison between the two organizations.  As a law student, Samantha also worked as a research assistant for the Toledo Women Lawyers History Project.  After graduating law school, Samantha continued her service on the TWBA board and her involvement with the Toledo Women Lawyers History Project, co-chairing the CLE committee who hosted the Balancing the Scales event recognizing Women's History Month and the Project.  Samantha has also served on the TWBA membership committee, and is a member of the Toledo Bar Association, the Junior Bar Association, and the Morrison R. Waite Inn of Court.  Contact information:

Past-PresidentKathryn Sandretto is an Assistant Lucas County Prosecutor. She began her career with the Lucas County Prosecutor’s office in 2007 and for the past two years has served as the Lucas County Domestic Crimes Prosecutor. Prior to her time with the Lucas County office Kathryn worked for the City of Toledo Prosecutor’s Office. Today Kathryn serves as one the of the County’s three Preliminary Hearing Prosecutors. Kathryn obtained her law degree in 2005 from The Ohio State University and her undergraduate in 2001 from Bradley University. She became involved with the Toledo Women’s Bar Association five years ago and finds that it is one of the most supportive, and positive bar associations in Northwest Ohio.  Contact


SecretaryCarrie Connelly obtained her law degree from the University of Toledo in 2007 after graduating from the University of Cincinnati in 2002. Carrie is currently employed as court mediator at the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals. Carrie has also worked as a staff attorney at Student Legal Services, Inc. at Bowling Green State University, and as law clerk for the Hon. Francis X. Gorman at the Toledo Municipal Court. Prior to beginning her two terms as treasurer, Carrie served as the Law School Committee chair. Since her time as a WLSA member, Carrie has been inspired by the women in the TWBA, and she is very much looking forward to serving this organization. Contact information: carrieconnelly@


Treasurer: Jody King is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio in the Toledo office, working primarily in the civil division since early 2016.  Previously, she worked for the Office of General Counsel for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, assigned to the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.  She is a graduate of Colgate University and New York University School of Law.  After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Charles P. Sifton in the District Court for the Eastern District of New York and was an associate at Stillman & Friedman in New York City. She joined TWBA after moving to Toledo in 2015.  Contact information: jody.king@usdoj.go


Third Year Trustee: Kelly Tomlinson serves as Director of the Office of Professional Development at The University of Toledo College of Law, where she began working in 2010. Prior to joining the Office of Professional Development, Ms. Tomlinson served as a Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor in the College of Law Domestic Violence Clinic and practiced law at a private firm in Toledo, Ohio focusing on litigation defense and representing employers in Workers’ Compensation matters. She received her B.A. with high distinction in Communication Arts from Ohio Northern University and earned her J.D. magna cum laude from The University of Toledo College of Law. She is admitted to practice law in the State of Ohio and the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio. Kelly was a member of WLSA during law school and served as Co-Chair of the TWBA Membership Committee for several years before becoming a Trustee.  Contact information:


2nd Year TrusteeJohn Coble is a member of the Toledo and Fremont law firm of Albrechta & Coble, Ltd. and has over 30 years of experience in a variety of areas. His practice is currently focused upon the areas of personal injury, domestic relations, employment discrimination, and probate matters. John is a frequent speaker before various professional groups on trial practice issues. He is a former board member of both the Toledo Bar Association and Toledo Junior Bar Association. John has served on the board of numerous community organizations, including the Toledo Fair Housing Center and the Teamsters Legal Defense Fund. He helped found several local organizations including the Homeless Awareness Project, David’s House, and Harbor House. John received his B.Ph. degree from Miami University and his J.D. degree from the University of Toledo College of Law. He was admitted to practice in Ohio in 1984, and is also admitted to practice before several U.S. District Courts, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. John is also the husband and part-time legal assistant of Karin Coble. He has two children and two step-children, all of whom reject most of his advice. Contact information:

1st Year TrusteeMargaret Lockhart practices in the areas of labor and employment law and education law. She is certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a Specialist in Employment and Labor law. She has tried cases in both state and federal courts and before state and federal administrative agencies and has argued appeals in state and federal courts, including the Ohio Supreme Court. Margaret also handles labor negotiations, fact-finding proceedings, labor and commercial arbitrations, policy and handbook reviews, workplace investigations, teacher termination proceedings, and supervisor training for private and public sector employers. Margaret lectures frequently on labor and employment and education law topics.   Margaret served for ten years as a judge pro tem of the Perrysburg Municipal Court. Margaret served as law clerk to the Hon. Robert E. DeMascio, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan from 1986-88.  Contact information:

Standing Committee Chairs 2016-2017

 Special Events Sarah Skow, Lauren Carpenter, & Stephanie Kortokrax    Social Angie Zavac, Katrin McBroom & Carmille Akande

 Membership Jen Ramon & Kati Tharp

 Program Krysten Beech & Mike Mikkonen
 Electronic Media Cheri Budzynski & Emily Morrison  Newsletter Sara Al-Sorghali
 CLE Karin Coble, Amy Luck, Brittany Rossi, & McNulty  Nominating  Angelita Cruz Bridges, Kyle Cubbon,
                     Charlon Dewberry, Meghan Roth, & Carrie Urrutia
 Bylaws & Handbook  

Special Committee Chairs 2016-2017

 Women's History Project Hon. Arlene Singer & 

                                                               Lori Olender

Women's Advocacy Ava Dustin, Gene Crawford 

                                Vallie Bowman-English                  


Toledo Women's Bar Association is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. P.O. Box 1724, Toledo, Ohio 43603-1724

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