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Toledo Women's Bar Association Board 2016-2017

President: Cheri A. Budzynski is a senior associate in the Toledo, Ohio office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP. Cheri is admitted to practice in Ohio, Florida, United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, United States District Court of Ohio, Northern District; and United States District Court of Ohio, Southern District. Since Joining Shumaker, she has been involved in a range of environmental regulatory, permitting, and compliance issues that affect the Utility Industry, the Steel/Coke Industry, the Pharmaceutical Industry, and the Ethanol Industry. Cheri has also worked on environmental litigation at both the State and Federal level. A substantial amount of her work is following regulations on both the State and Federal level and preparing comments for various trade organizations. She has submitted extensive comments to Ohio EPA, U.S. EPA, and the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission. She has also appealed various regulations to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and Ohio's Environmental Review Appeals Commission. Cheri became involved with the Toledo Women's Bar Association while in Law School at the University of Toledo. She finds that it is an excellent way to network with colleagues in the Toledo Area.


President-Elect: Kathryn 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.


Vice-President: Tracey Ballard Tangeman has been a career criminal prosecutor for 18 years. For the past year and a half, 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.  During her 16 years there, she tried over 100 jury trials, including death penalty cases, and was a frequent speaker at training programs in Ohio, the National Advocacy Center in South Carolina, and the Law and Leadership Institute.  In 2012, she received an FBI Written Commendation/Award for Outstanding Contribution in a double homicide case she prosecuted that was jointly investigated by the FBI and Dayton Police Department.  She graduated from Smith College with her B.A. in both Government and French, studying abroad her junior year in Paris, France at the Sorbonne and the Institute of Political Science.  After college, she interned as a Parliamentary Attaché at the National Assembly in Paris. She later earned her J.D. from The Ohio State University College of Law in 1998 and was a National Trial Team Regional finalist and Herman Moot Court Competition Semi-finalist.  She joined the TWBA last year with her move to Toledo and served on the Board as co-chair of the Fall Kickoff/Annual Meeting Committee before taking the position of Vice President, having previously been an active member of the Dayton Bar Association.  For the past 6 years, she has been a member of Rotary, in Dayton and now Toledo, serving on the Membership Engagement Committee, Invocation Committee, and chair of the New Member Committee.

Past-President: Sarah Skow has a diverse litigation practice at Spengler Nathanson. She practices in the areas of complex business litigation, professional practice defense, landlord tenant disputes, tort litigation, civil rights and criminal defense. Sarah received a Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction in English from the University of Michigan in 2002 and a law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law, where she served as Executive Editor of the University of Toledo Law Review. Sarah first joined the TWBA as a WLSA member in 2003 and joined the Board in 2006. Sarah is honored to serve the TWBA membership and thinks the TWBA is important because the organization provides engaging and meaningful opportunities for mentoring. Sarah is proud of TWBA’s commitment to advancing women in the legal profession and its role in honoring women leaders through the Toledo Women Lawyers History Project. Contact information:


Secretary: Carrie 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: Laural Kendall operates a solo practice, Kendall Legal Services, LLC, located in downtown Toledo. She practices family law, probate, and criminal defense, including appeals. She has been an active member of the Toledo Women’s Bar Association for over five years. During that time, she has enjoyed serving as chair of the publicity committee, secretary, and more recently as a Trustee. Contact information:



3rd Year Trustee: Elaine B. Szuch is an Assistant Lucas County Prosecutor. She has practiced in the Juvenile and General Criminal Divisions and is currently practicing in the Civil Division.   Prior to her time with the Prosecutor’s Office Elaine was at a private firm for seven years practicing in civil litigation.  Elaine obtained her law degree in 2005 from The University of Toledo and her undergraduate in 2002 from The University of Dayton. She has been actively involved with the Toledo Women’s Bar Association since 2011 spending several terms on the CLE committee.


 2nd Year Trustee: Lori Olender is one of our TWBA Past-Presidents and has continued on the board in some capacity for the last eight years. She has also served as a co-chair for the Fall Kick-Off and has worked on the CLE, Program and By-Laws committees. Lori is from Toledo and graduated both undergraduate and law from the University of Toledo. Lori has been at the Lucas County Prosecutors Office for 19 years. The first nine were spent prosecuting child abuse cases. In 2007, she became Supervisor of the Juvenile Division and is now a Deputy Chief Prosecutor. Contact Information:


1st 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.



Standing Committee Chairs 2016-2017

 Special Events Janine Avila & Jen Ramon  Program Cathy Garcia Feehan & Mike Mikkonen

 Membership Kati Tharp & Julie Jacek Bookmiller 

 Law School Amber Chuhy & Brooke Stokke
 Electronic Media Joyce Nowak Newsletter Clare Luddy
 CLE Lindsey Ohlman & Sammantha Meiers Nominating  Angelita Cruz Bridges
 Social Jonnie Hodges & Cassandra Dohar 

Special Committee Chairs 2016-2017

 Women's History Project Hon. Arlene Singer &

                                                      Lori Olender

Women's Advocacy Lindsay Navarre 




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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