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Toledo Women's Bar Association Board 2016-2017

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.

President-ElectTracey 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.

Vice-President: 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:

Past-President: Cheri A. Budzynski is a Partner at 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. Contact information:


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: 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: 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:


2nd 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.


1st 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 at

Standing Committee Chairs 2016-2017

 Special Events Janine Avila & Sarah Skow    Social Brooke Stokke

 Membership Kati Tharp, Samantha Meiers 

 Program Krysten Beech & Mike Mikkonen
 Electronic Media Joyce Nowak  Newsletter Sara Al-Sorghali
 CLE Karin Coble, Jodi King, Brittany Rossi, & McNulty  Nominating  Angelita Cruz Bridges

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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