Academy Steering Committee

Leadership development is a continuing journey.  We urge our Fellows to continue the development process after their Academy year ends by finding opportunities in their workplaces and in volunteer activities to continue to grow and master the skills they have learned.

We are fortunate that many of alums have chosen to join the Academy Steering Committee, which supervises the operations of the Academy. We also benefit from having ACC NCR members with a special interest in leadership development serve on the Committee.  Their "inside" and "outside" perspectives keep the Academy program strong, vibrant, and dynamic.

Steering Committee members work with our Faculty and Board of Advisors members to prepare for Modules, manage the annual recruitment process, and create opportunities for members of the Academy community to stay connected with the program, with one another, and with the growth mindset that made their Academy experience so meaningful.

2024 Academy Steering Committee Members

Lauren Mooney '19 – co-chair
Senior Counsel
National Restaurant Association

Alyssa Reiner '20 – co-chair
Associate General Counsel
Yahoo Inc. 

Virginia Robinson '18 – co-chair
General Counsel, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer
Tlingit Haida Tribal Business Corporation


Todd Aman '19
Senior VP, General Counsel & Secretary

Suzanne Barr '21
Deputy General Counsel
Fannie Mae

Virginia Barry '22
Associate Counsel
ICI Mutual Insurance Company

Susan Duarte '22
Senior Corporate Counsel

Amanda Dupree '23
Associate General Counsel

Margaret Everson-Fisher '18
Associate General Counsel
Freddie Mac

Ted Feldman '19
Deputy General Counsel
The Truth Initiative 

Taryn Fielder '22
General Counsel
Veris Residential, Inc.

Audrey Heilprin '23
Senior Counsel

Audrey Heilprin '23
Senior Counsel

Colin Heitzmann '20
VP, Intellectual Property and Business Development
Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. 

Rea Holmes '21
Director & Senior Counsel
The Pew Charitable Trusts 

Joni Hong '20
Senior Counsel
Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare, Inc. 

Herrin Hopper '21
Deputy General Counsel
Human Rights Campaign 

Robert Jefferson '23
Deputy General Counsel
Fannie Mae

David Kalinski '23
Deputy General Counsel
Fannie Mae 

Suzanna Kang '23
General Counsel
Consumer Technology Association

Joanne Kelly '21

Ryan Kiernan '22
Senior In-House Counsel
Lidl US 

Cathy Kunz '20
Senior VP and General Counsel, Civil Group

Jack Lin '23
Senior Director, Intellectual Property Counsel
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Companies (U.S.)

Lesley Marlin '18
Associate General Counsel, Labor and Employment

Christine Mehfoud '20
Managing Associate General Counsel - Carelon Digital Platforms
Elevance Health 

Jon Mellis '19
General Counsel & Secretary, Government Services (Mason & Hanger | SOC)
Day & Zimmermann

Sandy Paik
General Counsel
The Tower Companies 

Nathan Pollard '21
Associate General Counsel

Robin Sanders '20
Chief Privacy Official, Deputy General Counsel – Litigation & Regulatory
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Matt Seiler '19
VP & General Counsel
National Community Pharmacists Association

Brittany SmithShimer '23
Manager, Legal Affairs and Counsel
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Henry Thaggert '19
Associate General Counsel, Antitrust (US)
Gilead Sciences 

Andrea Vavonese '20
Deputy General Counsel

Luise Welby
Senior Associate General Counsel
Freddie Mac

Meghan Whitney '22
Product & Marketing Counsel

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