Teresa Schiller -- Chair
Teresa Schiller of Waco is (i) section chair, (ii) a past council member, (iii) past co-chair of the Scholarship Committee, (iv) a board member of the Waco-McLennan County Bar Association, (v) past president of the New York Women’s Bar Association, and (vi) past president-elect of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York.  She primarily practices business and employment law at Beard Kultgen. More information is available here.

Nicondra ("Nikki") Chargois-Allen -- Past Chair
Nicondra ("Nikki") Chargois-Allen of San Antonio is (i) past section chair, and (ii) co-chair of the Annual Meeting Committee. She primarily practices civil litigation at Davidson Troilo Ream & Garza. More information is available here.

Leigh Goodson -- Chair-Elect
Leigh Goodson of Tyler has served as section secretary for the past two years. Having earned an LL.M. in taxation, she primarily practices trusts & estates and business law as the owner of Goodson Firm, P.C. More information is available here.

Denise Alex -- Vice-Chair, Membership

Denise Alex of Houston is (i) vice-chair/membership, (ii) co-chair of the Membership Committee, (iii) a past section council member, and (iv) past secretary of the African American Lawyers Section.  She primarily practices transactional and energy law as a legal counsel at Sasol North America.  More information is available here.

Sarah ("Ellis") Iverson -- Vice-Chair/Newsletter

Sarah “Ellis” Iverson of Houston is (i) vice-chair/newsletter, and (ii) co-chair of the Newsletter Committee.  She primarily practices child protective services, criminal, adoption, and amicus-related law as the owner of Ellis Iverson, Attorney at Law.  More information is available here.

Betsy Johnson -- Secretary
Betsy Johnson of Austin has served as a section council member during the past year. She primarily practices condemnation and real estate law as of counsel at Davidson Troilo Ream & Garza. More information is available here.

Natasha Martinez -- Treasurer
Natasha Martinez of McAllen has served as section chronologist for the past year. She practices criminal law as a prosecutor at Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office. More information is available here.

Laura Kugler -- Chronologist

Laura Kugler of Dallas is a section member and a member of the National Association of Women Lawyers.  She primarily practices products, premises, employment, and professional liability litigation as a partner at Hawkins, Parnell & Young, LLP.  More information is available here.

Judy Ney -- Emeritus Council Member

Judy Ney of Houston is (i) a past chair of the section, (ii) section treasurer, and (iii) a past section representative to the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors for medium-sized sections.  She practices workers’ compensation law as an administrative law judge at Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers Compensation.  More information is available here.

Deborah Race -- Emeritus Council Member

Deborah Race of Tyler is (i) a past chair of the section, (ii) chair of the section’s Awards Committee, and (iii) past president of the Smith County Bar Association.  Board-certified in civil appellate law, she primarily practices appellate law as the owner of Deborah Race, Attorney at Law.  More information is available here.

Elizabeth Cantu -- Council Member

Elizabeth Cantu of Edinburg is (i) a section council member, (ii) returning co-chair of the Annual Meeting Committee, and (iii) past co-chair of the Scholarship Committee.  She primarily practices civil litigation at Ramon Worthington, P.L.L.C.  More information is available here.

Lindsay Owens -- Council Member

Lindsay Owens of Midland is a section member, along with other lawyers at her firm.  She primarily practices estate planning and probate law as an associate attorney at Lynch Chappell & Alsup.  More information is available here.

Patricia Chapman -- Council Member

Patricia Chapman of The Woodlands is a section member and past president of the Montgomery County Bar Association.  She primarily practices business law as the owner of Patricia Chapman, Attorney at Law.  More information is available here.

Cynthia Graham -- Council Member

Cynthia Graham of Amarillo is a (i) section member, (ii) past member of the Family Law Section Council, and (iii) member of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  She primarily practices family law as the owner of Law Office of Cynthia Barela Graham, PLLC.  More information is available here.

Summer Olmos -- Council Member

Summer Olmos of McAllen has served as a section council member for the past year.  She primarily practices insurance, litigation, and construction law at Chavez Legal Group.  More information is available here.

Deborah Cordova -- Council Member

Deborah Cordova of McAllen is a (i) past chair of the section, (ii) section representative to the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors for medium-sized sections, and (iii) president of the Texas Women Lawyers.  She primarily practices real estate, banking, business, estate planning, and probate law as a member of Walsh McGurk Cordova Nixon.  More information is available here.

Kirby Drake -- Council Member

Kirby Drake of Dallas is a past chair of the section and chair of the section’s CLE Committee.  She primarily practices intellectual property law as a partner at Klemchuk LLP.  More information is available here.

Hon. Maria Salas-Mendoza -- Council Member

Hon. Maria Salas-Mendoza of El Paso is a (i) section member, (ii) past member of the Judicial Section Council, and (iii) member of the Texas Women Lawyers.  She presides over the 120th Judicial District Court of Texas.  More information is available here.

Susan Kelly -- Council Member

Susan Kelly of Waco is a section member and past president of the Waco-McLennan County Bar Association.  Board-certified in criminal law, she primarily practices criminal defense law as the owner of Law Offices of Susan N. Kelly.  More information is available here.