Tennessee Bar Association

TBA Staff Directory

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Joycelyn Ashanti Stevenson
Executive Director

Joycelyn is responsible for managing the Tennessee Bar Association and enabling the TBA Board of Governors, House of Delegates, committees and sections to develop and implement policy.

Prior to joining the TBA Joycelyn spent 12 years at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings before becoming a shareholder at the world’s largest labor and employment firm, Littler Mendelson PC. She is a graduate of Howard University and Vanderbilt University Law School and has served as president of the Nashville Bar Association, the Lawyers’ Association for Women in Nashville and the Council on Aging of Greater Nashville. 

Barry L Kolar
Assistant Executive Director

Barry assists in management of the TBA staff and serves as coordinator for the Communications Circle. He also oversees the TBA.org website and TBA Today, the association's daily electronic newsletter. Barry has journalism and political science degrees from Baylor University and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He has spent much of his career working in journalism.

Allan Fields Ramsaur
Executive Director Emeritus

Allan assists the TBA Board of Governors, House of Delegates, committees and sections in developing and implementing policy. He has a bachelor of arts in political science from Lambuth University and a law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law. He was with the Tennessee Association of Legal Services for seven years and was executive director of the Nashville Bar Association for 12 years.

Karen Belcher
Executive Assistant

As administrative assistant to TBA Executive Director Allan Ramsaur, Karen works closely with the TBA Board of Governors, the House of Delegates and other committees and governing bodies.

Karen is a Nashville native and holds an associate's degree in office administration. Before coming to the TBA, she developed her skills working more than 15 years in association administration for hospitality and pharmacy organizations.

Dave Bevis
IT Coordinator
Dave is responsible for maintaining, developing and supporting the computer and communication systems at TBA. This includes both the internal servers and individual devices as well as the TBA’s multiple web servers and services. Dave has spent most of his career in entrepreneurial ventures in both the printing and information technology industries. He worked with the TBA for over 12 years in a developer/support role before joining the staff in July of 2016.
Landry Butler
Publications Coordinator

As Publications Coordinator, Landry juggles many of the print and online products produced by the Tennessee Bar Association, including the Tennessee Bar Journal, section newsletters and brochures. Before coming to the TBA, Landry worked as a graphics and design professional for more than 10 years, spending time at the Nashville Scene newspaper, as well as two Nashville firms involved in health care education and intelligence. A graduate of Trevecca University with a bachelor of science degree in management and human relations, he is also active in the Nashville arts community, having served on the board of the Plowhaus Artists' Co-op and as a founding member of the Untitled Artists' Group.

Therese Byrne
Meetings Director

Therese is in charge of meeting and event planning at the TBA, including TBA's Annual Convention, the TBA Leadership Conference, Board of Governor's meetings, and other major events.

A Nashville native, Therese brings to the TBA a strong background of planning and coordination of events. Immediately before coming to the TBA, she was director of meetings and special events for mental and substance abuse related conferences. She also had a lengthy career in the film production business in Los Angeles where she was a production coordinator for television and films. She is a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University.

Sonya Cliff
Finance Director

As TBA Finance Director, Sonya is responsible for oversight of financial operations at the Tennessee Bar Association. Sonya oversees the accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and cash management functions as well as assisting with the yearly financial audit.

A native Nashvillian, Sonya earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Tennessee State University and an MBA from Strayer University. Sonya has more than 15 years of experience in healthcare, education and insurance organizations. Before coming to the TBA, Sonya worked as a senior accountant at a healthcare consulting company.

William Hammond
Sections and Committees Coordinator

Wil Hammond is a Sections and Committees Coordinator at the Tennessee Bar Association. In that position, he will work with a number of the TBA's 32 sections and 16 committees, facilitating meetings, assisting with newsletters and ensuring they operate smoothly.

Prior to working for the TBA, he served as Communications Director for the Tennessee AFL-CIO, a Grant Manager the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development and on many state and local political campaigns. A Martin native, he graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a degree in Political Communications.

Katharine Heriges
Communications Coordinator

Katharine Heriges is Communications Coordinator at the TBA. She produces the TBAToday daily electronic newsletter and maintains the TBA's presence on social network platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. In addition, she assists in compiling Success and Disciplinary news for the Tennessee Bar Journal, and assists in marketing TBA events and activities.

Prior to her work at the TBA, Katharine worked on local political campaigns. A native Nashvillian, she graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Rhetoric & Writing. Katharine serves on the board of the New Leaders Council Nashville, a fellowship program dedicated to training young progressive leaders, of which she is also a 2015 graduate. She also spent time working as an English teacher at a public elementary school in Busan, South Korea.

Steve King
Webcasting and Audio/Visual Coordinator

Steve King leads the busy webcasting program at the Tennessee Bar Association. He coordinates video programs at the Tennessee Bar Center and on location. In addition, he works with speakers and staff to coordinate audio/visual programming.

Before joining the TBA Steve worked as a Technical Director for several television networks. He holds a bachelors degree in communication and information from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and a bachelors degree from Middle Tennessee State University with a major in computer information systems.

Linda Murphy

Linda is the front line contact for callers and visitors to the TBA. When you call the general number, you are usually greeted by Linda's kind and helpful voice. She enjoys assisting TBA members with their needs and providing resource information to outside callers. 

Linda studied at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski.  Before coming to the TBA she was retired for ten years after working in accounting, business and office administration.

Abigail Phillips
CLE Coordinator

Abigail “Abby” Phillips is one of the Continuing Legal Education Coordinators at the Tennessee Bar Association who strives to help produce high-quality programs.

Abby has a bachelors degree in Business Administration from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is a Nashville native; Franklin being her hometown. Before joining the TBA, Abby worked in the event coordinating field for many years along with spending time as a legal assistant.

Kathy Prescott
Membership Director

Kathy Prescott is the membership director at the Tennessee Bar Association. In this role, she is responsible for membership development campaigns and recruitment of new members, coordination of the annual dues renewal process and administration of member benefits. She also assists in planning and implementing TBA events.

Kathy has more than 25 years of experience in legal marketing and nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining the TBA, she served as the marketing and business development manager at a large law firm in Nashville. Kathy has a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College in Columbia, SC.

Kate Prince
Leadership Development and Innovations Coordinator

Kate Prince coordinates the TBA’s Leadership Law (TBALL) program. In this role, she works closely with a steering committee to plan and implement a six-month leadership-training program for lawyers throughout Tennessee who have been identified as emerging leaders within the legal community. She is responsible for organizing all TBALL workshops, activities and correspondence. Additionally, she coordinates the TBA Mentoring Program.

Kate was previously the logistics and volunteer coordinator for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mid South Chapter and is an active volunteer with the Nikki Mitchell Foundation in Nashville. She earned bachelor’s degrees in electronic journalism and criminal justice from Middle Tennessee State University where she was named a Seigenthaler Scholar and completed internships with the Rutherford County Public Defender’s Office and WTVF News Channel 5.

Suzanne Craig Robertson
Editor of Tennessee Bar Journal

SUZANNE CRAIG ROBERTSON is editor of the Tennessee Bar Journal. Contact her for writer’s guidelines, or to send an article for review. Suzanne works with a seven-member editorial board to decide what will and will not be published, and with the publications coordinator on design and production. In addition, Suzanne helps produce the TBA Today daily electronic newsletter.

She has a bachelor of science in communications from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

J. Scott (Skip) Rudsenske
Programs Director & LAVPA Coordinator

J. Scott "Skip" Rudsenske is the Programs Director and LAVPA Coordinator at the Tennessee Bar Association. As Programs Director, Skip manages the programs  produced by TBA Sections, Committees and Young Lawyers Division. As LAVPA Coordinator, the Legal Assistance Volunteers for Patent Applicants, Skip oversees a patent pro bono program that provides free legal support to inventors with limited resources.

Prior to joining the TBA, Skip practiced intellectual property and entertainment law for 27 years, representing clients in the music, film, theater, television, book publishing and the visual arts industries.  Skip earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of North Texas and a law degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas.  Skip is a licensed attorney in both Texas and Tennessee. Skip also has an extensive background working with non-profit organizations and has been a volunteer attorney for both Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts and Tennessee Volunteer and Professionals for the Arts.


Brenna Scheving
CLE Coordinator

As a Continuing Legal Education Coordinator, Brenna connects with section members to plan and orchestrate high-quality CLE programs. Brenna is a Nashville native and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Before joining the TBA, Brenna worked in healthcare market analysis and spent several years as a bookseller in New York.

Berkley Etheridge Schwarz
Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs

Berkley Schwarz comes to the TBA from the Tennessee Secretary of State's Division of Business Services where she was the attorney for the division and Athlete Agent Registrar.

A graduate of Mississippi State University and then the University of Mississippi School of Law, Berkley has a variety of skills based on her diverse experience and background. She began her career in private practice as a litigator in Jackson, Mississippi, then made her way to Washington, D.C., where she worked as a legislative assistant and later at the U.S. Department of Justice as attorney advisor in the Office of Legislative Affairs.

While still in D.C., Berkley helped launch the D.C. Office of the National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA), the trade association representing American music publishers and their songwriting partners. Berkley worked at NMPA for five and a half years as senior vice president and counsel. Upon leaving NMPA, Berkley served as a principal at Pier Strategies, a specialized Government Relations, business development, and consulting firm. She then worked as a legal recruiter for the legal recruiting firm, Young Mayden.

Berkley and her family live in Nashville, where she is a active in community organizations, including the Junior League of Nashville and the Oak Hill School Parents Association. She is licensed to practice law in Tennessee, Mississippi and Georgia.

Mindy Thomas Fulks
Director of Continuing Legal Education

If you are interested in presenting at any CLE program offered by the Tennessee Bar Association or would like to see a particular program you will want to contact Mindy. As a Director of Continuing Education, she can assist you with putting a CLE program together or can direct you to an existing program that might fit your need.

Mindy earned her Master of Education from Middle Tennessee State University. Prior to coming to the TBA she worked as a program coordinator and facilitator for several alternative sentencing programs in Middle Tennessee counties. Mindy has also spent 14 years in Central America and has worked as an interpreter in Davidson and Williamson counties.

Elizabeth Slagle Todaro
Access to Justice Director

Elizabeth Slagle Todaro is the Access to Justice Director at the Tennessee Bar Association. Liz has over 20 years of experience in the fields of domestic violence, family law, criminal justice, women’s issues, political advocacy, education reform and access to justice issues.

Liz earned a bachelors degree in political science from Emory University and a law degree from the City University of New York Law School. She worked in the Battered Women’s Rights Clinic during law school, representing clients in NYC family courts. She also worked with the Incarcerated Mother’s Law Project of the Women’s Prison Association, serving clients at Riker’s Island Jail and in other N.Y. state correctional facilities.

Since law school, Liz has continued her public service oriented career, ultimately moving back to Nashville to do outreach for the YWCA Domestic Violence Center and then serving as the program director for the Crisis Center at Family & Children’s Service. Prior to joining TBA, Liz led Nashville Debate, a local non-profit that works to bring policy debate back into Metro Nashville’s public schools, while continuing a part-time role as a community educator with the YWCA.

Liz is a native of Nashville and graduated from Hume-Fogg Academic High School.

Tanja Trezise
Accounts Receivable Coordinator

Tanja is one of the voices you'll hear if you call in — or send us an email. She is also a key member of our finance and administration team, handling registrations for CLE programs, conventions and other events as part of her duties coordinating accounts receivable.

Before coming to the TBA, Tanja worked as an administrative assistant, a medical secretary and accounts receivable clerk at companies in Southern Alabama.

Stephanie Vonnahme
Young Lawyers Division and Public Education Coordinator

Stephanie Vonnahme is Young Lawyers Division and Public Education Coordinator. Stephanie comes to the TBA with a wealth of professional experience including over eight years of program management within the non-profit sector. She has provided executive director services for a variety of organizations of different sizes around the country and internationally. From this work Stephanie has developed exceptional skills in communications, project planning, staff and volunteer management and program development.

Stephanie holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. Her background includes a family of lawyers who provide her with both a relationship and natural interest in the law and the advancement of the profession.

Jarod Word
Sections and Committees Coordinator

Jarod Word is a Sections and Committees Coordinator at the Tennessee Bar Association. In that position, works with a number of the TBA's 32 sections and 16 committees, facilitating meetings, assisting with newsletters and ensuring they operate smoothly.

Prior to joining TBA, Jarod served as Project Coordinator for Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. While at LAS he assisted with numerous Pro Bono initiatives including legal assistance for veterans with Operation Stand Down of Tennessee, and a project to provide legal assistance to rural communities using video technology. He also established and maintained a partnership with Metro Nashville Public Schools that facilitated legal clinics and developed informational sessions for families within the school system.