Tennessee Bar Association

TBA Staff Directory

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Allan Fields Ramsaur
Executive Director

Allan is responsible to Tennessee Bar Association members for management of the TBA staff, as well as enabling the TBA Board of Governors, House of Delegates, committees and sections to develop and implement policy. He represents the association before the General Assembly, agencies and related organizations.

Allan 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.

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 TBALink, the TBA's web site, 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 most of his career working in journalism, most recently at The Charlotte Observer.

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.

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.

Brenda Gadd
Public Policy Coordinator

Brenda Gadd is public policy coordinator at the Tennessee Bar Association, working closely with the Government Affairs Committee to help represent the TBA and its members before the General Assembly and other policy making bodies.

Prior to joining the TBA, Brenda served in a variety of consulting and management roles for campaigns in Tennessee, including the Keep Tennessee Courts Fair Coordinated Campaign. She also has served as legislative liaison for a state agency and as chief of staff for a Tennessee senator. Brenda holds a bachelors degree from Maryville College and a law degree from the Nashville School of Law.

Christy Gibson
Committees and Sections Coordinator

As a Committees and Sections Coordinator, Christy works with a number of the TBA's 27 sections and 12 committees, assisting with newsletters, facilitating meetings and ensuring they operate smoothly. A native of Missouri, Christy earned a bachelors degree in political science and master of public administration from Arkansas State University. Prior to joining the TBA Christy worked for a large scale commercial real estate developer in Jonesboro, Ark., and was a campaign assistant there in the local mayoral election. Christy also served as board member and Fundraising Chair of the Women’s Crisis Center of Northeast Arkansas and was appointed by Governor Huckabee to the Commission for Closing the Academic Achievement Gap in the State of Arkansas.

Katharine Heriges
Public Education and Young Lawyers Division Coordinator

Katharine Heriges is the coordinator for Public Education and the Young Lawyers Division at the TBA, working with YLD leadership on its many public service projects, including the Wills for Heroes program, the State High School Mock Trial competition, and the Diversity Leadership Institute. She also works with the TBA’s Public Education Committee on its outreach programs, that help members of the community obtain a better understanding of the law and our legal system.

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.

Amelia Ferrell Knisely
Communications Coordinator

Amelia Ferrell Knisely is Communications Coordinator for the TBA, bringing news and information to TBA members through TBAToday, the Tennessee Bar Journal and social media. She also coordinates media relations for the association, working with media outlets across the state and a variety of social media and other platforms.

Prior to coming to the TBA, Amelia was a reporter, producer and digital journalist for WOWK 13News in Charleston, West Virginia. She had also served as an adjunct faculty member at Marshall University, where she earned her masters degree in Communications Studies. Her undergraduate degree in political science and communications was earned at Shepherd University.

Lauren Hopper Lee
CLE Coordinator

As a coordinator for the TBA's CLE programs, Lauren works in the production of many of the TBA's educational programs. Lauren works with course producers to make sure all of the materials are ready for participants and all of the many other logistical issues that need to be put in place to ensure a high quality educational experience for all attendees.

Lauren holds both a bachelors and a masters degree in Social Work from Tennessee State University. Most recently she worked at St. Luke’s Community House, serving seniors and families in West Nashville. She has also interned at the Tennessee General Assembly.

Jenny Jones
Committees and Sections Coordinator

As a Committees and Sections Coordinator, Jenny works with a number of the TBA's 27 sections and 12 committees, assisting with newsletters, facilitating meetings and ensuring they operate smoothly.

Jenny has also served the TBA as executive assistant to TBA Executive Director Allan Ramsaur and previously provided administrative support to the YMCA's senior staff. She is also an avid photographer — holding a degree from Austin Peay in fine arts with emphasis in photography — and an active traveler. Often she combines her two loves, recording her visits around the U.S. and abroad in photos.

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.

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
TBA Leadership Law 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.

Brenna Scheving
CLE Coordinator
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
Programs Director & Access to Justice Coordinator

Elizabeth Slagle Todaro is the Programs Director and Access to Justice Coordinator at the Tennessee Bar Association. Liz has over 15 years of experience in the fields of domestic violence, family law, criminal justice, women’s issues, political advocacy and education reform.

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. Most recently, Liz has 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/Customer Service

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.