Board of Directors

KCMBA Nominating Committee Announces Slate for 2016

The KCMBA Nominating Committee, chaired by Immediate Past President Perry Brandt, selected the following slate of officers and directors for 2016:


President Elect – Daniel E. Blegen
Vice President – Nikki E. Cannezzaro
Treasurer – Nathan A. Orr
Secretary – Lajuana M. Counts

Members-At-Large (2-Year Term)

Athena M. Dickson
Michael J. Mohlman
David M. Skeens
Christopher B. Wirken

Under the Bylaws, 2015 President-Elect Russell S. Jones will automatically become KCMBA President in 2016.  In addition, the following Members-At-Large will continue to serve in 2016: Roger D. Nail, Phyllis Norman, Patricia ‘Tricia’ M. Scaglia, and Samuel M. Wendt.

At any time after September 1, 2015 and before 5 p.m. on October 1, 2015, other nominations for any office, including any Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors, may be made by a nominating petition signed by twenty-five (25) regular members of the Association and filed with the Executive Director of the Association.  If no nominations are received by petition, then the slated selected by the nominating committee shall be presented to the Regular Members for approval at the Annual Meeting on December 11, 2015.


The Board of Directors is the Association’s managing body. Directors are selected annually by a nominating committee for terms of either one or two years. Each of KCMBA’s seven sections is represented on the Board of Directors by its president, as are various other entities associated with KCMBA, including the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation, the American Bar Association, the Kansas Bar Association, the Missouri Bar Association, and the KCMBA Past Presidents’ Club, among others. The Board meets monthly to discuss and vote on the affairs of the Association. For more information on the structure and duties of the Board of Directors, please refer to the Association’s bylaws.


Scott S. Bethune
Davis, Bethune & Jones, LLC Blegen Orr
Russell S. Jones, Jr.
Polsinelli PC
Vice President
Daniel E. Blegen
Rouse Hendricks German May PC
Nikki E. Cannezzaro
Franke Schultz & Mullen, PC
Nate Orr
Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP Mason Counts
Immediate Past President
Perry Brandt
Bryan Cave LLP
Roger Nail
The Nail Law Firm
Leah M. Mason
Edelman & Thompson, LLC
Lajuana Counts
U.S. Attorney’s Office
wendt Wirken
Phyllis Norman
The Norman Law Firm, LLC
Patricia M. Scaglia
Solo Practitioner
Sam Wendt
Wendt Goss P.C.
Christopher B. Wirken
Wirken Law Firm, L.L.C.
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Athena M. Dickson
Siro Smith Dickson, P.C.
Judicial Liaison
Hon. Gary D. Witt
Missouri Court of Appeals, W.D.
Representative of AWL
Beverly M. Weber
Martin, Leigh, Laws & Fritzlen, PC
Section President
Mike Jones
The Jones Law Firm, P.A.
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Section President
Justin Fowler
Horn Aylward & Bandy, LLC
Section President
Christine Blegen
Blegen Law Firm
Section President
Seema Chawla
Section President
Tamara Veit
McElligott, Ewan, Hall & Kimminau, PC
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Section President
Scott Wissel
Lewis, Rice & Fingersh
YLS President
Jesse Sendejas
City Prosecutor’s Office of Kansas City, MO
BLA Representative
Joshuah Peter
Missouri State Public Defender System
KCMBF Representative
Peter K. Hartweger
Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP
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Past Presidents’ Club
Gregory K. Bentz
Polsinelli PC
CLE Co-Chair
Jessica A. Crutchfield
McRoberts & Associates, P.C.
CLE Co-Chair
Leon Versfeld
Versfeld & Hugo, LLC
Membership Co-Chair
Kelly McCambridge
McCambridge Law LLC
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Membership Co-Chair
Michael J. Mohlman
Smith Mohlman LeRoy, LLC
ABA Delegate
Paul L. Wickens
Foland, Wickens, Eisfelder, Roper & Hofer, PC
Kansas Bar Liaison
Thomas A. Hamill
Martin, Pringle, Oliver, Wallace & Bauer, LLP
Missouri Bar Liaison
Dana Tippin Cutler
 James W. Tippin & Associates

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Bar Legal Advisor
Michael Williams
Williams Dirks Dameron LLC


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