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MEET THE BOARD

2023-2024

EXECUTIVE BOARD

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ALEXIS PRESKAR

President

Alexis V. Preskar is a Judicial Attorney at the Supreme Court of Ohio.  She previously worked in the Attorney Services Division, and before her time in the government, she was a business litigator at a mid-size firm, where she participated in trials, successfully argued motions, and handled complex partnership disputes.  She has served in various roles of WLFC since 2017 and was the co-chair of the Young Lawyers Committee and chair of the Government Agencies Committee for the Columbus Bar Association.  

 

She majored in journalism at Ohio State University, and graduated summa cum laude from Capital University Law School. Originally from the Hocking Hills area of Ohio, Alexis currently lives in Clintonville with her boyfriend and their assorted rescue animals.  

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BRIDJETTE HAIRSTON

President - Elect

Bridjette Hairston currently serves as Staff Attorney to the Honorable Stephen L. McIntosh at the Franklin County Common Pleas Court where she manages the civil docket of 300+ cases on a regular basis. Prior to the Court, Bridjette held legal positions at the Ohio Attorney General's Office, Franklin County JFS, the Legal Aid Society of Columbus, and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. 

Bridjette is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law and earned her J.D. with a concentration in Litigation/Alternative Dispute Resolution.  She is licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio and is admitted in The United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

Bridjette is actively involved in her local community, passionate about mentorship, and engaged in Diversity & Inclusion initiatives. 

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Sara Valentine

Secretary & Treasurer

Sara Valentine, a native of Zanesville, Ohio, is a Principal Member at Sitterley, Vandervoort & Nixon, Ltd. She focuses her legal practice in numerous areas as both plaintiff and defense counsel, including property disputes, consumer sales violations, fraud, construction litigation, trade secrets and non-competition litigation, medical malpractice, insurance litigation, personal injury, product liability, and complex litigation.

 

Sara received her B.A. from The Ohio State University while working for numerous local elected officials. She earned her J.D. from Capital University Law School by completing the evening program, working as a full-time employee during the day, and attending Capital University Law School classes during the evening hours. In addition, Sara worked as the Legal Research & Writing Teaching Assistant during each year of law school. She was a Capital University Law School Mock Trial team member and the Capital University Law Review.

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CELIA SCHNUPP

Trustee 

Celia Schnupp is an Attorney with Perez & Morris.  In that role, she serves as a strategic legal partner for large corporations, small businesses, medical practices and individuals.  Celia effectively manages her clients’ litigation, compliance, employment and general business needs. As an advocate for her clients in a variety of settings, she delivers creative and effective solutions, while balancing business needs with each client’s definition of a successful outcome. Celia is an experienced trial and appellate attorney, trying cases at all levels of state and federal courts. Her background includes complex business litigation, employment defense, including the defense of discrimination claims, healthcare fraud and billing compliance, HIPAA, trade secret/non-compete disputes, and contract disputes involving fraud, misrepresentation and bad faith.  With more than a decade of experience, her confident demeanor in court was developed from her experience as a staff attorney to the Honorable Richard A. Frye in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, working on the specialized Commercial Docket.  Prior to joining Perez Morris, Celia was an attorney with the Columbus office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister.

 

In addition to spending time with her children and large extended family, Celia enjoys “passing the torch” by helping girls and women develop their interests and create a foundation for a successful career.  Beyond serving as Treasurer for the Women Lawyers of Franklin County, she also is the President of the Board of The Ohio State University Dance Team Alumni Society, Board Secretary for her homeowner’s association, and is actively involved in pro bono services with the Legal Aid Society of Columbus. She received her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and earned her J.D. from Capital University School of Law.

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STEPHANIE HANNA

Trustee

Stephanie Hanna is a Staff Attorney at the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas; Owner of The Other 85, a business dedicated to helping attorneys take the work out of networking; and co-hosts the Capture Your Confidence Podcast.  She is passionate about re-entry, meeting people where they are, and working to make our community a better place.  She is married, has two step-kids, two kids, and a dog named Bugsy.

2023 - 2024 Committee Chairs

Membership - Nita Garg

Law School Chair - Brandi Staley-Sladek

Events - Liz Mote

Social Media/Website - Erica Arras

Community Relations - Chuqing Huang

Diversity - Nihal Olgun Cevik

Dining Circle - Casey Rieth

Law School Liasons: Beth Sager & Megan Schmitz

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