MEET THE BOARD

2021-2022

EXECUTIVE BOARD

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KAILEE GOOLD

President

Kailee Goold is an in-house litigation attorney at Cardinal Health (a Fortune 20 company) where she manages litigation and government investigations including pharmaceutical and medical device product liability, class actions, false claims, insurance as well as other complex commercial disputes.

Kailee is known for her workshops that drive innovation, authenticity and effective communication. She works with industry groups and law firms to advance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Kailee is co-founder of the leadership development firm Mauna Kea, LLC (@maunakeallc).

Kailee is actively engaged on social media (@kaileegoold) and in the community. In addition to her work with WLFC, Kailee has served as Secretary on the Board of Community for New Direction (@CNDonline) for nearly a decade.

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CELIA SCHNUPP

President-Elect

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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BRIDJETTE HAIRSTON

Secretary

Bridjette Hairston is an Associate Assistant Attorney General at the Ohio Attorney General’s Office where she specializes in research, writing, and government advising in a variety of legal practice areas. She is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law and earned her J.D. with a concentration in Litigation/Alternative Dispute Resolution.  In addition, she is licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio and is admitted in The United States District Courts for Southern Districts of Ohio. 

 

Bridjette is well known for her active involvement in the local community, passion for mentorship initiatives, service as the Co-Chair of the CBA Minorities in the Law Committee, and volunteerism as a Columbus Public Schools Girls Basketball Team Mentor. 

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ALEXIS PRESKAR

Treasurer

Alexis Preskar is Attorney Services Counsel at the Supreme Court of Ohio.  She previously worked as a business litigator at a mid-size firm, where she participated in trials, successfully argued motions, and handled complex partnership disputes.  She also serves as the Chair of the Government Agencies Committee for the Columbus Bar Association.  

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GINA PIACENTINO

Trustee 

Gina M. Piacentino is the Owner & Founding Member of The Piacentino Law Group. She brings to the firm an extensive knowledge of legal practice and experience. 

 

Gina M. Piacentino graduated from Miami University, cum laude and graduated from the University of Akron School of Law. While in law school, Gina worked for the City of Canton Prosecutor’s office in Canton, Ohio and for two boutique law firms in Akron, Ohio. She focused on representing small to mid-sized privately held companies, in facilitating real estate transactions, and in general business issues. Immediately upon graduation from law school, Gina assumed the management of the Piacentino & Piacentino Law firm. Established in Marion, Ohio, for more than 70 years, the prestigious firm specialized in litigation. She bridged between civil matters as well as overseeing all business and marketing decisions. Gina was then charged with creating and establishing the Columbus office of O’Connor Acciani & Levy. At the time, the Cincinnati based partnership had no presence in Central Ohio. Within three years her leadership and skill grew the office so that the practice quickly became a very reputable firm in Columbus. Gina specialized in personal injury litigation. 

 

Gina currently practices in the areas of personal injury, probate, contract disputes and other civil ligation matters. She remains active in the Columbus area community and serves on several boards and committees. She has presented in several venues, speaking by invitation on a wide array of topics including subrogation, regulatory practices, ethics, client management, and business ownership. She is the immediate past-president of the Women Lawyers of Franklin County.

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RACHEL SABO

Trustee

Rachel Sabo is a founding member of The Friedmann Firm LLC, a plaintiff's employment litigation law firm with offices in Columbus and Cleveland. She graduated from Capital University Law School and was a member of the Mock Trial Team and the Fall National Moot Court team, awarded the Best Oralist award during the Capital University Moot Court Honor Round. Rachel is licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio and is admitted in The United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio. 

Rachel is a member of the following organizations and bar associations: Columbus Bar Association, Ohio Employment Lawyers Association, Central Ohio Association for Justice, Women Lawyers of Franklin County, The Junior League of Columbus, The Ohio State Bar Association and is a current Ohio State Bar Foundation Fellow. 

2021-2022 Committee Chairs

Membership - Sara Valentine

Public Relations - Dinu O'Reilly

Social Media - Adelia Mohan

Law School Co-Chair - Kimberly Despas

Law School Co-Chair - Nita Garg

Governance - Michelle H. Wong-Halabi

Judicial Campaign - Jhay Spottswood

Diversity Co-Chair - Hannah Botkin-Doty

Diversity Co-Chair - Liz Mote

Dining Circle - Sunni DiNicola

Events - Kelli Jo Amador

Pro Bono - Casey Rieth

Website/Technology - Ashley Watson