Chapter Business

Chapter Business is focused on the operational initiatives central to the Chapter’s functions.

Chapter Awards & Scholarship Team

Each year, ALA recognizes chapters for outstanding achievements in a number of areas. The Chapter Awards Team is responsible for preparing the Chapter’s submissions. On an annual basis, the team reviews prior submissions and eligibility criteria established by ALA, works with the Chapter President to select areas in which the Chapter wishes to compete, and then works with leaders of the various teams to prepare submissions and supporting materials.

The team tracks criteria for the Chapter’s President’s Award of Excellence in the hopes of the Chapter continuing to be a recipient of this award. In addition, the team tracks the ALANYC members’ eligibility for the Chapter’s MBS Certificates and awards scholarships for ALA Conferences.

Team Leader:
Audrey M. Sarban 

Chapter Calendar Coordinator

The Chapter Calendar Coordinator works with all teams to ensure the chapter calendar reflects all ALANYC educational, networking and community service events. The calendar also includes dates for National events and at times from other Chapters when communicated.  

Team Leader:
Francine Lahm 

Membership, Mentoring & Engagement Team

This team is responsible for recruiting new members from law firms, corporate legal departments, academia, and government agencies and bar associations for both ALA National and ALANYC.

The team is driven to mentor our new members and engage our members by raising awareness of the value of Chapter membership. Our goal is for our members to have meaningful and ongoing involvement in Chapter-sponsored events, education programs and social networking opportunities and to build a pool of candidates for the Chapter’s leadership succession planning.

The team invites ALANYC members to join the team to assist in recruiting new members to join the ALA and the New York City Chapter, and support existing members in rediscovering the benefits of membership.

Team Leaders:

Bridget Hagan 

Viviana Llanos-Laut

Business Partner Relations Team

ALANYC offers a sponsorship program to provide Business Partners an opportunity to sustain the Chapter and its Professional Development goals through financial support, advertising and donating services. The Business Partner Relations Team works closely with Business Partners to select a means of support consistent with their needs and to provide appropriate recognition among our Members for the Business Partners’ contributions.

We encourage our Members to consider our Business Partner when making purchasing decisions. Many of our programs would not be possible without the financial support of our Business Partners.

The Team invites ALANYC Members to join the Team in its role as a liaison with the Business Partners in regard to sponsorship renewals, event participation, questions, understanding the sponsorship program and facilitating introductions to other Members.

Business Partner Advisory Council (BPAC) 

The products and services offered by our Business Partners are vital to our Member Firms’ operations. Business Partner  sponsorship enables our Chapter to fund and achieve its goals, which includes Professional Development  programs, retaining dynamic speakers for our signature events, e-communication ‘ALANYCis’, a website that facilitates both Member and Business Partner  communication, scholarships to ALA National Conferences, among other core Chapter objectives. The relationships we build with our Business Partners are important all our success and can genuinely improve the bottom-line of our Firms. 

The Chapter established the BPAC to further enhance our partnership with our Business Partners and so align the goals and needs of the Chapter and our Business Partners.  The BPAC acts a liaison where and when needed, between the Chapter and the Business Partners.

Team Leaders:

Robert A. Cohen

Viviana Llanos-Laut

Stacey Pellegrino 

Audrey M. Serban 

Social Media Team

The Social Media Team is focused on the overarching consistent messaging and branding of the Chapter, ensuring that our communications convey the ALANYC story.

The team is also focused on building the brand ALANYC by raising the Chapter’s visibility in the legal community and related industries through promotional campaigns of our Chapter events and accomplishments on primary social media platforms, driving conversions by increasing traffic to our website, and increasing our social media presence, to attract a wider demographic of members.

The team invites ALANYC members who are social media savvy to join the team. Members are also invited to contact the team leader with ideas and suggestions.

Team Leader:

Meredith Lonner 

Website & Governance Team

The team is committed to ensuring that the website stays current with the latest information about Chapter events, including educational sessions, CLM study sessions, luncheons, news, policies, and other resources that are of great value to our members. Furthermore, the website offers discussion forums for members and business partners, as well as archives of our Chapter and diversity newsletters, boilerplate forms, and other tools. Therefore, the website continues to serve as an essential and ever-growing platform for member communication.

Team Leader:
Douglas Gibson 

Nominating Team

The Immediate Past President of the Chapter leads this team and is charged with the responsibility of identifying qualified candidates to run for the Board of Directors. The team is comprised of at least two other past presidents and Chapter members at large who reach out to the membership to solicit nominations and oversee the election process.

Team Leader:
Tina Carter