Meet the MSBA Team
MSBA staff are committed to helping you make the most of your membership. We have years of collective experience working for and assisting Maryland’s legal community. If you have any questions about MSBA membership, including benefits, events, or other services, please feel free to contact us.
Victor Velazquez is the Executive Director of the MSBA. He leads staff and manages the day to day operations of the MSBA, in addition to representing its interests and meeting with members and other attorneys across the state.
Prior to joining the MSBA, Mr. Velazquez was the Chief Operating Officer of the D.C. Bar.
Michelle is the Business Initiatives Coordinator. She is tasked with tracking progress, sustaining deadlines, developing schedules and milestones, and maintaining general oversight of internal projects. Her overarching goal and responsibility is to ensure that projects are moving and progress is being made on a consistent basis.
Michelle is a recent graduate of Drexel University with a B.S. degree in History. While at Drexel, Michelle co-founded a National co-ed Service Fraternity on campus. In addition, she served as President, Secretary, and Treasurer, which gave her experience in running a developing association of students. Michelle also completed various internships and seminars while obtaining her degree, which provided her valuable professional and scholarly maturity.
Theresa is the Executive Assistant and Governance Administrator. Her responsibilities include providing administrative support to the Executive Director, Board of Governors, Executive Committee as well as other various committees.
Theresa has over 30 years experience working at the MSBA. Her previous role was Meeting Coordinator where she worked closely with the Sections and Committees scheduling meetings and programs.
Jen Dameron is the Senior Manager of Member Services. Jen is responsible for the direct delivery of service with primary focus on process improvement, achieving “next level” performance, and service excellence. She leads the team to ensure all services are provided to MSBA members, with the highest level of quality and professionalism.
Prior to joining the MSBA, Jen garnered 25 years of experience as a leader in the telecommunications industry, fostering a service-oriented environment with an emphasis on quality, accountability, innovation, and teamwork.
Angela Munro is the Section & Committee Administrator, where she serves as the liason for programs, events, budgets.
Angela graduated from the University of Baltimore with a BS in Criminal Justice Degree, and she also has a paralegal degree from Harford Community College. Angela has been with the MSBA for over 10 years.
Bernadette Simmons is the Member Service Specialist. She is the lead for member service inquiries related to dues, web, profile updates, and general inquiries related to the MSBA.
Bernadette graduated from Baltimore City Community College with a AA in General Studies. She has served the MSBA and its members for 30 years.
Autumn Smith is the Member Service Specialist. She assists members with renewing memberships, provides information about MSBA and member benefits, and ensures account information is up to date.
Autumn graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a BS in Financial Economics. She has a background in mathematics and is pursuing further education in Finance and Accounting.
CLE – Learning & Publications
Andrea C. Terry, Esq. is the Director of Learning and Publications. She oversees the MSBA’s CLE programming and publications.
Joanne Daniels is the Associate Director of Learning and Publications and directs the CLE publications department. Joanne is responsible for content and strategic planning, budgeting, marketing, and member and customer CLE publications and resource assistance. Joanne oversees the development and production of MSBA CLE print and online resources, and works closely with MSBA’s Publications Committee, contributing authors, MSBA’s publications attorney and legal editorial attorneys to draft, edit, and update MSBA CLE publications from project initiation to publication.
Before joining the MSBA, Joanne worked as Publications Director for the Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of lawyers, Inc. (MICPEL) (1990-2010) and has over 27 years of legal publications planning and production experience. Prior to working in CLE, Joanne gained extensive administrative management and production experience working for a facilities management and government contracting firm.
Daria Zane is the Publications Attorney in the Learning and Publications Department. She is responsible for producing, updating and editing publications. Working with authors and contributors, she researches and analyzes legal authorities, drafts and edits portions of publications and reviews and prepares them for publication. She also works to develop and produce new publications for the legal profession.
Before joining the MSBA, Daria practiced law for over 20 years, handling civil and criminal litigation, handling cases on a wide range of subjects. She served as a Special Master on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, hearing and deciding vaccine injury cases. She also worked as an Assistant United States Attorney handling civil, environmental and criminal cases. Daria graduated from George Washington Law School with honors where she was on the Moot Court
Board. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law and has developed and taught various CLE courses. She is admitted to the Maryland, District of Columbia, and Florida bars.
Criselle Anderson is the Educational Program Assistant for the Learning and Publications Department. She is responsible for the coordination and facilitation of the continuing legal education programs as well as reporting and maintaining compliance with MCLE (Mandatory Continuing Legal Education) surrounding states.
Before joining the MSBA, Criselle worked as a paralegal at a firm specializing in Elder Law, Estates and Trusts. She has previous experience with compliance and reporting to the AIA (American Institute of Architects) for continuing education. She has a background in the fine arts and graphic design.
Dean Hunter is the Legal Editor in the Learning and Publications department. He is responsible for inputting authors’ content into their respective chapters, proofreading and editing publications, and checking the legal authorities cited within MSBA’s publications.
Dean Hunter graduated from Saint Louis University School of Law and has passed the Missouri and Maryland bar exams. While in law school, he was the Spring managing editor of the Public Law Review, participated in the Community and Economic Development Clinic, and spent a semester as a clerk at the Missouri Court of Appeals.
Nathan Levin is the CLE Operations Assistant, working closely and involved with all CLE programs and publications. For programs, he is responsible for captuing video and audio, live streaming events during seminars, and coordinating the production and upload of video for OnDemand viewing. For CLE publications, his responsibilites include recording all sales, and uploading orders for processing. He also fields customer service calls for publication inquiries and order status information.
Patrick Tandy is Director of Content & Delivery. He oversees production and distribution of MSBA’s mainstay publications, including the Maryland Bar Journal, the Bar Bulletin, the MSBA Weekly, the Maryland Lawyers’ Manual, and the MSBA Annual Report. He also works closely with other departments, MSBA’s Sections and Committees, and other law-related entities to orchestrate news and event coverage (photo, video, and written) for the Bar Bulletin, the MSBA website, and the Association’s numerous social media channels.
Patrick has served MSBA in various capacities since joining the staff in October 2000 as Assistant Editor of the Maryland Lawyers’ Manual. He holds a B.A. in Communications, with a focus in Journalism, from Stockton University (NJ). Patrick is also an active member of the Communications Section of the National Association of Bar Executives.
Bill Hall is the Videographer for the MSBA communications department. He works with MSBA members and staff to find engaging stories to tell from across the association. Bill is responsible for all stages of video production from concept creation to the final product. You can find Bill’s work and learn more about the MSBA by visiting our YouTube page.
Bill has worked in video production for over a decade. Bill has produced videos for The Hershey Company, General Motors, T-Rowe Price, LPL Finical and the U.S. Army. Bill graduated Magna Cum Laude from Shippensburg University where he took a double major in Broadcast Journalism and Psychology. Bill is a Veteran of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. In 2008 he was deployed to the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt to support the Multinational Forces and Observers. While there he served in public affairs and worked with soldiers from 13 different nations. During his time in the Army Bill graduated with Honors from Basic Training at Ft. Knox and his Advanced Individual training at Aberdeen Proving Grounds.
Events & Meetings
Wanda A. Calvin Claiborne is the Director of Conferences & Events. She is responsible for planning the Mid-Year Meeting, Annual Meeting (Legal Summit), Board of Governors Meetings and Conference of Bar Presidents. Wanda is also the Staff Liaison to the Local & Specialty Bar Committee, Program Committee, Leadership Academy Comittee, and Professionalism Committee.
Wanda graduated from Morgan State University with a BA in Communications. She received her CMP (Certified Meetings Professional) designation and has over 30 years experience as a Conference/Event Planner.
Lawyer Assistance Program
Jim Quinn is the Director of the Lawyer Assistance Program. He is responsible for the overall administration and management of the program.
Before joining the MSBA, Jim spent 25 years managing a nationwide-Employee Assistance Proram servicing over 100,000 employees. He recruited, trained, and supervised the clinical staff, designed and conducted training for hundreds of employees, and developed policies and procedures for meeting the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988. He also negotiated corporate contracts with companies and state governments and provided employees in crisis with assessment, evaluation, referral and follow-up counseling. Jim graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Masters Degree in Applied Behavior Sciences. He is a certified addiction counselor and problem gambler counselor.
Lisa Caplan, LCSW-C, is the Counselor for the Lawyer Assistance Program. She is responsible for providing assessment, referral and short term counseling for lawyers, judges, law school students and their families for personal concerns such as stress, mental health, substance abuse, and overall wellness concerns. As part of her role, Lisa provides outreach and trainings, on a variety of wellness topics, for the legal community as well as writes the monthly Wellness Tip Sheets.
Lisa, graduated from the UMAB School of Social Work with an MSW and a Specialization in Employee Assistance Programs. She is a Licensed Certified Social Worker at the Clinical Level (LCSW-C). She is trained in assessment, referral and counseling, as well as trauma interventions. Lisa has over 20 years experience in her field, and extensive experience working with lawyers and judges in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, and trauma, as well as managing an employee assistance program for the federal courts in six states.
Richard Montgomery is the Director of Legislative & Governmental Relations. In that capacity he serves as adviser and staffer to the Committee on Laws and staffer to the MSBA Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure. He reviews all legislation introduced before the Maryland General Assembly, and refers bills to the appropriate MSBA Sections and Committees. He interacts with members of the State legislature in conveying MSBA positions on bills, as approved by the Board of Governors, or the Executive Committee. Additionally, he is the principal MSBA point of contact on federal legislative and regulatory matters.
Richard has served as MSBA Director of Legislative & Governmental Relations since 2003. Prior to joining the MSBA, he served as Deputy Legislative Officer to 2 governors of Maryland, and prior to that, as Legislative Director for 2 State agencies. All told, Richard has nearly 30 years of experience in legislative analysis, advocacy, and drafting, dating back to 1989.
Parker is the Legislative Assistant in MSBA’s legislative office. He assists Richard Montgomery in staffing MSBA Committee on Laws and his advocacy work in the state capital. Additionally, he helps manage the MSBA’s legislative office in Annapolis.
Parker joined the MSBA team in January at the start of the Maryland General Assembly’s 2018 legislative session. Before joining the MSBA, he was worked in records management for DLA Law firm and intern for state senator Guy Guzzone of Howard County. He has also worked for the Hudson Institute as a Research Intern. He currently holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies, with a specialty in International Relations and Comparative Government from McDaniel College. Additionally, he has two AA degrees in Political Science and International Studies respectively.
Maryland Access to Justice Commission
A long-time advocate of social justice and social change, Reena is the Executive Director of the Maryland Access to Justice Commission, where she is charged with building a strong and sustainable future for the renewed Commission and implementing programs that increase access and quality of justice for all Marylanders. Prior to this, she was a Staff Attorney in the Housing and Consumer Law Unit and then, the first Director of the Human Rights Project at Maryland Legal Aid. She went to law school after a few years in public policy and international development, during which period she worked on Capitol Hill for U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), in a local Kenyan non-governmental organization, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal.
Reena earned a B.A. from The George Washington University; a M.P.A. from Princeton University; and a J.D. from University of Maryland Carey Law School. Reena has been active in the community, having served on the boards of the Women’s Law Center of Maryland and Maryland Carey Law School and has been recognized at Maryland Legal Aid for her service to her clients and by the Daily Record as a Leading Woman. Reena is married with three children and revels in traveling and embraces new adventures.
Profession & Practice Management
Anna Sholl is the Director of Profession and Practice Advancement, and is responsible for researching and developing tools and resources for all sectors of the legal profession. As part of her role, Anna serves as liaison to the Solo/Small Firm Practice Section, and assists in the creation of educational programming for this sector of the legal profession.
Anna graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law, summa cum laude, and is an attorney admitted to practice in Maryland. As an attorney, Anna has experience in both small and large firms, and her practice included general/commercial litigation and family law. While in law school, Anna participated in the Community Development Clinic as a Rule 16 attorney advising clients on issues related to the development of tax exempt organizations and cooperatives.