Meet The Board
WIN Board 2020
Erin K. Barta joined Mannatech, Incorporated November 2006 and was named General Counsel in August 2013. Prior to joining Mannatech, Ms. Barta served as Corporate Counsel and later Senior Corporate Counsel from November 2001 to November 2006 for Metromedia Restaurant Group, a subsidiary of Metromedia Company. She received her Juris Doctor from Texas Wesleyan University where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Wesleyan Law Review.
Katie Bennett is the Vice President – General Counsel for Premier Trailer Leasing, Inc., one of the largest trailer rental and leasing companies in the nation, with operations stretching coast-to-coast. At Premier, she oversees all strategic legal initiatives for the company. Prior to joining Premier, she practiced law at several full-service and boutique law firms in California and Texas, including: Quinn Emanuel, Jones Day, Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox, and Loewinsohn Flegle Deary Simon, LLP. While in private practice, she advised Fortune 500 companies, privately owned businesses and prominent individuals on a wide range of corporate legal issues. Katie also serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas General Counsel Forum, a community of more than 700 general counsel and senior managing counsel representing over 450 companies across the State of Texas. She earned her law degree from Columbia University School of Law and her Bachelor of Music from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Jennifer is the Chief Litigation Counsel for Lennox International Inc., managing a broad range of domestic and international litigation matters. Jennifer also supports Lennox’s trade compliance department to ensure compliance with import and export laws and regulations. Before joining Lennox, Jennifer was a litigation associate in the Dallas office of Jones Day. She was also a law clerk to Judge Robert B. Maloney in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division. She received her law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1998.
Monica Brown is the Assistant General Counsel for Worldwide Refrigeration, a division of Lennox International Inc., a global leader in the heating, air conditioning and refrigeration markets. In this role, she serves as lead counsel for the company’s refrigeration business in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In addition, Monica oversees the Corporate Real Estate division at Lennox International. Before joining Lennox in 2012, Monica practiced in the area of complex commercial litigation at Jones Day for almost 13 years. Monica earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Howard University in Washington, DC and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law.
Elaine Brzezinski is a lawyer with a broad range of experience, from major
law firm to multinational corporations in technology, retail and hospitality. She currently serves as the International Employment and Compliance Counsel for NTT DATA Services, with responsibilities in 44 countries
outside the United States. In addition to her international employment law
responsibilities, she is involved with information security and privacy matters. Before joining NTT DATA Services, Elaine served on the legal teams at Samsung, Nokia and Dave & Buster’s, ensuring global compliance with a
focus on employment law. A frequent speaker on labor & employment law and compliance matters,
Elaine received her JD from the University of Virginia School of Law and a
B.S. in economics and math, magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University.
Merrie Cavanaugh is the new Outreach Attorney for Texas Lawyers for Children. Prior to working with this Not For Profit that helps abused children, Merrie was VP & and Associate General Counsel for AT&T. During her 20+ years at AT&T, she held a variety of leadership positions through numerous mergers and acquisitions as the company transformed from a regional wireline company to the world's largest telecommunications company.
Megan Donovan is Deputy General Counsel of the Dental Platform of Danaher Corporation, which provides dental equipment and consumables to dentists, orthodontists and other dental professionals around the world. Prior to joining the Dental Platform, Megan served as General Counsel to Danaher’s Communications Platform and held various legal leadership positions at NetScout Systems, Alcatel-Lucent and Genesys Telecommunications. Megan earned a J.D. from Duke University School of Law and a B.S. from Texas A&M University. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Dallas Chapter of the Texas General Counsel Forum and is an active volunteer in various other legal and community organizations.
Stephanie Garcia is Principal and Chief Legal Officer of Corgan Associates, Inc., an architectural and interior design firm headquartered in Dallas. Prior to joining Corgan in December 2010, she served as General Counsel for SHW Group. Mrs. Garcia was in private practice as a litigator from 1990-2004 and primarily concentrated her practice in the representation of design professionals.
Elizabeth K. Giddens
Elizabeth Giddens is Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Nationstar Mortgage, a Fortune 1000 company headquartered in Dallas that provides servicing, origination and transaction based services principally related to single-family residences throughout the United States. Prior to Nationstar, she served in various in-house positions for Quicksilver Resources from 2005 to 2012 and worked in private practice from 1998 to 2005. Ms. Giddens earned her J.D. with honors from the University of Oklahoma and her M.B.A. from the University of Tulsa and is a member of the State Bars of Texas and Oklahoma.
Jane Mallor McBride. legal marketing and career expert, is a Principal and General Counsel of Optimus Legal Management and Consulting. Optimus provides innovative one-on-one and group coaching and strategic consulting and staffing services to the legal community. Jane is a founding member of Women's In House Network, a past Chair of the Corporate Counsel Section of the Texas State Bar, and a Past President of the DFW Chapter of ACC. Jane received her JD from NYU School of Law, and is a member of the State Bars of Texas, California and NY. She is a frequent speaker and has been published in several legal publications.
Catherine Paulson has almost 20 years in the legal field in a variety of businesses, from heating and air conditioning to paper towels to luxury movie theaters. She has a proven track record of success in holding multiple leadership positions. She started her career in environmental compliance before going to law school at SMU. Since then, she has held multiple roles with increasing responsibility up to her current role as General Counsel for Cinepolis USA, the US division of Cinepolis – the second largest movie theater chain in the world. As the first GC for Cinepolis USA, Catherine has been instrumental in establishing key partnerships with her colleagues, both in the US and around the world. Catherine is passionate about compliance, engagement and diversity. Building a culture of compliance is one of her top priorities within her organization. Catherine’s diverse experience includes securities, corporate governance, ethics & compliance, M&A, real estate, procurement and advertising. When she is not working, Catherine enjoys spending time with her dachshund, training for and racing triathlons and traveling.
Telisa Webb Schelin
Telisa Webb Schelin is the Senior Vice President - Legal, General Counsel and Secretary of TIER REIT, Inc., a Dallas based real estate investment trust focused on owning and operating commercial office real estate located in dynamic markets throughout the U.S. Telisa is responsible for all legal aspects of the company.Telisa was the 2010–2011 chairperson for Attorneys Serving the Community, a volunteer organization of over 300 Dallas/Fort Worth women attorneys that provide fundraising support for local nonprofit organizations. She also serves as the chair of the board of directors of AVANCE-Dallas, Inc., a community-based, nonprofit organization.
Sherri Tillman is General Counsel for TDIndustries, Inc., a premier mechanical construction and facilities service company. Sheri is involved in a number of professional associations including the ABA Construction Law Forum and the American Subcontractors Association, North Texas Chapter. Sheri received her law degree from Texas A & M University School of Law and her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Southern Methodist University.