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Board of Counselors

The Board of Counselors is comprised of alumni and non-alumni representatives invited by the Dean to serve as advisers on policy matters. It is a diverse group, representing the broad reach of the Law School: solo practitioners, law firms, corporations, and government and public interest law settings.

Established in 1998, the Board was convened to assist in the development of a strategic plan for Capital University Law School, and once developed, to monitor its implementation. Additionally, the Board provides continuous, independent input from important constituencies, reflecting on such matters as the caliber of graduates, the academic program, and faculty and administration relations with the larger community, among other issues.

The mission of the Law School's Board of Counselors is to serve the school as a connection to the community, as a trusted adviser to the dean, and as an enthusiastic advocate for the school, its students and its worthiness for support.


  • Stephen C. Newman, L’90, Federal Public Defender Northern District of Ohio


  • Thomas J. Bonasera, L'75, Dinsmore
  • Deborah S. Butera, L’94, Global Infrastructure Solutions Inc.    
  • Kendra Carpenter, L’01, Carpenter Family Law
  • Darren Collier, L’94, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies    
  • Nicole M. Donovsky, L'00, Bricker & Eckler
  • Lindsay L. Ford Ellis, L’07, OhioHealth Corporation
  • Andrew S. Grossman, L’96, Grossman Law Offices
  • Linda Hines, L’03 & PL’97, Retired, MedFlight
  • Justin Hunt, L’09, Grow Ohio, LLC
  • Kendall Isaac, Esq., L’05, Clark University
  • The Honorable Terri Jamison, L’04, 10th District Court of Appeals
  • Eric R. Keller, L’95, Paul Hastings, LLP
  • Zachary M. Klein, L'04, Columbus City Attorney
  • Manoj Kumar, L’05, Aspirations Partners
  • LeeAnn Massucci, L'02, Massucci Law Group LLC
  • Darren A. McNair, L'02, Lardiere McNair LLC
  • Mitch Melfi, L’84, CommonSpirit Health
  • E. Kelly Mihocik, L'04, Ohio Department of Insurance
  • Emmanuel Olawale, L’05, Olawale Law Firm, LLC
  • Leah A. Rinfret, L’07, Nike, Inc.
  • Jill Snitcher, L'99, Columbus Bar Association
  • Kenneth R. Thompson, C'82, RELX Group

Immediate Past Chairperson

  • Frank W. Carsonie, L'92, Benesch


  • Reynaldo A. Valenica, Dean and Professor of Law
  • Shawn M. Beem, L’02, Assistant Dean for Professional Development
  • Shawn Cleveland, Director of Regional Development