Alumni Council

The Northern Illinois University College of Law Alumni Council is comprised of alumni interested in maintaining a strong connection between the College of Law and its alumni. Members serve two-year terms. The council meets three times per year. Anyone interested in serving on the Alumni Council may contact Melody Mitchell, director of alumni events and public relations, at

Current Alumni Council Members

Melinda Rosales-Byerly '03, President
Assistant Public Defender, Office of Cook County Public Defender
Rolling Meadows, IL

Lawrence A. Stein ’93, First Vice President
Partner, Aronberg Goldgehn Davis and Garmisa
Chicago, IL 60611

Omar Salguero ’12, Second Vice President
Attorney, Latino Immigration and Legal Center, PC
Aurora, IL

Laura Alms ’12, Secretary
Associate, The Law Office of Kevin M. Lyons
Downers Grove, IL

Brent R. Eames ’09, Immediate Past President
Partner, Whiteside and Goldberg
Chicago, IL

Nick Atwood ’16
Illinois Appellate Prosecutor's Office, 3rd District
Ottawa, IL

Brandon Ayers ’11
Attorney, Law ElderLaw
Aurora, IL

Katie Haskins Becker ’11
Haskins Becker, P.C.
Wheaton, IL.

Karen Blouin ‘06
Senior Attorney, U.S. Department of Energy
Lemont, IL

Blake Cosentino ’03
Cosentino Law Firm
DeKalb, IL

Diane Elliott ‘05
Law Office of Diane E. Elliott
DeKalb, IL

Robert W. Fioretti ’78
Wolin and Rosen, Ltd.
Chicago, IL

Natalie Hammer ‘97
Judicial Law Clerk, Third District Illinois Appellate Court
Diamond, IL

Rene’ Hernandez ’90
Law Offices of Rene Hernandez, P.C.
Rockford, IL.

Rachel Hernandez Hoag ’05
Hernandez Hoag Legal Solutions
Geneva, IL

Kenya Jenkins-Wright ’03
General Council, Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission
Chicago, IL

Ryan Lipinski ’04
Cook County Health and Hospitals System
Chicago, IL

Andrew Lothson ’08
Partner, Swanson, Martin and Bell, LLP
Chicago, IL

John Maher ‘96
Maher Legal Services
St. Charles, IL

Kate G. McCabe ’01
Judicial Law Clerk, Illinois Appellate Court
Diamond, IL

Elsa Miller ‘91
Retired, NIU Law Legal Writing Instructor

William Obuchowski ‘13
Chicago, IL

Tony Parker ‘13
Patton and Ryan, LLC
Chicago, IL

Matt Pfeiffer ’00
Pfeiffer Law Offices, P.C.
Wheaton, IL

Margie Komes Putzler ‘15
Attorney, Turner Law Offices
Sycamore, IL

Nick Valadez ’89
Law Offices of Nick Valadez
Oak Forest, IL

Heather Wier Vaught ‘05
Chief Legal Counsel to Illinois Speaker of the House
Springfield, IL

Jay Wiegman ’92
Office of State Appellate Defender, Third District
Ottawa, IL

Karen Wilkerson ’97
Supervisory Regional Counsel, Department of Children and Family Services
Woodstock, IL