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NOVA Committees

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is composed of NOVA's officers: the President, Vice President, Secretary, and the Treasurer.

President: Virginia Girard-Brady
Vice President: Christine Clemens
Secretary: Amy Kretkowski
Treasurer: John Tucker


Amicus and Litigation Committee

The Amicus and Litigation Committee works to ensure that NOVA is supportive of litigation efforts that benefit the veteran community and its representatives. The Committee exists to aid in supplying amicus briefs to United States courts and in undertaking worthy litigation to support our country’s veterans and their advocates.

Chair: Tom Polseno
Deanne Bonner Simpson
Javier Centonzio
Julie Glover
Jon Heiden

Travis James West
John Niles
Amy Odom


Congressional Testimony Committee

The Congressional Testimony Committee's duty is to review Congressional testimony drafted by the Executive Director or any other individual, prior to its submission to the Board, in accordance with NOVA by-laws.

Chair: Amy Kretkowski
Jennifer Byrd
Kenneth M. Carpenter
Chanel Davenport
Chelsea Donaldson
Timothy Franklin
Bradley Hennings
Jason Johns
Felicia Mullaney
Sally Stenton


Ethics Committee

This committee advises the Board on issues related to the ethical practice of VA law. It also investigates cases of alleged ethical violations by members and reports its findings and/or recommendations to the Board.

Chair: Winona Zimberlin
Chris Attig
Sara Huerter
Tommy Klepper, Jr.
James Pavisian

Melinda Willi


Regulation Comment Committee

The Regulation Comment Committee bears the responsibility for analyzing proposed rules, drafting comments, and discussing them with VA. The Committee helps ensure that those rules align with authorizing statutes and the Constitution, and in this way, NOVA represents its members and advocates for veterans.

Chair: Christine Clemens
Chris Boudi
Kristina Derro
Kent Eiler
Art Gage

Leslie Gaines
Michael Hoffman
Adam Luck

Rick Rousseau
John Unruh


Seminar Committee

The Seminar Committee's primary responsibility is to plan NOVA's Spring and Fall Conferences. This committee schedules speakers, chooses sites, updates the education program, and organizes special events for our members, with the assistance of NOVA staff.

Co-Chair: Zachary Stolz
Co-Chair: Glenda Herl
Donnel Beckles
Brett Buchanan

Alexandra Curran
Matt Hill
Bob Goss
John Tucker
Michelle Wolf


Social Committee

The Social Committee's primary responsibility is to promote social interaction and networking opportunities among NOVA Members.

Chair: Niva Elgin
Erika Dowd
Sara Huerter

Claire Hillan Sosa
Sally Stenton
Michelle Wolf


Webinar Committee

The Webinar Committee's primary responsibility is to plan NOVA's webinars.

Chair: Art Gage
Christie Bhageloe

Rebecca Deming
Judy Donegan

Erika Dowd
Andrew Gross
Tamesha Larbi


Mentorship Committee

Co-Chair: John Tucker
Co-Chair: Amy Kretkowski