Officers
ALA Independence 2019 Officers

Joanne DiFrancesco

President

Joanne DiFrancesco has been a member of the ALA since 2003. She has served on the Community Service committee and is a current member of the Education Committee. Joanne loves live music and travel, but her passion is cooking and entertaining. She lives in Glenmoore with Joe, her husband of 34 years, and their youngest son, Joey.

Riley Riper Hollin and Colagreco

Joanne DiFrancesco

Kate MacArdle

President-Elect

Kate MacArdle has been a member of the ALA since 2016 and serves on the Newsletter and Social Media Committee. Kate loves gardening, reading, and spending time with her family. She lives in Berwyn, PA with her husband, son, and their dog, Jackson.

Ballard Spahr

Kate MacArdle

Megan Marnie

1st Vice President

Megan Marnie is the Philadelphia Office Administrator for Cipriani & Werner, a 180-lawyer firm, based in Pittsburgh. She provides full support for the office’s attorneys as they work to provide excellent service to their clients, and she is responsible for the growth of the staff and their professional development. Megan has worked in Legal Support Services throughout her career. She has been part of the ALA since 2007, she is the Independence Chapter’s Chair of our DEIA Committee and Co-Chair of the Business Partner Committee. When not at Cipriani & Werner or at an ALA event, Megan can be found on the beach or in the company of her many nieces and nephews at their various sporting events.

Cipriani & Werner, PC

Megan Marnie

Emily Bushnell

2nd Vice President

Emily Bushnell

High Swartz, LLP

Executive Director
Emily Bushnell

Lisa Blair

Secretary

Lisa Blair is the Eastern Region Office Manager for Burns White LLC and has been with the firm since they opened their first Philadelphia region office in 2004. The firm is headquartered in Pittsburgh. Lisa has been a member of ALA since 2014 and has served on the Legal Expo Committee. She lives in Eagleville, PA with her husband, Mike and daughter, Emily.

Burns White LLC

Eastern Region Office Manager
Lisa Blair

Melissa P. Hauser

Treasurer

Melissa is the Executive Director at Antheil, Maslow & MacMinn, LLP.

Antheil, Maslow & MacMinn, LLP

Executive Director
Melissa P. Hauser

Sandra B. Caiazzo

Past President

Sandy Caiazzo is Director of Administrative Services for Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. Sandy is a 42-year veteran of the firm, having joined as a legal secretary in 1980. She subsequently was promoted to manage a number of the firm’s regional offices, with her home office located in King of Prussia. In 2010, she took on the additional role of Lateral Integration Coordinator, overseeing the onboarding and induction of lateral attorneys into the firm. Sandy has been an active ALA member since 2009 and has attended many of the ALA National Conferences. Sandy is the current President for the Independence Chapter helping to formulate topics relative to the business of law. She resides in Philadelphia, PA and has been the Past President of the Roxborough Kiwanis Club, Past Treasurer for Hunter Soccer Club, and Past President of the Roxborough Symphony Orchestra.

Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Gogging

Asst Director of Administrative Services
Sandra B. Caiazzo