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BAMSL Staff

The operations of BAMSL are supported by a staff of ten full-time employees, led by Executive Director Zoe Linza. While working in several different departments, our common goal is to ensure that attorneys and other legal professionals in the St. Louis metropolitan area view BAMSL as a valuable resource for enhancing their experience as legal professionals. We encourage you to contact any of BAMSL's staff members at 314-421-4134 for assistance.

Zoe W. Linza
Executive Director
Zoe Linza, Executive Director
zlinza@bamsl.org
314-421-4134

Linza is the chief operating officer and managing executive of BAMSL and the Saint Louis Bar Foundation. She oversees the development of programs and policies, provides direction to the Executive Committee and the Board of Governors, and supervises day-to-day operations.

Linza also is responsible for the financial health of the organization, including fundraising, sponsorships, and supervising fiscal and budgetary matters such as budget preparation and accounting. She also is responsible for managing the implementation of the mission statement and ensuring the effectiveness of the BAMSL staff.

She serves as staff liaison with local, state, and federal elected and appointed officials at executive, legislative, and judicial levels. She makes recommendations to the boards of both organizations about broad general policies that will further the goals and objectives of the Association. She is the face of the bar and is expected to establish and maintain positive relationships with members of the judiciary, other bar associations, and the general public.

Her duties include being visionary and constantly aware of changing trends in membership, and changing needs of the members of the legal community.

Prior to joining BAMSL 11 years ago, Linza was assistant circuit executive for the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; executive director of the Missouri Optometric Association; and held various director jobs in state government, and worked for the Missouri Senate.

Her degree from William Jewell College ultimately was in biology, but her majors included performing arts in music and ballet.

Daniel G. Barnett, Esq.
Assistant Executive Director, Operations
Dan Barnett, Assistant Executive Director of Operations
dbarnett@bamsl.org
314-485-3803

Barnett oversees finance, human resources, IT, and facilities. He is responsible for the annual membership renewal process and dues invoicing. He coordinates law-related education programs and public service programs such as Missouri High School Mock Trial Competition, St. Louis Attorneys Against Hunger, Motion for Kids, and pro bono educational and volunteer opportunities. He serves as the staff liaison to the Securities Law Section and Motion for Kids and Pro Bono Committees.

Barnett previously worked for nine years at the county-wide 9-1-1 and emergency dispatch center in rural Audrain County, Mo. He spent much of that time in supervisory roles, and was assistant 9-1-1 director for four years until he left to join BAMSL. In that role, he did much of what he does for BAMSL, but occasionally also manned the phone and radio.

"When I'm stressing because things at an event haven't gone exactly as planned, I remind myself that no one died from it but in my prior job they could have," Barnett said.

He grew up in Mexico, Mo., and moved to St. Louis after getting accepted to St. Louis University School of Law and graduated in December 2016. He became a member of The Missouri Bar in April 2017. He also has an MBA from Columbia College. He also is a licensed amateur (HAM) radio operator; callsign W0DGB.

Susan E. Sagarra
Assistant Executive Director, Membership and Marketing
Susan Sagarra, Assistant Executive Director of Membership and Marketing
ssagarra@bamsl.org
314-485-3802

Sagarra oversees all communication efforts, both internally with staff and members as well as externally with the media and general public. She also is responsible for overseeing membership retention, recruitment, and enhancement. She serves as editor of the monthly St. Louis Lawyer magazine, weekly LegalPulseSTL e-newsletter and is the staff liaison for the Young Lawyers Division, Membership Committee, Communications Committee and St. Louis Attorneys Against Hunger Committee. She also sits on other committees, including Motion for Kids, Bench & Bar, and Public Policy, and assists with implementing signature events.

Sagarra previously was the inaugural managing editor of the St. Louis-based newspaper, West Newsmagazine, for 15 years; editor of the Show-Me Institute; communications director of the Gateway Section of the PGA; a sports editor for the Suburban Journals (St. Charles County bureau); and a public relations intern for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in English and Communications from Lindenwood College.

She is the author of the cozy mystery Cracks in the Cobblestone and the mystery/thriller Bus Stop Angels. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and loves dancing.

"I have been dancing since I was 3 years old. I still love to dance today, taking weekly tap, ballet, and jazz classes for relaxation. But I will pretty much dance anywhere I can hear the music."

Priscilla Portell
Director of Accounting
Priscilla Portell, Director of Accounting
pportell@bamsl.org
314-485-3805

Portell serves as director of accounting for three-plus companies, processing more than 4,000 membership dues payments each year. She also is responsible for end-of-year audit reports; catering events; reconciling more than 12 bank accounts; preparing the monthly financial reports; performing HR services; focusing on customer service; preparing the budget; and serving on the Motion for Kids, Budget, and Finance Committees.

Portell previously worked at Lucas-Smith Dodge, Inc., for seven years as the accountant, HR representative and back-up office manager. Portell has a BA in accounting from the University of Southern Missouri – the same college that Brett Favre, Jimmy Buffett and Gene Taylor attended. She received the Ken Langnecker Memorial Scholarship and received math awards during school.

In her spare time, she enjoys planning and hosting murder mystery dinners complete with themed costumes and food. She planned a holiday murder mystery party for the BAMSL staff.

Shannan Hall
Director of Continuing Legal Education
Shannan Hall, Director of CLE
shall@bamsl.org
314-485-3810

Having worked at BAMSL for 16 years, Hall said she is a "Jack-of-All-Trades" for the association. She has served as the Lawyer Referral and Information Service Assistant, Membership Coordinator, and currently holds the position of director of Continuing Legal Education (CLE). She works directly with the CLE Committee chair, and serves as staff liaison for BAMSL's Committees and Sections, implementing CLEs and signature events.

Hall started working at BAMSL at 19 years old and previously was an assistant manager at KFC. She earned a criminal justice degree from St. Louis Community College-Meramec.

As a youngster when visiting her aunt in Minnesota, she played ball with someone quite talented.

"I've actually played a game of one-on-one ball with former Minnesota Twins baseball star Kirby Puckett," Hall said. "Not well, I might add. My cousin, who was very young at the time, and I were outside, and Kirby Puckett came out to get his mail, or something random. He came over, introduced himself, and we started playing catch with my cousin. My cousin went inside but I kept playing. The kicker was I didn't even know who he was until I came inside and my Uncle said 'do you know who that is, do you know who you just got the opportunity to play ball with?' I just thought he was a friendly neighbor. It wasn't until I grew older that I truly appreciated that experience."

Jennifer A. Macke, Esq.
Director of Legal Placement Services/Advertising Sales
Jennifer Macke, Director of Legal Placement Services/Advertising Sales
jmacke@bamsl.org
314-421-4134

Macke independently operates BAMSL's Legal Placement Service. She is very successful in placing legal secretaries, paralegals, and attorneys in permanent positions with area law firms and in-house legal departments. Additionally, she sells advertising space in the monthly St. Louis Lawyer magazine and quarterly St. Louis Bar Journal on a part-time basis.

Macke previously was an associate attorney with a law firm in Ventura, Calif. Her caseload focused on civil litigation and workers' compensation matters.

"Growing up, I either wanted to become a flight attendant or an attorney. Turns out, I was too short to be a flight attendant."

Marilyn Krebsbach
CLE Specialist
Marilyn Krebsbach, CLE Specialist
mkrebsbach@bamsl.org
314-421-4134

Krebsbach began her career with BAMSL in membership, assisting the LRIS and communications director, before transferring to the CLE department a year later. As a staff liaison for BAMSL's Committees and Sections, she implements CLEs and assists with signature events.

She previously was a cartographer for the U.S.D.A. Forest Service; payroll and benefits administrator of a bank with 32 branches and 430 employees for five years; and an office manager for five years for a large construction equipment sales company.

Krebsbach enjoys traveling and has had some adventures. During college, she traveled in Russia with a group of university students and professors.

"It was a very educational experience as well as frightening. Upon entering the country, we were awakened by soldiers who searched our train compartment, including taking off the ceiling tiles, searched our luggage and made us eat (at 2 a.m.) our fruit leftover from dinner. In every city, soldiers with guns on their shoulders walked the sidewalks and were stationed on the corner of every building rooftop with guns in hand. The KGB searched our hotel rooms daily. We also toured many beautiful palaces and art museums. We left the country by ship; however, the ship got stuck in the ice on the Baltic Sea for a few hours. We had to wait for an icebreaker to come out and free the ship."

That experience did not deter Krebsbach's adventurous nature. While visiting Whistler, British Columbia, Krebsbach bungee jumped 165 feet over a river. She said it was exhilarating.

Alex Hill
Graphic Design/Marketing and Membership Specialist
Alex Hill, Graphic Design/Marketing and Membership Specialist
ahill@bamsl.org
314-421-4134

Alex Hill is the Graphic Designer/Membership Specialist. She develops and designs all creative materials, including the St. Louis Lawyer magazine, event invitations, graphics for the website, and other marketing materials. She also photographs BAMSL events. Alex serves as staff liaison to the Young Lawyers’ Division, and sits on the Communications and Membership Committees.

After graduating from Webster University in 2016 with a degree in media communications and a minor in interactive digital media, Alex moved to Sarasota, Florida to work in the marketing department for Florida Studio Theatre. She recently returned home to St. Louis to be closer to friends and family.

Rebecca Hedrick
Executive Assistant
Rebecca Hedrick, Executive Assistant
rhedrick@bamsl.org
314-421-4134

Hedrick is the assistant to the Executive Director and staff liaison for the Saint Louis Bar Foundation. She oversees sending out meeting reminders and calendar invites for the Executive Committee, Board of Governors, Bar Foundation, and other committees as needed. She oversees the Senior Lawyers Luncheon and the Law Clerks Luncheon.

She also handles membership questions and dues renewal. She performs other tasks as assigned by the Executive Director and serves as the Arts & Crafts/Games Chairperson for the Motion for Kids holiday party.

Hedrick has an associate's degree in Health Business Office Administration, a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, and a bachelor's degree in Paralegal studies.

Previously, Hedrick worked as a paralegal at a law office in Richmond Heights. She also has worked as a receptionist in a law office. Before starting in the legal field, she worked for the Collinsville School District.

"One thing that people don't know about me is that I love to make crafts. I spend my spare time making and selling crafts."

Leesi Kogbara
Administrative Assistant/Social Media Coordinator
Leesi Kogbara, Receptionist/Administrative Assistant/Social Media Coordinator
lkogbara@bamsl.org
314-421-4134

Kogbara answers the telephone, assists members with their membership needs, and greets members and visitors to BAMSL. She completes data entry and schedules room rentals for members/non-members who are interested in using BAMSL's space. She also is responsible for updating BAMSL's master calendar, Outlook calendar, and Local Bar Association calendars for the staff and Board.

Additionally, she takes photos at events and assists with posting content, images, and videos to BAMSL's various social media platforms.

Previously, Kogbara worked at the South City YMCA as a member service associate, working with members, setting up memberships, giving tours, and providing the best customer service possible.

She finds serenity in her favorite color.

"My favorite color is green. I associate green with peace. It relates to balance, harmony and growth. Green is a positive color when dealing with emotional connections. In a sense, it's a natural peacemaker and gives you the ability to love yourself and others unconditionally."