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|2015 AWI Board Election|
Electronic voting for these candidates begins September 25, 2015 and ends October 4, 2015. Every AWI member in good standing as of September 24, 2015 will be sent an e-mail with a link to the electronic ballot. Please fill out this form to cast your vote. The ballot gives members the opportunity to vote "Yes", "No", or "Abstain" for each of the candidates below. The election will be valid only if one-third of the members in good standing vote, so it is important that you take the time to do so. Even if you abstain your vote will count toward the quorum. Thank you.
Elizabeth Watson Gramigna: Elizabethis an employment lawyer with a practice located in Short Hills, New Jersey. Her firm’s approach is client-centered, providing professional services that support a respectful, productive, and practical manner of eradicating harassment and discrimination in the workplace through impartial investigations, mediations, and education.
In addition to her legal training, Ms. Gramigna is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and has a Bachelor in Science degree in Management and Industrial Relations. She is a frequent lecturer, having lectured in New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia about workplace investigations, including ethical issues presented in investigations, and has authored several publications relating to investigations.
Ms. Gramigna is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Section on Labor & Employment Law as well as the American Bar Association, Section on Employee Rights and Responsibilities, where she serves on the Workplace Investigations and Employee Privacy Sub-Committees.
Ms. Gramigna is a graduate of the 2013 AWI Institute. An active member of AWI, she is the local convener of the Greater New York Local Circle, she spoke at the 2013 Annual Conference, served on the Faculty at the 2015 Institute in Mystic, CT, and has been selected to present at AWI’s 2015 Annual Conference. Ms. Gramigna authored "Recent Employment Law Decisions Impacting Workplace Investigations," which was in the April/July 2014 AWI Quarterly. She has also been selected as faculty for the 2016 Institute.
Ms. Gramigna is also an active member of the Society of Independent Workplace Investigators (SIWI), which recently published a Code of Ethics for Workplace Investigators, and she serves as a co-chair of the Grants Committee for the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association.
Lindsay Harris: I have been privileged to serve AWI in various capacities since 2010 and would be delighted to continue to serve the organization and its members through another term on the Board.
During my time at AWI, I have worked hard to become the organization’s point person in the challenging and vital areas of licensing and ethics laws affecting workplace investigations. In this regard, I have overseen in-depth research and analysis of licensing, legal ethics, limited scope representation, and privilege issues in selected AWI jurisdictions; have educated AWI members and others on these issues through published articles and AWI seminars and webinars; and, as a faculty of the AWI Institute, have helped design, teach, and oversee AWI’s ethics curriculum.
I have also helped the organization consider a variety of ad hoc ethics issues, ranging from the potential certification of workplace investigations as a specialty, to whether and/or how AWI should participate as an amicus in a California court of appeal case raising important privilege and licensing issues. Through my work with professional responsibility lawyers across the country, I have helped to connect AWI to leading experts in the field, enabling the organization to draw on top-notch resources when the need arises. As we move into 2016 and AWI continues to grow, licensing, multijurisdictional practice, and other ethics issues will continue to be vitally important to the organization and its members. I would be delighted to be able to serve as a resource in this dynamic, complex, and important area, as well as in other areas of need that may arise.
Outside of AWI, I have focused my law practice for the past ten years on conducting impartial workplace investigations in the public and private sectors, and I continue to learn and to grow in this challenging profession. I have a life-long interest in human rights and have conducted international human rights investigations on behalf of non-governmental organizations. I previously practiced employment law at a large Bay Area law firm.
AWI is a very special organization not only because of its excellence and expertise, but also because of its unique spirit – especially the warmth, collegiality, and tremendous helpfulness of its many members. As a Board member, I would strive to continue to foster the wonderfully welcoming, professional, and expert culture that AWI has so successfully built over the years.
Eli Makus: I am thrilled to be a candidate for the AWI Board. The energy and enthusiasm at AWI events over the past year has been palpable as more in-house investigators, new outside investigators and longstanding experts in the field collaborate to move our industry forward. With over 600 members worldwide, and new international charters on the horizon, AWI is well poised for growth and I am excited to be part of the organization as we embrace this future.
As an employment attorney, I have conducted, managed, and litigated workplace investigations. I started my practice as a management-side employment law litigator for Hanson Bridgett, a San Francisco law firm. There, I litigated cases where the underlying workplace investigation was a key factor and also conducted workplace investigations as outside counsel. I then moved in-house to a large, northern California health system where I conducted workplace investigations and supervised internal HR investigations and outside investigations. I also advised and trained the company on developing an internal investigations program.
Finally, I started a firm with two excellent partners where we specialize in workplace investigations and employment law compliance. I am passionate about our industry, about law practice management, and about the many opportunities to leverage technology to conduct more thorough and efficient investigations and to better serve our clients. Thank you for the opportunity to be a candidate for the AWI board.
Judy L. Mims: I would be honored to serve you on the AWI Board of Directors. I have been active in AWI since I joined in 2012 and attended the 2013 AWI Training Institute in Santa Barbara. Since then, I have been a speaker about internal investigations at an annual AWI conference, and co-present an annual AWI Investigations Basics day long training in Seattle, WA. In 2014, I was selected to be a full-time faculty member for the AWI Training Institute and taught at the east coast institute in Mystic, CT.
I value my involvement with AWI as I appreciate conducting workplace investigations as a profession and want to contribute to AWI’s efforts to continue setting the standard for this body of work. I bring my experience as an EEO internal investigator at the Microsoft Corporation and 20+ years in labor and employment law as in-house counsel and HR for the University of Washington and the State of Washington.
In the past, I have served as the Chair of the Executive Committee for the Labor & Employment Section of the Washington State Bar Association as well as Chair for the Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors for King County in Seattle, WA. Presently, I serve on the Board of Directors for the charity WestSide Baby which provides nearly half a million diapers and essential supplies annually to underserved populations in Western Washington.
Marilou Mirkovich: I have been privileged to be an AWI member and board member since AWI’s inception. I would welcome the opportunity to continue my service to AWI through another term on the AWI Board.
I currently chair AWI’s Membership Committee and serve on its Executive Committee. In a new term on the AWI Board, my focus would be maintaining and expanding membership benefits, quality investigation education, and networking, i.e. having fun with other investigator geeks.
Professionally, I am a partner at the law firm of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, where I have worked in labor and employment law since my third year of law school in 1985. For the past fifteen years, I have conducted workplace investigations. Workplace investigations are now the focus of my practice. My investigation practice primarily involves high level and complex investigations for public agencies, cities, counties, and special districts. I am a graduate of the University of Redlands and Loyola Law School.
Keith Rohman: I ask for your support for my candidacy as a Director of AWI. I have been secretary to the board for two years and a board member for over four years, a period of tremendous growth and excitement for our new organization. As a private investigator, I bring a different perspective to AWI. I have also been honored to be on the faculty of the AWI Institute for three years, and seen how that has contributed to our growth and to improving standards for AWI.
Our training programs, both at the local level and at the Institute have been key to growing AWI. It is there that we make first relationships with people, form bonds, and recruit both members and future leaders. To be candid, I saw many benefits to providing training, but I didn’t understand how vital these programs were to building our organization.
Finally, I have a close working relationship with the nominee for President, Sue Ann Van Dermyden, and I have been nominated as Vice President. Having served myself as president of two other non-profits, I see the role of the vice president supporting the president as important to the success of the organization.
I ask for your support. Thank you.
Allison West: I welcome the opportunity to continue to serve another term on the AWI Board. I have been actively involved in AWI since its inception and am both a Charter and Sustaining Member.
As Chair of the Marketing Committee, my focus is on helping AWI grow by increasing membership, informing members about AWI benefits and programs, as well as the public at large. Through my efforts and outreach, I have helped increase awareness of AWI around the country and helped to attract new members from outside of California.
In addition to marketing, I have also been involved with the Conference Committee, presented at several AWI Annual Conferences, assisted in attracting sponsors, written articles for the AWI Journal and I will be on the faculty of the AWI Institute in 2016.
Additionally, I was instrumental in getting AWI recognized as a national leader in workplace investigations by ASIS International (a 38,000 member international association focused on the security industry - data, physical, etc.). I was one of four AWI members on the ASIS Technical Committee for creating an international standard entitled Managing the Investigative Process – Guidance on Conducting Investigations (INV).
In 2000, after practicing law at a San Francisco labor and employment boutique, I started Employment Practices Specialists where I focus on training, investigations, expert witness assistance and HR consulting. My investigation practice covers the broad spectrum of topics including harassment, discrimination, theft, violence, disability, whistleblower and other issues. I have been retained as an expert witness in matters involving conducting investigations, standard HR practices, maintaining and communicating policies, terminating employees properly, and other workplace topics. I also hold my SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications.
I look forward to playing an active role in expanding AWI’s reach and value to its members.