The Executive Committee consists of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and the chairs of the Standing Committees. The Executive Committee is responsible for the general operation of the organization.
President: Christina L. Montgomery
Vice President: Beth R. Myers
Treasurer: Patrick D. Banfield
Secretary: Elizabeth T. Mason
Visit our Officers Page to learn more about our officers.
Rebecca Pontikes, Pontikes Law, LLC
Monica Shah, Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP
The Amicus Committee is responsible for receiving and processing requests for amicus briefs in employment law cases. The Committee gathers the information that will be considered in deciding whether a brief will be submitted. The Committee is responsible for facilitating the writing and filing of the brief; however, all members of MELA are welcome to participate in writing the briefs, whether they are members of the Committee or not.
Chair: Lynn Weissberg, Stern, Shapiro,Weissberg & Garin, LLP
The MCAD Committee is responsible for keeping our membership informed of any changes in the substantive or procedural rulings and standards of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. The Committee meets with representatives of the MCAD to maintain MELA's relationship with MCAD, to address issues arising in agency proceedings and to explore ways in which the bar can best assist the agency in reaching its goals.
Philip Gordon, Gordon Law Group, LLP
Lori A. Jodoin, Powers, Jodoin, Margolis & Mantell LLP
The Legislative Committee is responsible for orchestrating MELA's activities with respect to changes in the legislation governing the rights of Massachusetts employees. The Committee facilitates member participation in lobbying efforts and works with other organizations to identify and respond to issues arising in workplace legislation.
Michaela May, Law Office of Michaela May
Gavi Bogin-Farber, Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky PC
The Program Committee is responsible for organizing and facilitating the programs for our general membership meetings. The topics are selected by the members of the executive committee based on the needs and interests of the membership.
The ERISA Committee
Chair: Jonathan M. Feigenbaum
The ERISA Committee provides feedback and advice on cases, policies, statutes and regulations affecting employee benefit plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. The goal of this committee is to advance the interests of employees and other beneficiaries covered by ERISA.
Chair: Kevin C. Merritt, Segal Roitman, LLP
The Technology Committee focuses on MELA's ongoing initiatives to enhance member benefits through evolving technologies, including a new and improved MELA website, improved online discussion groups, "e-announcement" capabilities, a virtual "brief bank," and advice on leveraging technology for better employee advocacy.
Chair: Bryn Sfetsios, Pontikes Law, LLC
The Social Committee is responsible for planning informal networking events.
Anne Glennon, Law Office of Anne Glennon
Paul H. Merry, Law Office of Paul H. Merry
The Membership Committee is responsible for orchestrating MELA's activities/efforts aimed at increasing
our membership and our diversity. The Committee reaches out to law
student organizations, recent graduates and to people who are
practicing employment law without the benefit of MELA in an effort to
achieve its membership goals while providing support to those practicing plaintiff-side employment law.
Department of Unemployment Assistance Committee
Chair: Jill Havens, Law Office of Jill Havens
Affiliate Bar Liaison
David Belfort, Bennett & Belfort PC
The Affiliate Bar Liaison is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with other bar associations and affinity groups. Mr. Belfort was appointed to serve a three year term as MELA’s representative on the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments that reviews, evaluates, votes and reports on the qualifications of individuals under consideration for all judicial appointments -- including clerk-magistrates -- to all courts of the commonwealth. The Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments is one of the last layers of review in the judicial nominating process and works to ensure that candidates for the tenure positions are both qualified and competent.