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GSGLA Board of Directors

Slate Bios 2013

Proposed Officers

Chet A. Kronenberg
Vice Chair 

C. Kronenberg

Chet is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in the litigation department. He was elected to the firm’s membership in 2001.

He has represented financial institutions and other clients in a wide range of high-­profile complex commercial litigation matters, including securities, corporate control, and consumer actions. He also has substantial experience in litigation arising out of corporate acquisitions and related transactions. Chet has been actively defending clients in consumer class action lawsuits. He has represented The Blackstone Group, Citibank, GenSpring Family Offices, JPMorgan Chase, Lion Capital, Natixis Caspian, Rosemont Solebury, SAC Private Capital, Sankaty Advisors, and ZelnickMedia, among many others. 

Before earning his Juris Doctor from the New York University School of Law, Chet graduated summa cum laude and earned his B.A. from Tufts University.


Elsa Macias, PH.D.
Vice Chair

E. Macias

Elsa consults on projects related to education, science education, and technology policy. She has an extensive background in K-12 education and her focus is on increasing excellence and equity in education through better accountability.

Elsa has spoken extensively on both educational accountability and information technology issues at national conferences, and has briefed elected officials at the federal, state, and local levels, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. She is a member of the Social Science Advisory Board of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT).

Elsa earned her Ph.D. in Public Administration from Arizona State University, School of Public Affairs. She was awarded GSGLA’s Visionary Award in 2009. Her volunteer experience also includes speaking at K-12 schools encouraging high school girls to attend college and consider a career in science and technology fields. She has served as a motivational speaker and mentor to graduate and undergraduate students.


Kathryn E. Nielsen

Chief Financial Officer (Volunteer)

K. Nielsen

Kathryn is Senior Vice President, Controller for Columbia TriStar Motion Pictures, the theatrical division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, a position she has held since 1995. Prior to joining Columbia TriStar, Kathryn served in finance and accounting roles in several entertainment companies, including The Walt Disney Company and Interscope Communications. She is a Certified Public Accountant (Ernst & Young).

She graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. While attending college, Kathryn was a Loyola Belle. She now volunteers her time and resources to her alma mater.

Kathryn has served as President of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Clinic and Family Counseling Center for the past 8 years and was a member of the board for 15 years. She has served as a Regent since 2006 and is Chair of the Regent’s Development Sub-Committee. She is also a member of the Dean’s Council for the School of Film and Television.


Leanne J. Rodgers

Vice Chair

L. Rodgers

Leanne is a Vice President and Associate General Counsel with Parsons Corporation where she manages all labor, employment, and benefits claims for the global engineering, design, construction, and project management firm. 

Leanne has over 20 years of litigation experience, including senior positions with Hilton Hotels Corporation and Fairbank & Vincent, and as an instructor at the UCLA School of Law. She is a member of the California State Bar and has been admitted to practice before the California Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California and the District of Arizona.

Leanne graduated magna cum laude with a B.S in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and received her Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude from the Loyola Law School.

There are three generations of Girl Scouts in Leanne’s family. Starting in Wisconsin, Leanne’s mother was a Brownie and stayed active in Girl Scouts all the way through high school. Later, she became a Girl Scout troop leader. Leanne and her two sisters were also Girl Scouts. Leanne carried on the family tradition here in California where she became her daughter’s Girl Scout troop leader. The Burbank Service Unit recognized Leanne in 2004 with the Leader of the Year Award.


Proposed Directors

David A. Battaglia
D. Battaglia

David is a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP's Los Angeles office. He joined the firm in 1987 and is a member of the firm's Litigation Department. He consistently has been named one of the top attorneys in Southern California and is a member of Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. David has industry experience in Consumer and Class Actions, Education Disputes, Energy and Natural Resources Law, Entertainment Litigation, Infrastructure and Defense Contracting, and Real Estate Matters. He has been admitted to practice law in the US Supreme Court, five federal court circuits, eight federal district courts, and all courts in the State of California and Washington, D.C.

David is a graduate of Georgetown University with honors, and a double major in English and government. He earned his law degree in 1987 at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

He currently is on the Board of Directors of Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, Inc., a non-profit organization which helps over 11,000 children annually in the Los Angeles area.


Gabrielle Bullock

G. Bullock

Gabrielle is the Managing Director at Perkins+Will and has contributed to the success of the architectural firm for more than 20 years. Her expertise is focused on the planning, design and construction management of large-scale facilities in health, science, and academia, including laboratory and classroom spaces. She has managed one of the largest building projects in the University of California system to date, the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Furthermore, Gabrielle has specialized in delivering complex, program-intensive projects, and is known for her excellent leadership skills both with clients and project teams.

A regular guest speaker and awards juror for local design events and organizations, Gabrielle is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the National Organization of Minority Architects, and she also serves as a board member of the Center for Architecture and Urban Design Los Angeles.


Patricia A. Crider, CPA

P. Crider

As the Accounting Director for Westfield, LLC, Patricia leads the operations accounting activities for the U.S. portfolio of 55 shopping centers and 14 offices of the world’s biggest shopping center operator with assets valued at more than $50 billion. She has more than 20 years of accounting and finance experience and a proven ability to manage complex projects and multiple priorities including financial accounting, budgeting, capital spending, and working capital management. Prior to her current post, Patricia was the Planning & Analysis Director at Sunkist Growers, Inc. and Finance Manager at Nestlé, USA. 

Maxine Harris

Board Photo Maxine Harris

With over 25 years in the financial services industry, Maxine is the Vice President and Senior Trust Officer with Bank of the West’s Wealth Management team. Previously, she was Director of Advisory and Administrative Services for Whittier Trust Company and Senior Vice President and Manager of the Trusts and Estates Department of U.S. Trust Company in Los Angeles. Maxine began her fiduciary career with Bankers Trust Company, New York City and later relocated to Los Angeles to establish their trust business and serve on their Board of Directors.

Maxine earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Rutgers University, New Jersey. She completed the American Bankers Association Graduate Trust School of Northwestern University as well as numerous courses at institutions such as UCLA, USC, and Cannon.

Currently, Maxine is on the boards of the Organization of Women Executives, Union Station Homeless Services, Tournament of Roses Foundation, Friends of the Levitt Pavilion, and the Red Cross of San Gabriel Valley. While in the Women’s Army Corp., Maxine served in Washington, DC, Paris, France, Brussels, and Belgium.


Jon W. LaMothe

J. LaMothe

Jon, Partner and Managing Director of Snowden Capital Advisors, LLC, has more than 17 years of experience providing financial and wealth management advice and services. Jon joined Merrill Lynch in 1995, coming from a career in retail management. He leads the investment services practice for the LaMothe/Gonzalez Group and specializes in financial planning, estate planning issues, and money management, as well as constructing income producing portfolios. Jon focuses on the financial needs of individual business owners and corporate executives and their families. He also holds the CRPC (Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM) designation.

Jon is a graduate of California State University, San Bernardino, with a degree in business administration. 


Evelynne B. Scarboro

D. Ryan

Evelynne (Lynne) is the Senior Vice President for Administration at Loyola Marymount University. She also served as the Associate Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Office of Alumni and University Relations at Georgetown University for seven years. Prior to Georgetown, Evelynne served at both North Carolina State University and the University of Virginia.

Lynne currently serves on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina State University Foundation and the Organization of Women Executives in Los Angeles.


April Spencer

Board Photo April Spencer

April is a Media & Entertainment Tax Partner in Ernst & Young’s Los Angeles office and has 19 years of experience providing corporate tax accounting and tax planning services to private and public companies in the distribution, professional services, and media and entertainment industries. Additionally, April is the Director of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program for the Los Angeles area, and she is the West Sub-Area Community Engagement champion for the firm. Earlier in her career, April served as a Subject Matter Professional.

April has a B.A. degree in business economics with an emphasis in accounting from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master's degree in business taxation from the University of Southern California. April is active in her community and serves as an Advisory Trustee for the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the ALS Association and is a member of United Way’s Women Leaders Steering Cabinet.