Jasbir (Jesse) K. Bawa joined the faculty of Howard University School of Law in 2009, after years of big law firm practice. While she primarily specializes in teaching legal writing and appellate advocacy within a civil rights lens, Jesse has taught a course in Racial Profiling
Across Communities of Color, educating Howard Law students about other communities facing various forms of racial profiling, including Sikhs, Muslims and Hispanics. She spent three years as part of the Board of Directors for a national civil rights organization, the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) after initially serving there as a legal volunteer. She
is currently the Deputy General Counsel at a local religious nonprofit. Jesse is also an author whose writing on contemporary civil rights issues have appeared in The Daily Beast, Talking Points Memo, Huffington Post and other media outlets. Jesse is the mother of boy/girl twins.
DeShaun N. Wise Porter is the newly appointed Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement at Hilton. She serves as a strategic thought leader and internal consultant responsible for developing and executing holistic and integrated strategies that are aligned with Hilton’s shared values and contribute to the building of a diverse, engaged, and high-performing organization. Prior to this appointment, she served as the VP, HR Consulting partnering with C-Suite leaders to drive and implement transformational talent initiatives focused on attracting, developing and retaining high potentials and top performers.
She is a passionate leader with extensive experience in driving culture change and creating opportunities that accelerate the growth of talent through differentiated talent models and scalable development programs. Her work has centered on leading global transformation initiatives, managing merger and acquisition processes, overseeing the implementation of core technologies, and developing teams across the globe.
DeShaun is a graduate of Florida State University, where she studied Multinational Business Operations and Finance. She holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Certification from the HR Certificate Institute, a SHRM-Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) from the Society for Human Resource Management, and a Human Capital Strategist Certification from the Human Capital Institute. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Pink Wish Foundation and an active member of the Society for Human Resources Management, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and The Links, Incorporated. She is active throughout her community and serves as a youth mentor and advocate for abused and molested children.
DeShaun resides in Washington, D.C with her husband, Dr. Fernando A. Porter, and enjoys spending time with family and friends, shopping, reading and embracing other cultures through travel.
Libby Mullin couples a deep understanding of health care policy with a passion for issues that produce results for her clients.
After eight years of legislative experience on Capitol Hill, Libby opened her own health care consulting practice in 1999.
Prior to Mullin Strategies, Libby worked as a health policy advisor, legislative director and Chief of Staff for several members of the U.S. House of Representatives who served on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Libby is the recipient of the National Children’s Hospital Award for Advocacy, the President Award for Leadership in Women’s Health from the Interstitial Cystitis Association and the Founders Award for Advocacy from the Cancer Support Community.
Libby has deep experience tackling complex political and policy challenges. Over the last 20 years, Libby has consulted with large and small health care non-profit organizations and Fortune 500 companies alike. Her experience in both the private and public sectors coupled with her long-term relationships with health policy experts as well as elected officials is a key asset to her clients.
Libby works closely with clients to identify and commit to realistic policy priorities, form new partnerships, strengthen existing relationships and strategically advance an agenda consistent with the organization’s mission. Libby works with her clients to leverage their policy work strategically, in a manner that not only advances organizational goals but also attracts funder support.
A native Washingtonian, Libby graduated from Lawrence University in 1990 with a B.A. in political science. She lives with her husband and three children in Chevy Chase, Md. Libby is a competitive triathlete, serves on the board of Montgomery Soccer Inc, and the advisory boards of the U.S. Soccer Foundation and the D.C. affiliate of the Cancer Support Community.
Pamela Parsons, AIA, ASID, LEED AP is an experienced senior executive in the hotel design & construction industry. A Principal at Studio Elements LLC, she provides consulting services to the hotel design and construction industry in national venues. Previous positions include Senior Vice President of Forrest Perkins, a luxury hotel design firm, and Senior Vice President, Host Hotels & Resorts, a hotel REIT. She is a licensed architect and certified interior designer with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Building Sciences from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York.
More recently her focus has been on volunteer work, especially focused on fighting Human Trafficking.
Jeniffer M. De Jesus Roberts is a partner in Alston & Bird’s Government Contracts practice. She helps new and veteran government contractors navigate complex issues and matters involving ethics and compliance, litigation, investigations, M&A, and corporate and business transactions issues. From conducting M&A due diligence and post-merger integration efforts to advising on government contracting opportunities and administration to reviewing, designing, and enhancing global compliance and ethics programs to leading internal investigations and government investigations defense, Jeniffer offers end-to-end services that allow new and established government contractors to operate effectively within the myriad domestic and international regulatory restrictions.
Her near-decade of experience as a senior in-house counsel for two large public companies gives her an informed perspective when advising clients. Business leaders benefit from her keen ability to obtain consensus and to identify, manage, and reduce risk on a variety of critical compliance issues affecting companies who do business with the government.
Jeniffer is very active in her community and served as pro bono general counsel to FAIR Girls from 2016 to 2019, prior to joining the Board of Directors in April 2019. In her spare time, Jeniffer loves to travel and explore far-away places with her husband and two boys.
Patrice is passionate about connecting people and promoting healthier lifestyles. She is a certified Health and Wellness coach and enjoys guiding clients towards choosing a healthy balance of nutrition, fitness, mindfulness and meditation. This role enables her to enhance her mission of helping others help themselves live a happier fulfilling life. She is retired from the travel and media industries where she spent 15+ years in a variety of operational management roles at companies including Presidential Airways, The Discovery Channel and Summer Productions. A proponent for early childhood education, she worked for 5 years at Concord St. Andrews Cooperative Nursery School as an assistant teacher during the time she decided to stay at home and raise her family. An experienced medical advocate for family and friends who have suffered cancer and stroke, this path has led her into caregiver support and end of life care as well. She serves in volunteer positions with Sibley Integrative Medicine, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Lucky Dog Animal Rescue. She and her husband reside in Bethesda and have two children currently attending college.
Christine Brooks Terrell has a background in advertising and marketing. While out of the corporate world over the last seventeen years, she has been devoted to raising her two boys and being an active member of her community. Christine and her husband, Jonathan, are committed to Children’s National Medical Center for which they are the chairs of the Children’s National’s Race for Every Child 2019 and 2020.
She managed the fundraising and media attention for Jonathan’s “Take the Risk Campaign” in 2018-2019, when he ran the World Marathon Challenge – seven marathons on seven continents in seven days – to raise awareness and funding for pediatric and adolescent mental health at Children’s National.
Christine is very involved at her children’s school, St. Albans, where she co-chaired the 2016 Christmas House Tour and was on the committee for the same for four consecutive years. She serves on the Strategic Planning Committee for the school for 2020. She has also served as vice-chair of the Bishop Walker School Annual Dinner for 2018 and 2019. As a board member of the Sulgrave Club, she chairs the Special Events Committee. Since 2013 Christine has been deeply committed to supporting FAIR Girls and its mission to end the evil of human trafficking.
Christine was born and grew up in Bombay, India. She has a BA in Commerce and Economics as well as an MBA. She moved to New York in 1994. It was in New York that she met and married her husband, Jonathan. Christine moved from Advertising and Marketing to Real Estate with the Corcoran Group. She was named Rookie of the Year and had a great few years with the Corcoran Group before moving to Washington, D.C.
Kami Quinn has broad experience recovering insurance proceeds for mass tort liability, directors’ and officers’ liability, financial fraud, and property damage and business interruption in complex, multi-party disputes. Kami also has advised many clients with respect to strategies for insurance recovery in asbestos-related bankruptcies.
Kami emphasizes the early evaluation and quantification of litigation risk and consensual resolutions whenever possible. She is adept at working with underlying products liability counsel, consultants and in-house lawyers and non-lawyers alike to achieve a streamlined approach to resolving her clients’ issues, including making full use of available technology. As a result, Kami is typically able to resolve cases without unnecessary litigation expense. Indeed, in many of her cases insurers have been persuaded to rescind coverage denials or resolve coverage claims without the need for expensive litigation.
Kami also regularly advises clients regarding their insurance position before disputes arise. She regularly evaluates complex insurance portfolios to assist clients in avoiding future disputes with carriers, obtain the best wording available at an appropriate price and to ensure that any coverage is consistent with the client’s understanding of the risk transferred. Kami also provides advice and counseling to a number of clients (typically potential transferors or transferees of insurance coverage) seeking to value disputed or potentially disputed insurance assets.
Secured hundreds of millions of dollars through settlement with insurance companies on behalf of various mass tort defendant companies.
Secured hundreds of millions of dollars through settlement with various insurance companies on behalf of bankruptcy trusts created for the benefit of personal injury claimants.
Advised a national non-profit organization with respect to recovery from insurers of amounts spent in the successful defense of the organization’s public education campaign.
Advised the successor to a Fortune 500 company concerning its global strategy for insurance recovery and litigation of certain insurer disputes.
Counsels asbestos creditor committees in bankruptcy cases with respect to securing CGL insurance coverage.
Advised and counseled a food products company concerning business interruption and property damage coverage available in connection with the recall of potentially contaminated products.
Advised a property developer with respect to recovery for tens of millions in alleged construction defects in hotel development.
Advises a residential housing association with respect to disputes arising under its coverage as well as with respect to placing coverage.
Kami has an active pro bono practice, which involves cases ranging from securing emergency potentially life-saving care for a breast cancer patient to working with the American Civil Liberties Union to secure a recovery for alleged police brutality. Kami has provided pro bono analysis of existing insurance coverage portfolios for a number of nonprofit organizations. She also has co-authored an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court with other Gilbert LLP lawyers related to the Affordable Care Act.
2000 — J.D., University of Chicago Law School
1996 — B.A., Drake University
District of Columbia
Insurance Subcommittee of the ABA Business Bankruptcy Committee, Vice-Chair
Selected as a Washington, DC Rising Star (Super Lawyers), 2013-2015
Joleen is the public relations director of GreenRubino, a leading marketing and strategic communications firm based in Seattle, Washington. Outside of the office, she has traveled the world writing and researching human rights issues particularly in Southeast Asia with a focus on child slavery and human trafficking. She has conducted extensive research throughout China, Cambodia and Singapore and has developed lasting contacts with a number of NGOs, government officials, not-for- profits and shelters throughout the region. She is a graduate of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the SI Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
Cheryl Cavacini Battan is retired from the technology industry where she worked for 21 years, including 11 years at Microsoft.Cheryl has held a variety of technical, technical management and partner development positions, including Director of Technology for the Microsoft Federal Sales District.She has earned numerous performance awards throughout her career, including a global sales award for her work on Microsoft Exchange DMS (Defense Message System).At the start of her career while working as an analyst for the DuPont Company, Cheryl moonlighted as a part-time college instructor at the University of Delaware, where she taught a relational database course to business school students.Cheryl graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Indiana University with majors in both Mathematics and Computer Science.She resides in Bethesda, MD with her husband and three children.