Minneapolis, MN November 29, 2017 – Cozen O’Connor continues to expand in the Midwest, adding veteran labor and employment litigator Tina Syring as a member in its Minneapolis office and national Labor & Employment Department.
Syring was most recently a partner in Barnes & Thornburg, LLP’s Minneapolis office. In addition, she previously served as both a human resources director and in-house counsel. Tina uses this experience to counsel employers on labor and employment issues with a business focus. She works with employers in addressing complex issues such as social media issues, executive terminations, allegations of harassment or discrimination, wage and hour strategies, whistleblower complaints and long-term secession planning.
She also helps prepare employers for audits by the Department of Labor on wage and hour matters and has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating executive compensation agreements for publicly traded and private companies.
“We are thrilled to welcome Tina to Cozen O’Connor,” said Joe Tilson, Cozen O’Connor’s Labor and Employment Department Co-Chair. “Tina brings a unique set of skills to her labor and employment practice with her experience as both in-house counsel and as a human resources director. She is an incredible asset to our Minneapolis office, strengthening its L&E practice while also adding depth to our national practice.”
Syring’s hiring furthers Cozen O’Connor’s commitment to continued growth in the Midwest. In 2015, Cozen O’Connor had one of the nation’s fastest growing Labor & Employment departments as it added more than a dozen attorneys to the practice in its combination with Chicago-based Meckler Bulger & Tilson.
“I look forward to joining an amazing group of L&E practitioners with great leaders who have a clear vision for the future of the practice,” said Syring. “I was immediately drawn to Cozen O’Connor as it recognizes and supports the labor and employment practice as a true pillar of the firm. Furthermore, the firm’s entrepreneurial, business-focused approach is compatible with and will enhance my practice. I am eager to help in the continued growth of the Minneapolis office as well as the firm’s national L&E practice.”
Theater Director Named for Cullen Performance Hall
Houston, Nov. 14, 2016 — Carrie Miller’s goals for her first few months as the new theater director for Cullen Performance Hall are straight forward.
“I want to build partnerships, learn everything there is to know about how the venue runs and build awareness of how it can enhance the UH experience,” said Miller, whose first day on the job will be Nov. 28.
Miller will be in charge of booking the historic venue and working with agents and promoters. She will also be responsible for building relationships with campus and community partners and increasing awareness of all that Cullen Performance Hall has to offer students, faculty, staff, alumni and the Houston community.
Miller is not new to the University of Houston campus. From 2009 to 2012, she held a key position in the Center for Student Involvement, working closely with registered student organizations and serving in an advisory role for Homecoming and Frontier Fiesta.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Indiana State University and a master’s degree in college student personnel administration from the University of Central Missouri. She started her career as a first-grade teacher in the Aldine Independent School District, and has spent the past 13 years working in higher education.
“I am looking forward to serving the UH community and am excited about the challenge of filling the Cullen Performance Hall with amazing events,” she said.
See the full Press Release here: http://www.uh.edu/af/news/press-releases/pr-miller.htm
Maine Township High School District 207 Superintendent Dr. Ken Wallace has been announced as the 2018 ACTE Champion of the Year by the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and its Board of Directors. The ACTE Champion of the Year award recognizes individuals and entities for their meritorious contributions to the improvement, promotion, development and progress of career and technical education (CTE).
Michelle Bond has begun a position at University Health Services at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She works as an Associate Counselor – Engineering Focus in Mental Health. This means she works with patients in the UW-Madison School of Engineering.
Bond, who spent four years working as a counselor at an Indiana engineering college, says engineering students in particular can face challenges when it comes to their mental health.
“There are unique pressures to this field of study,” Bond says. These can include a competitive academic environment, demanding performance expectations, and a field that necessitates black and white thinking.
“There is a right answer in engineering,” says Bond, “but not necessarily in emotions or experiences.”
Jenny O’Sako, class of 2012, was recently selected as part of the Leadership Southeast Georgia program for 2018. Jenny is a client executive, specializing in the property-casualty practice, in the Savannah, Ga. office of Sterling Seacrest Partners. Jenny received a Bachelor of Science in Risk Management and Insurance.