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The leadership of NAHO is its Board of Directors, comprised of the officers, the Immediate Past President of the association, one At-Large member appointed for a two-year term by the President upon the approval of a majority of the Board of Directors, and one Representative from each of the six regions elected by the regional membership. The composition, duties, and responsibilities of the Board are set forth in Article VI of the NAHO bylaws. The Board of Directors meets at least annually at the time of the annual meeting, and at other times by such other means as determined by the President.







PRESIDENT

Toni Boone (OR) 

Judge Boone was a Hearing Officer for the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administrative for 19 years and an administrative law judge for the Administrative Hearings Division of the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles for eleven years. She also served as a police officer for ten years including eight years with the Highway Patrol division of the Arkansas State Police.  

Judge Boone is an alumna of the University of Arkansas where she was a Truman Scholar.  Her undergraduate degrees were in Criminal Justice and Social Work.  Since 1995, she has taught criminal and administrative law classes at the University of Arkansas, Northwest Arkansas Community College, Northwest Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute, and the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy.  She has conducted continuing legal and judicial education courses for county bar associations, state judicial conferences, and for the Traffic Court Section of the American Bar Association’s Judicial Division.

In 2000, Judge Boone was asked to join the faculty of the National Judicial College (NJC) at the University of Nevada, Reno.  In her 20 years as an instructor at the NJC, she has taught in over 100 courses and was co-creator of the NJC’s six-week online course entitled Evidence Challenges for Administrative Law Judges.  Toni is also an alumna of The National Judicial College and has attained Certificates of Judicial Development from NJC in both Administrative Law Adjudication Skills and Dispute Resolution Skills.  In 2019, she was awarded  the Payant Award for Excellence in Teaching by the National Judicial College.  

Judge Boone has long been an active NAHO member, previously serving as a regional representative and as Vice President of NAHO.  She achieved certification through NAHO as a Certified Administrative Law Judge in 2009.  She is currently serving as NAHO’s President.




VICE PRESIDENT

Peter Halbach (ND)

Judge Halbach has a BA in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and a JD from the William Mitchell College of Law.

Judge Halbach worked for the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office for five years, before entering private practice in North Dakota in 1988. His commitment to public service continued while in private practice, as a part-time assistant state’s attorney and an adjunct instructor at Lake Regional State College in the legal assistant and peace officer training programs.

He became the Municipal Judge for Devils Lake North Dakota in 2002 and a Hearing Officer for the North Dakota Department of Transportation in 2003.  He was designated the Chief Hearing Officer for the Department of Transportation in 2015.

Judge Halbach joined NAHO in 2006 and became a NAHO Certified Hearing Official (CHO) in 2011. He also served on the NAHO Board for four years as the Mountain Region Representative after filling a vacancy in the position for two years while the alternative representative.

He is currently serving as Vice President of NAHO.



SECRETARY

Colleen Ulrich (GA)

Colleen Ulrich is an Assistant Director of Student Discipline and Behavioral Intervention and a Hearing Officer for Gwinnett County (Georgia) School District. She is a former classroom teacher and middle school Assistant Principal. She has served as an educational disciplinary Hearing Officer for the past ten years for Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia. As the Assistant Director of the Office of Student Discipline and Behavioral Intervention, she assists in training new hearing officers and school administrators. Ms. Ulrich holds education and leadership degrees earned from Georgia State and Brenau University. Additionally, she earned her Educational Specialist degree from Lincoln Memorial University.



TREASURER

Cindy Antrim Rutledge (GA)

Cindy Antrim currently the Assistant Director of Student Discipline and Behavioral Intervention as well as Hearing Officer for Gwinnett County (Georgia) School District.  She is a former elementary, middle, and high school teacher. She has served as a Principal for twenty-seven years and as a Hearing Officer for over thirty years with Gwinnett County Public Schools.

She retired from the school system but continues to work as a Hearing Officer and Principal Mentor with Gwinnett. Ms. Antrim is also an adjunct professor for two universities in leadership development.  Additionally, she has earned her Educational Specialist degree from Georgia State University.


 



IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

Janice B. Deshais (CT)

As Director of the Office of Adjudications at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection since 1999, Deshais conducts hearings and manages a diverse office docket that includes hearings on permits, appeals of enforcement orders, and mediations.

She also trains agency staff on hearings practice and advises the agency on matters impacting administrative hearings.

Jan has a BA in History and Political Science and an MA in Public Policy Studies. She received her JD from Western New England University School of Law and is admitted to the Connecticut and Massachusetts state and federal bars.

Jan has lectured at the University of Connecticut, School of Law and has served as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Jan has long been an active member of NAHO, serving as a regional representative, as Vice-President, and as President.  She remains on the Executive Committee of the NAHO Board of Directors as Immediate Past President.  She received NAHO certification in 2014.





AT-LARGE MEMBER

Wendy Johnson (TX)

Wendy Johnson is a Lead Hearings Officer for the Health and Human Services Commission in Texas.  She has been a hearings officer since 2008 has worked for the State of Texas since 1987.  She has a background in contract services and is a Texas Certified Contract Manager.

Mrs. Johnson received a Bachelor of Applied Science in 2015 and a Master of Business Administration in 2017, both from Wayland Baptist University.  She has been a NAHO member since 2008.  Although not currently certified, Mrs. Johnson became a Certified Hearing Official through NAHO in 2013.

Mrs. Johnson was appointed to the NAHO board as an At-Large Member in 2020.



CENTRAL REGION REPRESENTATIVE - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin 

 Dwain Fagerlund (MN)

Dwain Fagerlund has been an Administrative Hearing Officer with the North Dakota Department of Transportation for over 14 years. His cases typically involve driver's license suspensions and revocations. Before that, he worked in private practice for 15 years in civil litigation and general practice. He also provided law practice management consulting services. He is a qualified civil mediator and arbitrator in both Minnesota and North Dakota. He graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1989, with distinction. He is licensed in Minnesota and North Dakota. Dwain serves on the Advisory Council to the North Dakota Office of Administrative Hearings.  He has been a member of NAHO since 2011.




MOUNTAIN REGION REPRESENTATIVE - Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming

Sarah Huber (ND)

Sarah Huber is a Hearing Officer with the North Dakota Department of Transportation and is the NAHO Board member representing the Mountain Region.

In 2005, she obtained her B.A. in Social Work from Creighton University in Omaha and went on to work in youth rehabilitation programs in Nebraska, Utah, Colorado and Idaho. In 2009, she returned to Omaha to study law at Creighton, practicing as a senior-certified attorney in both its small business and civil litigation legal clinics. She obtained her J.D. in 2012.

After graduating law school, Sarah moved to Bismarck, North Dakota, and became an administrative hearing officer with the North Dakota Department of Transportation where her work includes hearings regarding driver’s licenses. Her decisions have been appealed as high as the U.S. Supreme Court. She has been a member of NAHO since 2013.




NORTHEAST REGION REPRESENTATIVE - Connecticut, Delaware, DC, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virgin Islands 

Mary Long (PA)

Judge Long serves Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission as an administrative law judge, presiding over matters involving Pennsylvania public utilities, including electric, gas, water, wastewater, transportation, telephone and railroad crossings.  Disputes include both consumer complaints against utilities as well as hearings on proposed rate increases, merger and reorganization petitions and applications to begin or cease public utility service.

Before her appointment to the PUC, Judge Long was a counsel to the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board primarily advising the Board Chairman, the Honorable George J. Miller.  Matters before the EHB included the resolution of water, air, and land permitting disputes as well as the review of enforcement actions by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

In 1993, Judge Long graduated magna cum laude from the Widener University School of Law, now known as the Commonwealth Law School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  After graduation she clerked for the Honorable Joseph T. Doyle of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, an intermediate appellate court with jurisdiction over cases by and against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Before attending law school, Judge Long graduated from the University of Pittsburgh.

Judge Long is a member of the National Association of Hearing Officials and the National Association of Administrative Law Judges. She has been certified as an Administrative Law Judge by NAHO.  Judge Long currently serves on the Board of NAHO as the Membership Representative for the Northeast and as the Continuing Education Committee Chair




SOUTHEAST REGION REPRESENTATIVE - Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia  

Richard Murrell (TN) 

Judge Murrell received his Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) from Harding University in 1975 and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, in December of 1982.  He was licensed to practice law by the Tennessee Supreme Court in 1983. He was admitted to practice at every level of Tennessee State Court, in the Western and Middle Districts of Tennessee Federal Court as well as the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Judge Murrell engaged in private practice for eighteen years before he began public service. In 2003, he joined the Office of the Tennessee Attorney General, serving as Assistant Attorney with the General Civil Division.  In 2005, Judge Murrell joined the Division of Workers’ Compensation (now the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation) where he served in several capacities including Director of Quality Assurance.  He was first appointed as an Administrative Judge for workers’ compensation civil penalty reviews in 2006. As a member of the National Association of Hearing Officials (NAHO), Judge Murrell earned the designation of Certified Administrative Law Judge in 2013. Judge Murrell was appointed as an Administrative Judge with the Office of the Secretary of State Administrative Procedures Division in 2018.

Judge Murrell has been trained as a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 General Civil and Family Law Mediator. He has studied Administrative Fair Hearings at the National Judicial College and received training in IDEA and Title IX Education Law as well as course work with the International Association of Appraising Officials regarding property tax assessment issues.  He is a former President and Board of Directors Member of the Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators, a former Board Member of the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services and a former Board Member of the Columbia Mediation Center.  He serves on the NAHO Board of Directors and its Certification Committee and is a member of the NAHO faculty for the Annual Professional Development Conference where he presents on various topics to administrative law judges and hearing officers from across the country. 




SOUTHWEST REGION REPRESENTATIVE - Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

Bobbie Marshall (TX)

Bobbie Marshall is a Lead Hearings Officer for Texas Health and Human Services Commission. She has served as a hearings officer for six years and has worked for the State of Texas for 13 years. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree from Texas Tech University. 

Mrs. Marshall became a member of NAHO in September 2015, and began assisting NAHO with updating NAHO’s Facebook and Twitter accounts in 2017.  Since then, she created NAHO's Instagram and LinkedIn, manages all of NAHO's social media accounts and content, and regularly updates the NAHO website. She previously served on the NAHO Board of Directors as the Member-At-Large.

Mrs. Marshall is passionate about NAHO’s mission to improve the fairness and effectiveness of the administrative hearings process and currently serves as the Southwest Region Representative.



WESTERN REGION REPRESENTATIVE - Alaska, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, American Samoa 

Marilyn Slifman (CA) 

Marilyn Slifman is a part-time independent contract Administrative Hearing Officer appointed in Orange County, California since 2015 and hears cases for Orange County Animal Care. She has been an attorney in California for 41 years and practiced full-time for 37 years in southern California.   She has a B.S.L. and a Juris Doctorate from Western State University, and is admitted to practice law in California, the U.S. Central District, and the United States Supreme Court.  She joined NAHO in 2017 and received NAHO Certification in 2018.  She was elected to the Board in 2020 and serves as the Western Regional Representative and Chair of the Membership Committee.

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