A veteran with more than 25 years experience as a legal assistant and office manager, Cindy Brown has joined CFM as its Office Manager. She follows in the footsteps of Donna McClelland, long-time Office Manager, who is one of the original members of the firm and will continue to work part-time on special projects.
Among other responsibilities, Cindy’s experience includes managing duties such as staff development, training and budget oversight. At CFM she is responsible for supervision of personnel issues, billing, bookkeeping, regulatory compliance for CFM’s state and federal lobbying practices and other duties.
“She’s been with us since September and has done a great job taking over the reins from Donna,” says CFM President Gary Conkling. “We are lucky to have her on board.”
Prior to CFM, Cindy worked with the law firm of Bullivant Houser Bailey, P.C. from 1997 to 2011 in its Vancouver, Washington office. Before Bullivant, she was employed from 1985 to 1997 at the law firm of Williams & Troutwine, P.C in Portland.
Cindy is a lifelong resident of the Portland-Vancouver area. Married for nearly 25 years, she has a daughter attending the University of Washington. Her Interests include cooking, health and wellness, hiking and entertaining.
Donna will continue with CFM in a part-time role. She was CFM’s first Office Manger, starting on Day 1 in 1990 and retiring in 2007, only to resume her position at the start of 2011.
Also joining the CFM administrative team is Beverly Melven as Bookkeeper/Administrative Support. She is a former editorial assistant for Alaska magazine and The Milepost, with more than 10 years experience in bookkeeping and banking operations. She brings a broad range of work experience in addition to her bookkeeping skills.