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About Marcella Fleming Reed

JD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, PI

Marcella Fleming Reed

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

More than 30 years of legal experience, primarily in the area of employment law (e.g. discrimination, retaliation, harassment, workplace violence, disability issues), and providing advice and counsel on all aspects of employment.

  • Principal, MFR Law Group PLLC
  • Experience as an employment attorney with a large national law firm; in-house counsel (The Boeing Company); executive management (Director of Employee Relations for Boeing); private investigator principal; expert witness; and trainer.
    • Experience in labor relations including management of grievances, mid-term negotiations and strike operations.
    • Mediator and hearing officer.
    • Consulting and testifying expert for both plaintiffs and defendants regarding the efficacy of human resource policies, procedures, and practices.
    • More than 400 hours as an executive coach developing leadership skills and facilitating career transitions.

ADMISSIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed to practice law in Washington and Oregon
  • Licensed as a Private Investigator by Washington and Oregon
  • Certified Senior Professional in HR by the HR Certification Institute and the Society for HR Management
  • Certified Mediator by the Washington Mediation Association
  • Certified Gallup CliftonStrengths Coach

EDUCATION

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
  • M.A. and B.A. in Educational Administration and Elementary Education from the University of Iowa

CIVIC ACTIVITIES

  • Program Co-Chair, Greater Seattle Chapter of the Links, Inc.
  • HR Committee, YMCA of Snohomish County

About Trisa Kern

SHRM-CP

Marcella Fleming Reed

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • MFR Law Group PLLC
    • Experienced human resource professional providing advice and consultation, training, and thought partnership on centering and aligning diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace, including the creation of internal and external policies and practices, employee relations and support, equitable recruitment and retention, employee engagement, pay equity, and other professional and leadership development initiatives.
  • Sixteen years’ experience in management and executive leadership roles advancing human resources, business operations, development, equity, and technology initiatives for nonprofit organizations with national and local presence.
    • Served as human resources department head directing strategic initiatives that advanced human resources and business operations, policies, and practices that center diversity, equity, and inclusion; managed employee relations and support, recruitment, retention, employee engagement, mentorship, professional development, leadership development, training, labor-management relations, and other organizational human resources initiatives in a 50 employee unionized, bargaining-unit environment.
    • Advised and coached management and leadership team on employee relations, performance management, employee support and engagement, labor and employment law, difficult conversations, conflict resolution, restorative justice, and other strategies and promising practices tailored to improve individual outcomes for staff and the organization.
    • Promoted organizational diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives that centered race equity and cultural competence in the workplace including race-based caucusing, equitable recruitment and hiring, internal talent development, redesigning the performance review process, and rewriting organizational policies and practices through a race equity lens.
    • Supervised three departments and five direct reports to ensure that organization-wide administrative, development, equity, human resources, operations, and technology systems and initiatives advanced, and resources were appropriately managed and delegated on an administrative, capital, and fiscal level.
    • Advanced foundation relations for multiple philanthropic organizations including grant writing, report submission, site visits, relationship development, and annual and personalized fundraising communications.
    • Supervised organizational and program operations, including management of financial records, budgets, and audits for 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 organizations, maintenance of membership and development databases, and execution of educational and development programs.

ADMISSIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Society of Human Resources Management Certified Professional

EDUCATION

  • Master’s in Nonprofit Management from DePaul University
  • B.A. in English and Sociology from University of Missouri

PUBLICATIONS

  • Examining Unwritten HR Practices to Center Race Equity and Inclusion, MIE Journal (Winter, 2020).
  • Best Practices for Race-Based Caucusing in the Workplace. NHRMA Annual Conference, Portland, OR (October 2019).
  • Moving Beyond Business as Usual: Antiracist Recruitment and Hiring Practices. MIE Journal (Fall, 2019).
  • How to Write a Transition Memo: A Practical Guide. MIE Journal (Winter, 2014).

About Bill Reed

MBA, CPA, CGMA, CFF, CFE, PI

Marcella Fleming Reed

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • MFR Law Group PLLC
    • Chief Financial Officer
    • Investigator with specialized expertise in accounting, financial fraud, internal controls, and business transactions.
  • More than 20 years’ experience at technology (Microsoft), telecommunications (Nortel Networks), and food products (Mars) companies in a variety of senior level positions, including corporate controller and treasurer.
    • Expertise in strategic and annual planning, budgets and forecasts, cash flow analysis and management, business operations analysis, financial planning and analysis, and accounting and internal controls.
    • Managed software and hardware products turnkey manufacturing operation for Microsoft-North America operations. Scope of work included contract review and negotiation, relationship management, business analysis, budgeting and forecasting, financial and operation measurement and reporting, team building, and staff training and mentoring.
  • Nearly 20 years’ experience at Everett Community College (EVCC) as an Accounting faculty member. Experience teaching all levels of accounting courses and introduction to business.
    • Exceptional Faculty Award, EVCC
    • Diversity Award, EVCC
    • Advancing the Dream Award, Central Washington University (this award recognizes the outstanding contribution of business instructors in the twenty-nine (29) community colleges across Washington)

ADMISSIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Certified Public Accountant licensed in Washington and Tennessee (inactive)
  • Chartered Global Management Accountant licensed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • Certified in Financial Forensics by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Certified as Fraud Examiner by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Licensed as a Private Investigator by Washington and Oregon

EDUCATION

  • MBA from Western Washington University
  • B.S. in Business Administration from Union University
  • Associate of Science in Business Administration from Dyersburg State Community College

CIVIC ACTIVITIES

  • Co-founder of the EVCC Students of Color Career Conference, where over 2,000 middle and high school students attend each year
  • Founding Program Director of the Snohomish County NAACP and EVCC Youth Development Program
  • President’s Award Snohomish County NAACP
  • Former Commissioner, Washington State Commission on African American Affairs

About Anne E. Lyons

J.D., M.Ed.

Marcella Fleming Reed

More than 20 years advocating on behalf of individuals in the areas of education, disability, immigration, and voting, with a particular emphasis on expanding opportunity for children and youth from diverse socio-economic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. In addition, seven years as a lawyer advising large multinational corporations and governments in international trade and corporate matters. Experience in the non-profit, public, and private sectors in the United States and abroad.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • MFR Law Group PLLC
    • Consultant
    • Investigator responsible for providing human resource advice and conducting workplace investigations for small and large employers.
  • Reading Specialist, Special Education and Career Ladder Teacher, Seattle Public Schools (2010-2017).
    • Reading Specialist responsible for coordinating the design and implementation of data-driven remedial reading program for grades K-2, with particular focus on closing the achievement gap.
    • Developed and implemented Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for students with disabilities in consultation with school team and families.
    • Coached teachers on best practices in culturally responsive instruction, assessment, and family engagement.
    • Served on Student Support Team, Building Leadership Team, and Instructional Leadership Team in school with racially, ethnically, and economically diverse student population.
  • Attorney, International Trade Administration; Clinton-Gore Presidential Campaign and Transition; Van Bael & Bellis; and Piper and Marbury (1988-1995).
    • Led a team responsible for drafting annual reports to Congress on the strategic allocation of resources to support U.S. exports.
    • Served on the U.S. negotiating team in the U.S. – Japan bilateral trade negotiations.
    • Wrote briefing materials for high-level surrogates (e.g., members of Congress and governors) participating in campaign events and media interviews for Clinton-Gore 1992 campaign.
    • Interviewed senior agency officials and prepared report on international trade issues for Clinton-Gore Presidential transition team leadership.
    • Represented clients in anti-dumping investigations conducted by the European Commission; advised governments on multi-lateral trade agreements.
    • Drafted corporate governance and acquisition documents; conducted research and wrote memoranda.

ADMISSIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • District of Columbia Bar (inactive)
  • Washington State Teaching Certificate (Special Education and Reading: K-12)

EDUCATION

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
  • M.Ed., University of Washington
  • B.A., Cornell University

CIVIC ACTIVITIES

  • Immigrant Rights Volunteer, Kids in Need of Defense (2018 – present) – interviewed Latinx clients, compiled documentation, and drafted immigration applications.
  • Voter Protection Team Volunteer, Democratic Parties of MI, WI, and WA (2000 – 2020) – staffed voter protection hotlines, investigated voter suppression incidents, registered new voters, and conducted voter outreach (text, phone, and canvassing).
  • WA State Government Relations Leader/Volunteer, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (2003 – 2006) – led statewide volunteer efforts to advance JDRF funding and public policy objectives, lobbying elected officials in Olympia and Washington, D.C.

About Laura E. Yamashita

JD, PI 

Marcella Fleming Reed

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

More than 20 years of legal experience including litigating, counseling, and advising clients on various labor and employment issues (e.g. discrimination, retaliation, harassment, workplace violence, disability issues).

  • Attorney and investigator with MFR Law Group since 2003.
  • Experience as an employment attorney with a large, national law firm; in-house counsel (The Boeing Company); and executive management (Director of Regulatory Compliance for The Boeing Company).
    • Managed corporate compliance with state and federal employment laws, including affirmative action, discrimination, leave laws, disability, and wage and hour. Provided leadership, guidance, and training to business units across all states on employment issues.
    • Managed labor relations grievances and arbitrations and lead attorney for midterm negotiations.
    • In-house employment counsel managing litigation and providing legal advice on employment law issues.
    • Trainer and coach in areas including executive performance, sexual harassment, bystander training, implicit bias.

ADMISSIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed to practice law in Washington
  • Licensed as a Private Investigator by Washington

EDUCATION

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center (Cum Laude)
  • B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington

CIVIC ACTIVITIES

  • Core leadership for mercy missions to Gleanings for the Hungry – producing food for impoverished areas around the world (2015-2019)
  • Cambodia Mission Team – teaching English language to children in Battambong village school
  • Medical Missions to Vietnam, Cambodia
  • Sunny Hills Elementary PTA (2009 – 2013)
    • Golden Acorn Volunteer Award
    • Co-Vice President, VP Ways and Means, Art Docent
  • Cornerstone Christian Church
    • Marriage Mentors
    • Community Mentor for Young Women

About Anne M. Preston

Marcella Fleming Reed

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Nearly 33 years’ experience as a paralegal and executive assistant.

  • Paralegal and Executive Assistant for MFR Law Group (2016 – Present)
  • Executive Assistant for Westshore Management (2013 – Present)
    • Document manager for more than 17 commercial properties/entities, including tracking of all insurance-related matters
  • Between 1988 and 2016, provided professional paralegal and executive assistant services to more than 10 attorneys at several general business law firms. Areas of law included, but were not limited to, civil litigation (for both plaintiffs and defendants), employment, transactions, corporate, securities, intellectual property, real property, land use, and estate planning.
    • Discovery; research and analysis; drafting, preparation, and filing of court documents.
    • Drafting and preparation of other non-court related documents.
    • Other administrative law firm functions, including document management, time and billing management, and in-office IT support.

EDUCATION

  • Associates of Technical Arts Degree from Edmonds Community College in 1987
  • Associates of Arts/Sciences from Everett Community College in 1986

CIVIC ACTIVITIES

  • Marysville Music Boosters (2012 – 2015)
  • Northwest Organization for Animal Help (2011 – 2015)
    • Matchmaker, assisting the public in selection and adoption of dogs and cats;
    • Dog walker; cat and dog socializer; general training of dogs

About Anissa Uscocovich

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Twelve years’ experience as Legal Secretary and Executive Assistant
    • Paralegal and Executive Assistant for MFR Law Group (2020 – Present; 2005-2008)
    • Legal Secretary for international law firm (1998 – 2004)
      • Provided legal secretarial support to three attorneys in the real estate group in preparation of all legal documents: extensive blacklining, drafted general correspondence, maintained chronological files, ensured receipt and delivery of communications, entered and finalized time entry. Answered phones, coordinated travel arrangements, maintained calendars, and scheduled meetings; processed petty cash, check requests, and expense reports as needed.
      • Provided secretarial assistance to five attorneys in the litigation, labor and employment, and IP groups. Prepared pleadings, complaints, discovery, agreements, and other various legal documents. Maintained client and administrative files for all assignments. Coordinated court filings, travel arrangements, and meetings. Drafted correspondence. Processed travel expenses, proofread time entries, apprised assignments of appointments, and organized work products. Took dictation as needed.
    • Office Manager and Executive Assistant (1996-1998)
  • Twelve years’ experience as Assistant Chief Home Officer (2008 – present)
  • Vacation Rental Manager/Owner (2018 – present)

EDUCATION

  • Associate Degree from Pensacola Christian College