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About WF Staff and Board of Directors

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Senior Advisor
Paula Brantner

Paula Brantner recently stepped down as Executive Director of Workplace Fairness after serving in that position since 2008. She served as the Workplace Program Director from 2003 to 2007, writing legal content for the Webby-nominated site www.workplacefairness.org. Paula was the Program Director for Working America, the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, and the Working America Education Fund, from 2007-2008. From 1997-2001, she was the senior staff attorney at the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), heading NELA's amicus, legislative/policy, and judicial nominations programs. An employment lawyer for over 23 years, Brantner has degrees from UC-Hastings College of the Law and Michigan State University's James Madison College. She continues to advise the organization on website strategy and content and oversee WF's Content Licensing for Legal Websites program through her business PB Work Solutions, LLC.

Acting Executive Director
Shannon Elka Rusz

Shannon Rusz has been associated with Workplace Fairness since 2009. Since 2014 she has worked as a Content Manager helping to update the employment and labor law informational pages at workplacefairness.org, and assisting in putting out weekly content and newsletters for the website. Shannon is a manager and attorney practicing in the Annapolis, Maryland area. She received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Law degree from The George Washington University Law School. She now expands her role with Workplace Fairness as Acting Executive Director and will continue to work on content as well. 

Board of Directors

Wayne Outten
Outten & Golden, LLP
New York, NY

Vice President
Darnley D. Stewart
Outten & Golden, LLP
New York, NY

Vice President
Frederick Gittes
Gittes Law Group
Columbus, OH

Walt Auvil
Rusen & Auvil, PLLC
Parkersburg, WV

Connie McGuire
Washington, DC

Heidi M. Allison
Allison & Taylor, Inc.
Rochester Hills, MI

William Amlong
The Amlong Firm
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Shireen Mitchell
Digital Sisters, Inc. and Stop Online Violence Against Women 
Washington, DC

Fran L. Rudich
Klafter Olsen & Lesser LLP
Rye Brook, NY

Jasmine Sante
Sante Strategies
Washington, DC

Douglas Scherer
Touro Law Center
Huntington, NY


Wayne Outten
Outten & Golden, LLP
New York, NY

Paul Tobias
Tobias, Kraus & Torchia
Cincinnati, OH