Wagenmaker & Oberly is committed to serving as trusted advisors to nonprofit organizations across the nation. How do we deliver? Often through attorney-client services supported by our law firm’s dedicated and extremely capable paralegal staff. Our firm’s paralegals take care of a myriad of responsibilities including tax and corporate filings, electronic corporate notebook development, annual report reminders, real estate tasks, and litigation assistance. We are thankful for each paralegal who serves clients alongside the firm’s attorneys, and we are delighted now to share a little about each paralegal team member.
As our Senior Paralegal and Office Manager, Garry Arkema makes sure our paralegal staff regularly delivers on the Wagenmaker & Oberly commitment to strengthen, refine, and advance our clients’ missions. Garry’s background in nonprofit work includes experience as a food program manager for a Chicagoland church, where he supervised the distribution of regular meals for underprivileged people in the area. Considering his work at Wagenmaker & Oberly, Garry observes, “After working in a local church for decades and running into lots of legal questions, I’m glad to be part of a team that knows how to help organizations through a wide variety of legal issues.” Garry’s six years of dedication to Wagenmaker & Oberly and his expertise across legal areas is greatly appreciated by each member of our firm and its clients.
Emily Taetzsch has worked with our firm since early 2019. A graduate of Wheaton College, she earned a B.A in Philosophy with an English literature integration. Her paralegal services span various practice groups, including Dispute Resolution, Federal Tax, and State Tax & Licensing. Reflecting on her time at our firm, Emily says, “The name Wagenmaker & Oberly is synonymous with care for clients and coworkers. Our law partners constantly pursue excellence, and it shows: in our high-quality legal counsel that empowers our clients to make a positive impact in the world, and in our outstanding workplace culture.” Emily will be heading off to Notre Dame Law School this fall, and we wish her the very best of success!
Since graduating from Wheaton College and joining our team in early 2020, Isabelle Flitsch’s paralegal work has expanded to cover several practice groups, including Corporate, Startups, and Real Estate. Isabelle says regarding her work at Wagenmaker & Oberly, “I enjoy getting to see the ways our legal team meets the practical needs of nonprofits. It’s inspiring to learn nonprofits’ stories and to play a supportive role in their charitable missions.” Isabelle looks forward to learning more about the nonprofit sector through her legal work, and she plans to further expand her horizons by running her first half marathon in September 2021.
When asked what she enjoys most about working at Wagenmaker & Oberly, Anthea Enbah reports, “I love that the work we do allows us to play a part in every mission of the nonprofits we serve.” Anthea is a recent graduate from Wheaton College, with a B.A. in International Relations and Spanish. Anthea joined our firm in November 2020 and currently works in the firm’s State Tax & Licensing, Risk Management, and Fundraising practice groups. As she looks forward to summer, Anthea is also eagerly anticipating a reduced commute when she moves soon from the tranquil west suburbs to the vibrant metropolis of downtown Chicago.
Rebecca Resendiz joined our firm in December 2020. She has lived in West Chicago for over 20 years, and she and her three children cherish their city and its residents. Before coming to Wagenmaker & Oberly, she was the office manager at a national CPA firm that primarily serves nonprofits. In that role, she says, “I found my love for the nonprofit sector and also realized there is still so much good in the world.” Rebecca’s work at our firm is focused in four practice groups: Corporate, Startups, Fundraising, and Dispute Resolutions. Of her work at Wagenmaker & Oberly, Rebecca says she loves to serve people and to solve problems. “It is particularly satisfying work to do for the nonprofit sector. The added benefit is how much I learn from the work [nonprofits] do. It has been a real joy to me.”
Tara Jacob also came to Wagenmaker & Oberly in December 2020. Tara resides in downtown Chicago and previously worked in the multi-family property management industry. She uses her skills in four of our firm’s practice groups: Startups, Federal Tax, Intellectual Property, and Employment. Regarding her work at our firm, Tara reflects, “I enjoy administrative work that supports our firm and our clients to engage in their communities in a positive way.”