Our Staff

Baylor University's Office of General Counsel employs 11 full time staff; seven attorneys, the director of governmental relations and three administrative staff. Members of the Office of General Counsel participate in a number of higher education and professional organizations, including the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), National Association of College and University Business Officer (NACUBO), Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), EDUCAUSE, Higher Education Legal Managers (HELM), Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT), Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Staff

Christopher W. Holmes
General Counsel

Christopher Holmes is responsible for providing legal advice to Baylor in a number of areas including corporate governance, tax, privacy, development, and financial and investment operations. Prior to coming to Baylor in 2002, he served as general counsel to Dallas Baptist University and worked in private practice in Dallas. Holmes currently serves as the Chair of the National Association of College and University Attorneys’ Committee on Legal Education. He has previously served on NACUA’s board of directors and is a recipient of NACUA’s First Decade Award for his volunteer service to the organization. Holmes is a frequent speaker on legal issues for NACUA and other higher education organizations. Holmes has also served on Internet2’s InCommon Steering Committee. Holmes received his J.D., with Honors, from the University of Texas School of Law in 1991 and a B.A. in political science from Baylor University in 1988.

David E. Alexander
Assistant General Counsel

David Alexander joined the Office of General Counsel as Assistant General Counsel in August 2016 after a 25-year career in private practice in Pocatello, Idaho, with Racine Olson Nye Budge & Bailey, Chtd. He also served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Idaho State University from 2012 to 2015. He graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio in 1983, and after four years covering sports for an Arkansas newspaper, David earned a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1990. After graduation, he served as a law clerk for Judge Harold Satz of the Missouri Court of Appeals. His responsibilities at Baylor include student conduct issues, HIPAA and FERPA compliance, and immigration.

Lenda Callaway
Legal Support Specialist

Lenda Callaway is a Legal Support Specialist in the Office of General Counsel. She assists OGC attorneys in the administration of the International Travel, Domestic Travel, and Special Events programs. Lenda holds a BA in English and History from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor and has 25 years of higher education experience.

Felicia F. Cruz
Director of Legal International Services

Felicia Cruz joined the Office of General Counsel in 2004 as a Legal Secretary. She currently serves as Director of Legal International Services for Baylor University in the Office of General Counsel and has held that position since 2014. She also serves as Assistant Secretary to the Board of Regents. Felicia currently has 19 years of legal experience in various fields. She coordinates the immigration and work authorization programs for faculty and/or staff at Baylor. She provides support to all attorneys and staff within the Office of General Counsel and assists with legal needs of other university departments.

Marsha J. Duckworth
Senior Director for Board and Legal Services

Marsha Duckworth is Senior Director for Board and Legal Services for Baylor University, Waco, Texas. She has been employed at Baylor and held this position since May 1985. Marsha holds a B.A. from Baylor University. Her duties within OGC include oversee, assign and coordination of incoming and outgoing assignments for the attorneys; handle Board of Regents matters; serve as Assistant Secretary to the Board; oversee litigation support services; contact person between attorneys and clients on sensitive issues; and work on special projects as directed by the Board of Regents, the Office of the President and/or General Counsel.

Rochonda Farmer-Neal
Governmental Relations Director

Rochonda Farmer-Neal is the Governmental Relations Director for Baylor University. She has experience working in government relations with both public and private entities. Prior to coming to Baylor in 2008, Rochonda served in various capacities for Texas Health and Human Services agencies and as Government Relations Manager for the Texas Association of Counties. As Director, she communicates the university’s legislative message and serves as a liaison between the university and various governmental entities. She oversees federal and state governmental relations teams as well as monitors proposed legislation to determine potential impact to the university. Rochonda serves as an Advisor to Baylor Ambassadors, a student organization that advocates on federal and state issues impacting college students. She is the recipient of several awards including the 2019 Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas’ Carol L. McDonald Public Service Award and the Baylor Student Government Staff Member of the Year Award and Baylor University Advisor of the Year in 2013. She earned her master’s from Baylor University and bachelor’s from Texas Woman’s University. Rochonda is a member of Alumni of Leadership Texas, PowerPipeline, Leadership Plenty, and the Governor’s Educational Leadership Development Program. She serves as a volunteer and facilitator for several community organizations.

David R. Iler

Deputy General Counsel

David Iler is primarily responsible for coordinating litigation for the University and assisting the General Counsel on other matters as requested. Prior to coming to Baylor, David spent over 31 years in the litigation department of Norton Rose Fulbright (formerly Fulbright & Jaworski). David received his B.A. from Baylor University and his J.D. from Baylor University School of Law. He previously served as an adjunct faculty member at University of Houston Law School.

Joanie S. Pustejovsky
Staff Attorney

Joanie Pustejovsky joined Baylor’s Office of General Counsel in March 2020, transitioning from representing Baylor University for over fourteen years in the Tax and Compliance Office. Joanie received her BBA in Accounting and MAcc, Magna Cum Laude, from Baylor in 2003 and her Juris Doctorate with a concentration in Business Litigation from Baylor University School of Law in 2006. Her primary areas of responsibility are risk management, insurance, construction, aviation/travel and intern/practicum agreements.

Christopher "Kit" Riehl
Associate General Counsel

Kit Riehl is an Associate General Counsel for Baylor University. Kit joined Baylor's Office of General Counsel in June 2002. Before coming to Baylor he spent ten years in private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Kit received his Juris Doctor from Baylor University School of Law. His primary areas of responsibility at Baylor include: intellectual property, sponsored research, technology transfer, trademark licensing, and export control regulations.

Lisa Turner
Associate General Counsel

Lisa Turner is an Associate General Counsel for Baylor University. Lisa received her J.D. from Arizona State University. She has earned two M.S. degrees. Prior to Baylor, she served in the federal government where her duties included teaching at a post-J.D. law school. She also served as the senior lawyer for an organization responsible for a range of instruction, including technical schools through an SACSCOC accredited university which awards master and doctoral degrees. Her primary areas of concentration at Baylor include employment law, athletics, and policy review and support.

Doug Welch
Associate General Counsel, Chief Privacy Officer and HIPAA Privacy Officer

Doug Welch joined the Office of General Counsel in 2006, and has also served as Chief Compliance Officer for the University.  He is primarily responsible for providing counsel to the University’s offices for advancement & development, endowment & investments, information technology services and real estate services, as well as assisting with litigation management and serving as the institution’s Chief Privacy Officer and HIPAA Privacy Officer. Doug has been a frequent speaker on data privacy issues in higher education at regional and national conferences. Prior to coming to Baylor, Doug was in private civil trial and appellate practice in Lubbock, Texas.  He also served as adjunct law faculty at Texas Tech University School of Law, teaching Legal Research & Writing.  Doug graduated from Baylor in 1986 with a BBA in Accounting and from Texas Tech in 1992 with a Doctor of Jurisprudence, where he also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Tech Law Review.  After graduation, he served as Briefing Attorney for the Hon. Sam R. Cummings, US District Judge for the Northern District of Texas.  Prior to law school, Doug worked as a CPA for Arthur Andersen & Co. in Houston.