Leadership

Leadership

At NALA, our staff and board members each play a vital role in keeping our organization running smoothly. From representing the interests of the paralegal profession to delivering value and opportunities for our members and affiliates, our team carries NALA to the highest standard.

Board of Directors
Debra L. Overstreet, ACP
Debra L. Overstreet, ACP

President

Porter, Oklahoma

Cheryl J. Nodarse, ACP
Cheryl J. Nodarse, ACP

Vice President

Saint Johns, Michigan

Peonca S. Grier, CP
Peonca S. Grier, CP

Secretary

Orlando, Florida

Debby J. Sawyer, ACP
Debby J. Sawyer, ACP

Treasurer

Nashville, Tennessee

Bridget M. Stuhr, ACP
Bridget M. Stuhr, ACP

Affiliated Associations Director

Wahoo, Nebraska

Dana G. Welcker, ACP
Dana G. Welcker, ACP

Area 1 Director

Fleming Island, Florida

Angela A. Oberle, ACP
Angela A. Oberle, ACP

Area 2 Director

Pawnee Rock, Kansas

Vicki L. Kasper, ACP
Vicki L. Kasper, ACP

Area 3 Director

Midvale, Utah

Richard Hahn, ACP
Richard Hahn, ACP

At Large Director

Leesburg, Virginia

Cassie D. Snyder, ACP
Cassie D. Snyder, ACP

At Large Director

Ocoee, Florida

Deana M. Waters, ACP
Deana M. Waters, ACP

Continuing Education Council (CEC) Chair

Fairbanks, Alaska

Kelly S. Elder, ACP
Kelly S. Elder, ACP

Professional Development Committee (PDC) Chair

Omaha, Nebraska

Lisa M. Stone, ACP*
Lisa M. Stone, ACP*

Certifying Board Chair

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Vanessa Finley, MBA, CAE*
Vanessa Finley, MBA, CAE*

CEO

Tulsa, Oklahoma

*indicates non-voting member

Board and Committees

Certifying Board Mission Statement

The NALA Certifying Board is committed to setting, improving, and evolving the professional certification standards by which paralegals demonstrate exceptional knowledge, skills, and integrity.

Vision Statement

The premier national certification credential for paralegals.

The NALA Certifying Board for Paralegals is responsible for the content, standards, and administration of the CP Certified Paralegal® Program. It is composed of paralegals who have received an Advanced Paralegal Certification designation, attorneys, and paralegal educators.

In the technical areas of statistical analyses, examination construction, reliability, and validity tests, the Board contracts with a professional consulting firm offering expertise in these areas as well as in occupational research. Technical and content analyses of the Certified Paralegal Examination are conducted on an ongoing basis to ensure the integrity and accuracy of the examination with job analysis studies conducted appropriately every six years.

Members:  Kimberly A.S. Brown, ACP (Past Chair); Cathy L. Davis, ACP; Jennifer Devine, ACP; Tammy Manning Dickerson, CP; Torii Ransome Freeman, JD (Public Member); Donna W. Gilliland, ACP; Kye W. Haymore, JD; Christine K. Lillo, ACP; Tracie L. Livesay, ACP; Shannon Moran Simler; Carl Morrison, ACP; Tom Pokladowski, JD; Lisa M. Stone, ACP (Chair)

  • Plan conference education sessions
  • Develop, coordinate, and facilitate continuing education programs and certification review courses
  • Produce Facts & Findings

Members: Lucinda L. Calhoun; Jennifer R. Finch, ACP; Sonya W. Graves, ACP; Sheila A. Grela, ACP; Jeanie C. Johnson, ACP; Eva M. Merrell, ACP; Korinne R. Morris, ACP; Jennifer F. Salisbury, CP; Desire D. Smith, CP; Deana M. Waters, ACP (Chair)

  • Further the goals of the Corporation to encourage, support, and maintain high standards in diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Monitor diversity, equity, and inclusion trends and issues
  • Work to address diversity, equity, and inclusion to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion to foster meaningful, open, and constructive dialog throughout the Corporation to celebrate diversity of its members and leaders
  • Work within the Corporation to celebrate the diversity of its members and leaders
  • Strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives throughout the Corporation

Members: Kristine M. Custodio Suero, ACP (Chair); Sarah Duggan, CP

This committee shall report any violations of the Code of Ethics adopted by the Corporation to the directors for appropriate action.

Members: Adrienne D. Berry, ACP (Chair)

  • Maintain Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • Maintain Model Standards and Guidelines for Utilization of Paralegals
  • Provide articles for Facts & Findings
  • Oversee the research and publishing of the National Utilization and Compensation Survey
  • Keep up to date on activities affecting the paralegal profession
  • Oversee the development of professional development courses

Members: Adrienne D. Berry, ACP (Ethics Chair); Kelly S. Elder, ACP (Chair); Kaila L. Glaros, ACP; Melissa Klimpel, ACP (Past Chair); Dawnne L. Linenbrink, ACP, Airolyn T. Loggins, ACP; Laura B. Reaves, CP; Caroline C. Wilkerson, ACP

NALA Staff
Vanessa Finley, MBA, CAE*
Vanessa Finley, MBA, CAE*

CEO

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Paula VanStraten
Paula VanStraten

Director of Projects & Executive Support

Mariah Williams
Mariah Williams

Director of Operations

Paul Watson, CPA
Paul Watson, CPA

Controller

Tracy Creamer
Tracy Creamer

Education Manager

Melody Drew
Melody Drew

Certification Manager

Patrice Pratt
Patrice Pratt

Manager of Member Engagement and Retention

Leslie Gardner
Leslie Gardner

Communications Specialist

Sarah Jeffries
Sarah Jeffries

Member Services Representative - Education

Sabrina Smith
Sabrina Smith

Member Services Representative - Certification

Chelsea Minyard
Chelsea Minyard

Member Services Representative - Recertification

Cate Benge
Cate Benge

Office Administrator

Bonita Harris
Bonita Harris

Member Services Representative - Affiliated Associations

Vanessa Williamson
Vanessa Williamson

Member Services Representative - Membership