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
Melissa J. Hamilton, ACP
Melissa J. Hamilton, ACP

President

Bismarck, North Dakota

Debra L. Overstreet, ACP
Debra L. Overstreet, ACP

Vice President

Porter, Oklahoma

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

Secretary

Saint Johns, Michigan

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

Treasurer

Orlando, Florida

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

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

Certifying Board Chair

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Alicia R. Mitchell-Mercer, ACP
Alicia R. Mitchell-Mercer, ACP

Continuing Education Council Chair

Charlotte, North Carolina

Melissa M. Klimpel, ACP
Melissa M. Klimpel, ACP

Professional Development Committee Chair

Bismarck, North Dakota

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

CEO

Tulsa, OK

*indicates non-voting member

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.

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; Jaye Koch, ACP; Tracy Landry, ACP; Nanci Lilja, ACP; Christine K. Lillo, ACP; Tracie L. Livesay, ACP; Shannon Moran Simler; Carl Morrison, ACP; Tom Pokladowski, JD; Lisa M. Stone, ACP (Chair)

  • Planning conference education sessions
  • Developing, coordinating, and facilitating continuing education programs and certification review courses
  • Producing Facts & Findings

Members: Lucinda L. Calhoun; Sheila A. Grela, ACP; Eva M. Merrell, ACP; Alicia R. Mitchell-Mercer, ACP (Chair); Korinne R. Morris, ACP; Deborah M. Paul, CP (Past Chair); Laura B. Reaves, CP; Shannon C. Rezanina, ACP; Desire D. Smith, CP; Jackie A. Van Dyke, CP; Deana M. Waters, ACP

  • 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: Yolanda A. Garcia, CP (Chair) and Adrienne D. Berry, CP

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

Members: Caroline C. Wilkerson, 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
  • Keeping up to date on activities affecting the paralegal profession
  • Oversee the development of professional development courses

Members: Kristine Custodio Suero, ACP; Kelly S. Elder, ACP; Jennifer R. Finch, ACP; Kaila L. Glaros, ACP; Melissa Klimpel, ACP (Chair); Airolyn T. Loggins, ACP; Debby J. Sawyer, ACP; Caroline C. Wilkerson, ACP (Ethics Chair)

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

CEO

Tulsa, OK

Melody Drew
Melody Drew

Certification Manager

Tracy Creamer
Tracy Creamer

Education Manager

JessicaLynn Nazarian
JessicaLynn Nazarian

Marketing Specialist

Chelsea Minyard
Chelsea Minyard

Member Services Representative - Recertification

Vanessa Williamson
Vanessa Williamson

Member Services Representative - Membership

Sabrina Smith
Sabrina Smith

Member Services Representative - Certification

Paul Watson
Paul Watson

Controller

Patrice Pratt
Patrice Pratt

Affiliates and Education Outreach Manager

Mariah Williams
Mariah Williams

Director of Operations

Paula VanStraten
Paula VanStraten

Director of Projects/Executive Support