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

Sharon D. Jones, ACP
Sharon D. Jones, ACP

Affiliated Associations Director

Sugarland, Texas

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

Jeanne M. Elliott, ACP
Jeanne M. Elliott, ACP

At Large Director

Wexford, Pennsylvania

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

At Large Director

Wahoo, Nebraska

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

Continuing Education Council (CEC) Chair

Fairbanks, Alaska

Kristine M. Custodio Suero, ACP
Kristine M. Custodio Suero, ACP

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee (DEI) Chair

San Diego, California

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

Professional Development Committee (PDC) Chair

Omaha, Nebraska

Christine K. Lillo, ACP*
Christine K. Lillo, ACP*

Certifying Board Chair

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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:  Christine K. Lillo, ACP (Chair); Kimberly Brown, ACP; Cathy L. Davis, ACP; Jennifer Devine, ACP; Tammy Manning Dickerson, CP; Torii Ransome Freeman, JD (Public Member); Kye Haymore, JD;  Jaye L. Koch, ACP; Tracie L. Livesay, ACP; Tom Pokladowski, JD; Lisa M. Stone, ACP (Past Chair)

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

Members: Deana M. Waters, ACP (Chair); Kendal M. Cantrell, ACP; Sarah Duggan, CP; Jennifer R. Finch, ACP; Sheila A. Grela, ACP; Jeanie C. Johnson, ACP; Jennifer F. Salisbury, CP; Juanita Serrano, ACP; Desire D. Smith, CP; Brian Snow, 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: Kristine M. Custodio Suero, ACP (Chair); Krystyl Jenkins, ACP, Terri Walters, CP

 

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

Member(s): Melody S. Johnson, CP (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: Kelly S. Elder, ACP (Chair); Adrienne D. Berry, ACP: Dawnne L. Linenbrink, ACP, Mary Mayer, ACP; Laura B. Reaves, CP; Maureen Washington, ACP; Caroline C. Wilkerson, ACP

NALA Staff
Vanessa (Vinnie) Finley, MBA, CAE
Vanessa (Vinnie) Finley, MBA, CAE

CEO

Mariah Williams
Mariah Williams

Director of Operations

Paula VanStraten
Paula VanStraten

Director of Projects & Executive Support

Paul Watson, CPA
Paul Watson, CPA

Controller

Melody Drew
Melody Drew

Certification Manager

Patrice Pratt
Patrice Pratt

Communications & External Relations Manager

Sierra Pratt
Sierra Pratt

Education Coordinator

Cate Benge
Cate Benge

Membership Coordinator

Callie Spencer
Callie Spencer

Communications Specialist

Kelsey Humphrey
Kelsey Humphrey

Graphic Designer/Social Media Specialist

Bonita Harris
Bonita Harris

Member Services Representative - Administrative Support

Fayth Johnson
Fayth Johnson

Member Services Representative - Certification

Sabrina Smith
Sabrina Smith

Member Services Representative - Pre-Certification

Vanessa Williamson
Vanessa Williamson

Member Services Representative - Membership

Mary Carwile
Mary Carwile

Member Services Representative - Partner Relationships