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Nominations/Elections

2019 Slate of Declared Candidates

ELECTIONS WILL BE OPEN:   October 1- 5, 2018

President Bea LeVine, CP, FRP
First Vice President Asha Maharaj-Lucas, FRP
Second Vice President Sherry Webber, CP, FCP, FRP
Secretary Marcia Muldoon, CP, FRP
Treasurer Jennifer Heape, CP, FRP
Director-at-Large William M. Hamrick, FRP

 

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Sincerely,

Amy J. Schaffer, ACP, FRP
PAF Elections Chair
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2018 EXECUTIVE BOARD CANDIDATES

PRESIDENT

Bea LeVine, CP, FRP

Bea LeVine is a paralegal with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC in Tampa, Florida and received her Paralegal Certificate from Paralegal Careers, Inc., and has been a member of the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc. (“PAF”) since 2005.  She is the current President of PAF, and previously served PAF as the 1st Vice-President (2015-2017) and 2nd Vice-President (2013-2015).  Bea is also an active member and past President (2011-2012) of the Hillsborough County Chapter where she also was Director (2005-2015) and Newsletter Editor (2009-2014).

Bea has been a member of NALA since 1990, and was Director of Florida Legal Assistants, Inc. (1993-1994).  She is actively involved with Keiser University Advisory Council (2013-present), Epilepsy Services Foundation, Inc. (2005-present), James A Haley Veterans Hospital (2005-2015), and does pro bono for community churches.  In 2015, she received the NALA Affiliate Award and in 2016 received the Paralegal of the Year Award from the Florida Bar – Solo and Small Firm Section.

Bea responded to the following two questions as follows:

1)  What do you feel makes you uniquely qualified to serve in the position for which you seek election?

“Commitment, passion, dedication, experience.  Professional mentor and friend to all … I love what I do and want to pay it forward.”

2)  What do you see as the most important issues facing our professions and how  would you respond to these issues as a Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc., Board member?

“Continuing education for our members and providing a sound network of resources.  Nurturing our paralegal students and providing them with a solid foundation for professional growth.”

FIRST VICE PRESIDENT

Asha Maharaj-Lucas, FRP

Asha Maharaja-Lucas is an executive assistant/paralegal with PSC in Tallahassee, Florida and received her B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University.  Asha is a member of the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc. (“PAF”) and current 2nd Vice-President in charge of membership applications and membership benefits.  She has chaired the PAF Scholarship Committee (2015-present), Student Membership Committee (2016 – present), and Seminar Committee (2017-present).  Asha is an active member and past/interim president (2015-2017, 2018) of the Big Bend Chapter where she also was Vice-President (2013-2015), Newsletter Committee Chair (2015-2016), Job Bank Committee (2015-2016), and Website Committee Chair (2015-present).

Asha responded to the following two questions as follows:

1)  What do you feel makes you uniquely qualified to serve in the position for which you seek election?

“I am a dedicated member of this association with the goal of growing our membership and increasing our presence through out the state.  During my time as PAF 2nd Vice-President, I was able to secure member benefits for all members, and I would like to continue moving our association forward by making changes to the seminar process, ultimately turning them into more of a moneymaking event.  My time as PAF 2nd Vice-President has allowed me to create some excellent relationships with vendors, other legal associations and members of this association which I intent to use to promote changes to the seminar process currently in place.”

2)  What do you see as the most important issues facing our professions and how       would you respond to these issues as a Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc., Board         member?

“Our issues are many but if we can strengthen our financial standings we can make changes across the board and start giving back to our members.”

SECOND VICE PRESIDENT

Sherry C. Webber, CP, FCP, FRP

Sherry Webber is a Paralegal III with the Palm Beach County Attorney’s office in West Palm Beach, Florida, and received her A.S. in Paralegal Studies from South University.  Sherry is a member of the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc. (“PAF”), and an active member of the Palm Beach County Chapter where she has held various positions from Treasurer to President since 1999.  She is the Editor of In Brief for PAF (2014-present), Career Network Chair for Palm Beach County Chapter (2016-present), and Law Week Committee Chair (2004-present).  She is actively involved with the Palm Beach County Bar Association and assists with joint law week programs (2005-present) as well as United Way of Palm Beach County (2005-present).

Sherry responded to the following two questions as follows:

1)  What do you feel makes you uniquely qualified to serve in the position for which you seek election?

“I believe my twenty plus years of experience on both the state and local levels, serving on various committees and positions, has helped give me the knowledge and skills to assist current members with their needs and reach out to potential members for our association and profession.”

2)  What do you see as the most important issues facing our professions and how would you respond to these issues as a Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc., Board  member?

“Education and knowledge.  I would do my best to disseminate information and assistance to potential members, legal community and the public as a whole concerning rules, regulations and roles of paralegals.”

SECRETARY

Marcia Muldoon, CP, FRP

Marcia Muldoon is a paralegal with Mathews Eastmoore in Sarasota, Florida and attended Northwestern Michigan College.  Marcia is a member of the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc. (“PAF”), and current Secretary and past NALA Liaison (2015-2017).  Marcia is an active member and past president (2013-2015) of the Suncoast Chapter, where she was also 1st Vice-President (2011-2013), Newsletter Chair (2013-2015), Seminar Committee Chair (2011 & 2016).  Marcia is a member of NALA (2000-present) and the Florida Bar – Solo and Small Firm Section (2017-present).  She is actively involved with the Twelfth Judicial High School Mock Trial Competition, SCF Paralegal Advisory Board, and was a volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters (1989), team manager for SUSL, FC Sarasota and Suncoast Sports soccer teams (2003-2014), and Sarasota High soccer booster (2010-2014).  In 2017, she received the Paralegal of the Year Award from the Florida Bar – Solo and Small Firm Section and received the Making a Difference Award from NALA in 2018.

Marcia responded to the following two questions as follows:

1)  What do you feel makes you uniquely qualified to serve in the position for which you seek election?

” I have over 30 years of legal experience and have held the secretary position for the past year. I’ve been involved with PAF at both the state and local chapter levels for many years holding various positions and enjoy helping where needed.”

2)  What do you see as the most important issues facing our professions and how       would you respond to these issues as a Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc., Board         member?

” Recognition of the value a paralegal has to the legal profession. We need to continue to work closely with the state and local bar associations to help them understand how valuable a paralegal can be to a legal practice. We also need to continue mentoring students and speaking at high schools and colleges about the paralegal profession and how it impacts the legal community.”

TREASURER

Jennifer Heape, CP, FRP

Jennifer Heape is a paralegal with Spohrer & Dodd in Jacksonville, Florida.  She received her B.A. and Paralegal Certificate from the University of North Florida and is a member of the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc. (“PAF”), and current Treasurer. Jennifer is an active member and past President (2015-2017) of the First Coast Chapter.  She has been and currently is First Vice-President (2014-2015, 2017-present), and DAL School/Student Liaison (2012-2014) of the First Coast Chapter.  Jennifer has also been a member of the FSCJ Paralegal Studies Advisory Committee.

Jennifer responded to the following two questions as follows:

1)  What do you feel makes you uniquely qualified to serve in the position for which you seek election?

” Having served as the treasurer of PAF for this past term, I have a unique understanding of how vital this role is to our organization.  Having a clear understanding of PAF’s finances has allowed me to voice concerns and help bring about change for the benefit of all PAF members.”

2)  What do you see as the most important issues facing our professions and how       would you respond to these issues as a Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc., Board         member?

” I feel that professionalism is vital to any occupation but essential to paralegals.  I think it is important to educate other paralegals but also vital to lead by example.”

DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE

William “Mike” Hamrick, FRP

Mike Hamrick is employed as a paralegal with the City of Tallahassee, Florida.  He received his B.S. in Legal Studies from University of Central Florida and his B.A. in Accounting from Flagler College.  Mike is a member of the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc. (“PAF”) and the current Interim Director-At-Large and At-Large Social Media Chair.  Mike is an active member and current Treasurer (2016-present) of the Big Bend Chapter and is also the Social Media Chair (2016-present), Newsletter Editor (July 2018 – present) and a member of the 2018 Seminar Committee.  He is actively involved with Guardian Ad Litem Program-2nd Circuit (2017-present), was a volunteer for Red Cross Disaster Relief-Irma (September 2017); Alumni of City of Tallahassee NPSI Leadership Development and Succession Planning Program (2016).

Mike responded to the following two questions as follows:

1)  What do you feel makes you uniquely qualified to serve in the position for which you seek election?

“Currently in position, currently work with Executive Committee and PAF Board of Directors.”

2)  What do you see as the most important issues facing our professions and how       would you respond to these issues as a Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc., Board         member?

” Lack of defined duties/job descriptions, minimum education, training, experience. Shift of nomenclature regarding legal secretaries now widely referred to as “legal assistants,” which by most official definitions is synonymous with “paralegal.” Lack of regulations, career trajectory. “