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PAF Leadership Team

2022 State Leadership Team

 

Asha Maharaj-Lucas, FRP – Interim President & Immediate Past President  

Asha Maharaj-Lucas has been a paralegal 20 plus years, beginning her career in the Federal Court System in the Northern District of New Jersey. In 2004, she relocated to Tallahassee. She is a strong advocate for the paralegal profession and focuses on strengthening resources and education for those currently in the profession, while inspiring budding students beginning their careers!

Asha has been diligently working with the Big Bend Chapter to continue its growth and stay competitive with local legal associations. She is currently the Immediate Past President of the Big Bend Chapter and has served as the President, and Vice President, and has served on the community service committee, job bank committee, and seminar committee as well as newsletter editor for the Chapter.

She also serves as Committee Chair for the State Scholarship Committee and Seminar Committee. Asha is also a member of the Florida Bar Enrichment committee where she is the Chair to the Specials Project Subcommittee. Asha received the NALA Affiliate award for 2019. (Email)


 

Sherry Webber, CP, FCP, FRP – First Vice President

Sherry Webber has been a Litigation Paralegal in the Palm Beach County Attorney’s Office since 2005.  Before that working in the private sector, handling both plaintiff and defense assignments for firms in and around the Palm Beach County.

Since joining PAF, Inc. and her local Palm Beach County Chapter in 1999, she has served on the PBCC Executive Board in almost every capacity, including as Law Week Chair since 2004; and Career Network Chair since 2017.  She is current President of the Palm Beach County Chapter.  On the State level, she became the Editor of “In Brief” in 2014;  2nd Vice-President for two terms (2018-19 and 2019-20); and is honored to be the 1st Vice-President.

Sherry feels there is truth to Mahatma Gandhi's words " The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."

 

Jodee L. Buck, ACP, FCP, FRP – Second Vice President

Jodee L. Buck is an advanced certified paralegal with more than 20 years of legal experience primarily in the fields of Real Estate, Civil Litigation, Corporate, and Government law. She has worked for the past 13+ years at Dill, Evans & Rhodeback in Sebastian, Florida. Jodee received her AA degree from Keiser University in 2004 and completed her paralegal certification with the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) and is a member of NALA. Keiser University featured Jodee in a testimonial commercial for their institution. In 2006 Jodee also completed the requirements to become a Florida Certified Paralegal as well as a Florida Registered Paralegal. In 2021 Jodee completed the requirements to become an Advanced Certified Paralegal in Real Estate. She is a past President of the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc., and remains a member of the Treasure Coast Chapter. She has devoted many years supporting the United Way and March of Dimes. Jodee has been with her husband since 1997, and they have a beautiful daughter and reside in Vero Beach, Florida. She also has a Boston Terrier, and 2 cats, snakes and a squirrel. Jodee’s hobbies include dancing, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Valerie G. Franklin, FRP – Secretary

Valerie G. Franklin is a Florida Registered Paralegal and Director of the Legal Services Division for North Florida Office of Public Guardian, Inc. (NFOPG), where she has worked since 2014. NFOPG serves as the appointed public guardian for twenty-two counties in four judicial circuits in North Florida. Valerie has more than 24 years of legal experience in the fields of Guardianship, Family, Administrative, Probate and Real Estate law. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. She currently serves as the Chair of the Membership Committee for the Big Bend Chapter. She is a member of the Elder Law section of the Florida Bar.
 

Heather Rice, FRP – Treasurer & NALA Liaison

Heather Rice is a Florida Registered Paralegal with Avera & Smith in Gainesville, Florida. She specializes in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. She has served as President for the the Big Bend Chapter and is currently serving as 1st Vice President.  She is also a member of the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). In 2021, Heather was appointed by the Florida Bar to serve on the Florida Registered Paralegal Enrichment Committee and she is a member of the Animal Law section of the Florida Bar.

 

Ricki Witte, ACP, FRP - Parliamentarian 

Ricki Witte joined PAF under its former name of Florida Legal Assistants, Inc., around 1978 as a student member while attending the Legal Assisting Program at Miami-Dade College, and became an active member upon graduation and passing the CLA exam.  She served on the state board as a regional director (back before chapters) and was a founding member of the Broward Chapter. In the Broward Chapter, Ricki has served as treasurer, president, and parliamentarian and was a regular attendee at PAF state seminars.  After 9 years in personal injury and commercial litigation, Ricki worked for 31 years for Joseph G. Young, Esq., in Fort Lauderdale in estate and trust litigation.  She was among the first Florida Registered Paralegals from 2008 until her employer’s death in 2016. Since then she has been working part time for two sole practitioners in probate and guardianship.

Ricki enjoys sewing additions to her 14th century wardrobe as a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, participating in volunteer activities as a member of CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), League of Women Voters, and is a ham radio operator.

 

Genna Rubolino, CP, FRP – Director at Large

Genna Rubolino is the owner of Florida Virtual Notary, LLC (“FVN”).  Prior to the creation of FVN, Genna worked as an estate, trust and tax paralegal for the past 8 years.  Genna will now be using her paralegal skills to volunteer for Palm Beach County Legal Aid. Genna is a huge supporter of the paralegal community and loves to mentor new paralegal students. 

Genna graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s in business administration and a Certificate of Completion of Paralegal Studies.  Genna became a Certified Paralegal and a Florida Registered Paralegal in 2015. Genna has been a Florida Notary Public since 2012 and an online notary since 2020.  

Genna has been a proud member of the Palm Beach County Chapter since 2015, where she served as Treasurer for 2 ½ years and as the Holiday Charity Committee Chair for 2 years. Genna is also a member of the Boca Raton Chapter since 2020.  She is currently the Director-at Large for the State Board.  She has presented CLE webinars on Remote Online Notarization (“RON”) in 2020 for PAF and for the Florida Bar Paralegal Enrichment Committee.  Genna will also be presenting a CLE webinar on estate planning and RON for NALA this year and a CLE webinar on RON Statute Updates for the Florida Bar Paralegal Enrichment Committee in 2023.  

Genna also assists all chapters with graphics for upcoming events online or in-person as needed.  



Additional Board Members

Michelle Ridge, Director (Chapter President – Big Bend)

Laura-Ann Heller, Director (Chapter President – Boca Raton)

Donna Drymon Etter, Director (Chapter President – Brevard)

Carol Goraczko, Director (Chapter President – Broward)

Barbara Pease, Director (Chapter President – First Coast)

Hillsborough Chapter Director - vacant

Sherry Webber, Director (Chapter President – Palm Beach County)

Chrystal Lunsford, Director (Chapter President – Pinellas)

Michele Gray, Director (Chapter President – Polk)

Janet Poklemba, Director (Chapter President – Southwest)

Eva Gonzalez, Director (Chapter President – Suncoast)

Kristen Remling, Director (Chapter President – Treasure Coast)