2015 Joint Conference - Certification Ambassadors Conference Details

2015 Certification Ambassadors Conference Schedule May 2, 2015




8:30 – 8:35 a.m.

Welcome and Remarks

Nita Serrano, RP

NFPA Vice President & Director of Paralegal Certification

8:45 – 9:30 a.m.

The Basics – Everything you ever wanted to know about the PACE/PCCE Exams but were afraid to ask!

Lori J. Boris, RP, MnCP

NFPA Certification Coordinator - Ambassadors

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Knowledge, knowledge everywhere…but what exactly should I study, and what's the best method?

Kristy Geron, RP

NFPA Certification Coordinator – Study Materials

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.



11:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Okay, I'm a Certification Ambassador.  NOW what do I do?!

Lori J. Boris, RP, MnCP

NFPA Certification Coordinator - Ambassadors

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.



1:00 –  2:00 p.m.

How to lead an effective PACE/PCCE Study Group

Nita Serrano, RP

NFPA Vice President & Director of Paralegal Certification

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Marketing the NFPA Certification exams to paralegals, students and the legal community

Kristy Geron, RP

Janet Wilson Williams, RP

Mike Wallace, RP, CRP

Linda Odermott, RP

2:45 – 3:15 p.m.

API online PACE/PCCE course – Loretta answers your questions!

Loretta Nesbitt, RP

Instructor of API online PACE/PCCE Courses

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.



3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

The Assurance of Learning Programs: raising the CRP to be the preeminent paralegal program exit exam.

Angela Woodlee, RP

Certification Ambassador – Indiana Paralegal Association

4:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Renewals Refresher

Lori Boris, RP, MnCP

NFPA Certification Coordinator – Ambassadors


Speaker Highlights

Lori Boris, RP, MnCPLori J. Boris, RP, MnCP
NFPA Certification Coordinator - Ambassadors
NFPA Secondary Representative and Certification Co-Ambassador, Minnesota Paralegal Association

Lori J. Boris, RP, a litigation paralegal since 1998, is currently employed as a Product Liability Litigation Paralegal at Nilan Johnson Lewis, PA, working in the area of recreational vehicle product liability.  Over her 16 years as a paralegal, she has assisted attorneys in representing multiple and varied clients in many areas, including toxic torts, product liability, employment law, wrongful death, personal injury and contract claims.

Lori is a graduate of the Minnesota Paralegal Institute, an ABA-approved post-baccalaureate program, and in 2009, became a PACE Registered Paralegal. 

Lori has been very involved with the Minnesota Paralegal Association (“MPA”) holding various positions, including MPA’s President from 2009-2011. She is currently the MPA Certification Co-Ambassador and NFPA Secondary for 2015, and was appointed for her third year in 2015 as Certification Coordinator – Ambassadors. 

Nita Serrano, RPNita Serrano, RP
NFPA Vice President & Director of Paralegal Certification
Nita is a litigation Paralegal with the Tampa law firm of LaCava & Jacobson P.A. in their general casualty department handling all aspects of cases from case inception through trial preparation and participation.  Nita has been a paralegal for almost 20 years, four of those years as a freelance paralegal.  Nita specializes in the areas of civil litigation, insurance defense, medical malpractice, personal injury, nursing home and general negligence.  She has also worked in the areas of criminal and family law.

Prior to becoming a Paralegal, Nita worked for two large Tampa Bay Area Hospitals as a Certified Health Unit Coordinator in the Emergency Room/Trauma Center, Transplant, Orthopedic, and Maternity Floor.  This experience provided the training necessary to communicate effectively with experts and medical professionals, as well as understand medical terminology and medical records.

Nita earned her Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from Florida Metropolitan University, and her designation as a PACE Registered Paralegal (RP®) from the National Federation of Paralegal Associations in March, 2007. 

Nita has been a member of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. (NFPA) since 2006. She is currently serving as the Vice President & Director of Paralegal Certification and has served as the Marketing/Public Relations Coordinator in 2011 and 2012, Certification Study Materials Coordinator under the NFPA Vice President & Director of Paralegal Certification from 2012-2014; and CLE Co-Coordinator under the NFPA Vice President & Director of Profession Development in 2014.   Nita has been a member of the Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc. (TBPA) since 2006, and has served as a Second Vice President for the years 2006-2007 and 2007-2008; President Elect for the year 2008-2009;  President for the years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011; Board Advisor 2011-2012 and 2012-2013; Director for the year 2012-2013;.  She was TBPA’s first Paralegal Certification Ambassador from 2008-2010 and then held the position from 2011 -2014.  She has also served on various committees, including the Annual Seminar, Pro Bono, Luncheon, Education & Professional Development and the 10th Anniversary Celebration Committees.  She has also Chaired various committees including, Education & Professional Development Committee and Public Relations Committee.  Nita has also been a member of the Florida Alliance of Paralegal Associations, Inc. (“FAPA”) since 2013, and was President 2014.

Nita has been a volunteer with Wills for Heroes, Dress for Success and PACE Center for Girls, Hillsborough for several years and recently became a Guardian ad Litem. Away from work, Nita can usually be found reading, spending time with her husband, three children and their furry family members, a Toy American Eskimo and two Yorkshire Terriers.

Kristy Geron, RPKristy Geron, RP
NFPA Certification Coordinator – Study Materials
Kristy is a litigation paralegal with Kane, Russell, Coleman & Logan, P.C. She has worked in the legal profession for 15 years in the areas of litigation, bankruptcy, corporate, public school law, and environmental law. She received her Paralegal Certificate from Arlington Career Institute in 1999 and graduated from University of North Texas in 2000, as a transfer student from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls. She has a Bachelor’s of Applied Arts and Sciences degree, was on the Dean’s List and a member of Gamma Beta Phi National Honor Society and Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society. Kristy received her RP® credential from NFPA after passing the PACE (Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam) in June of 2012.

Kristy joined Dallas Area Paralegal Association in 2009 and has served on the Pro Bono and Entertainment Committees, and held the Board positions of Professional Development Director, Education Vice President, and Director at Large. She is currently serving as DAPA's President-Elect. She has served two years as the NFPA Certification Ambassador and has led a PACE and PCCE study group during that time. She is an active member of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, and served on the 2014 Annual Convention Planning Committee. She has been a Mentor in DAPA's Mentor/Protégé program for three years. She is a member of the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas and a member of their Animal Law Section. She was a recipient of DAPA's President's Award in 2014.

Angela Woodlee, RPAngela Woodlee, RP
Certification Ambassador – Indiana Paralegal Association
Angela Woodlee, RP is a Senior Litigation & Compliance Paralegal for Rolls-Royce North America Inc. (“RRNA”) and works closely with RRNA attorneys based in Indianapolis, Indiana as well as various locations throughout the US, Canada, Brazil and Europe.  She provides support on product liability, labor & employment, compliance and commercial related matters.  Angela received her Paralegal Certificate from Indiana University and her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Indianapolis.  She is a PACE Registered Paralegal and is the current Credentialing Ambassador for the Indiana Paralegal Association (“IPA”).  Away from work and the IPA, Angela is a certified Spinning® instructor who enjoys teaching and attending classes.  She resides in Indianapolis with her husband Jeff and their two very energetic boys, Abe and Eli. 

Janet Wilson Williams, RPJanet Wilson Williams, RP
Georgia Association of Paralegals' Director of Paralegal Certification and 2015 NFPA Secondary Delegate
NFPA 2014 Certification Ambassador Award Winner

Janet Wilson Williams, RP is a PACE Registered Paralegal and a graduate of the ABA-approved paralegal program at The National Center for Paralegal Training, formerly of Atlanta, Georgia.  She also earned a certificate in Human Resources Management at the University of Georgia in 2013. 

Ms. Williams has served as the Georgia Association of Paralegals (GAP)’s Director of Paralegal Certification since 2012.  Under her leadership, GAP has met President’s Awards for RPs and CRPs in 2013 and 2014 and Most RPs and CRPs in 2013.  At the recent NFPA Convention in Dallas, she was extremely honored to be presented with the 2014 NFPA Certification Ambassador Award.  Ms. Williams was a featured panelist at the 2014 Certification Conference in Boston, Massachusetts.  In 2015, she will serve both as GAP’s Director of Paralegal Certification and as NFPA Secondary Delegate.

Ms. Williams has spent the last 24 years as a commercial finance paralegal, working at law firms in the metropolitan Atlanta area.  Special projects have included closing historic Atlanta properties, assisting bankruptcy trustees, and working with attorneys in other parts of the country.  Ms. Williams is the author of "My Journey to Becoming an RP," published in the National Paralegal Reporter in the February/March 2010 issue and was a featured speaker in the Institute for Paralegal Education presentation, "The Paralegal's Role in the Real Estate Transaction in Georgia" in November 1999.

2015 marks Ms. Williams' fifth consecutive year on the GAP Board of Directors.  Her focus is to lead both newly minted and experienced paralegals towards attaining national paralegal certification and then to share in their development.  She also acts as mentor to paralegals of all levels, and is delighted for the privilege of meeting and working with leaders from other U.S. paralegal associations. 

Michael Wallace, RP, CRPMike Wallace, RP, CRP
Michael Wallace, RP, CRP graduated from Manchester Community College in Manchester, Connecticut with an AS Degree in Paralegal Studies.  On August 10, 2007 Michael passed the Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam (PACE) and earned the designation RP (Registered Paralegal)  Michael also passed the Paralegal Core Competency Exam on June 11, 2011 earning the designation CRP (Core Registered Paralegal) and he has also passed the State of Connecticut Paralegal Specialist Exam.

Michael worked on many, large construction defect cases from inception to trial at a law firm in Hartford, CT.  Michael then worked as a litigation paralegal for a law firm in Waterbury, CT on product liability cases.  Michael now works for the Connecticut State Department of Education Legal Affairs Division where he electronically updates all of the old files and all incoming files.  Michael also talks to constituents to resolve their concerns and educational issues.

Michael was involved in the Central Connecticut Paralegal Association for many years having served as President, Immediate Past President, Chairman of the Student Liaison Committee, Co-Chairman of the CLE Committee and for the last four years Michael was CCPA’s PACE Ambassador.  In 2011 Michael joined the New Haven County Association of Paralegals and is currently their Ambassador for Paralegal Certification.

On December 6, 2014 Michael served as a judge for the Yale University Mock Trial Competition where he had the privilege of judging the Princeton v. Boston University competition.

Michael is a three-time recipient of The National Federation of Paralegal Association’s PACE Ambassador of the Year Award.  Michael was also chosen Paralegal of the Year by the Connecticut Alliance of Paralegal Associations in 2013.

Linda Odermott, RPLinda Odermott, RP
NFPA Regulation Review Coordinator
Oregon LLLT Task Force Member
Certification Ambassador & Military Outreach Liaison, Oregon Paralegal Association

Linda Odermott, RP® is the paralegal for the Tualatin City Attorney in Tualatin, Oregon. She also teaches real property/land use in the Paralegal Program at Portland Community College. She is the current Regulation Review Coordinator for NFPA, the Certification Ambassador for the Oregon Paralegal Association (OPA), a Board Director on the OPA Board of Directors, as well as the Military Outreach Liaison for the Pro Bono Committee of OPA. Linda was also appointed by the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors to be a task force member for the Limited License Legal Technician Task Force of the Oregon State Bar in June of 2013, where she continues to work with magistrates, attorneys, legal educators and other esteemed members of the legal community on this evolving issue.
Ms. Odermott is a former member of the Everest College Paralegal Program Advisory Committee for the Portland Campus, and the former PR Chair for OPA.  Ms. Odermott started her paralegal career in family law with a single attorney; transitioned into construction defect litigation with a mid-size firm; and has spent the last six years with the City of Tualatin, assisting with the myriad of complex legal issues that come up for an attorney’s office for an Oregon municipality.

modified 4/21/2015

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