About NFPA - Board of Directors

Lisa Vessels, CP, FRP  

Lisa Vessels, RP, CP, FRP
Miami, FL

The President will be the leader of NFPA and a mentor for the paralegal profession. This individual will be responsible to make daily, on-going and long-term decisions regarding NFPA's overall effect on the profession and ensure these decisions are implemented and monitored.

Lisa Vessels, RP, CP, FRP lives in Miami, Florida, and is employed by Duane Morris LLP managing the docketing function and rules-based docketing software for her firm's U.S. offices. Lisa has worked in the paralegal profession since 1992 with experience in commercial litigation, as well as corporate contract law specializing in commercial aviation equipment leasing and sales.  

Lisa is a former two-term President of the South Florida Paralegal Association and the Florida Alliance of Paralegal Associations. As an active member in both organizations, she served in many roles since joining in 2005.  She is currently the NFPA President for the 2014-2016 term.  She has also served as NFPA’s Vice President and Director of Positions and Issues from 2012-2014, Regulation Review Coordinator from 2009-2012, and was an active participant on the PCC Exam Development Committee from its inception in 2008 through its launch in 2011.

Lisa served on Miami-Dade College's Paralegal Studies Program Advisory Board from 2006 to 2012, serving as chairperson from 2010. She is currently serving her fourth three year term as a non-lawyer member of The Florida Bar's Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee for the 11th Circuit in Miami-Dade County. She was an adjunct instructor at Florida International University's Paralegal Studies certificate program from 2006 to 2008. Lisa also volunteers for the Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida as a trainer for adult volunteers.

Ms. Vessels earned her Bachelor's degree in Paralegal Studies from Nova Southeastern University in 2005, and Associate's degrees in Computer Information Systems and Computer Programming (Visual Basic) from Miami Dade College in 2002. She earned the Certified Paralegal® credential in 2005, became a Florida Registered Paralegal with The Florida Bar in 2008, and earned the PACE® Registered Paralegal credential 2012.

    Vice President & Director of Profession Development
Allen Mihecoby, RP, CLAS  

Allen F. Mihecoby, CLAS, RP
Dallas, TX

The Vice President and Director of Profession Development will assist the President in addressing the future growth and expansion of the profession and the development of NFPA to support these changes. If the President is incapable of functioning, the Vice President and Director of Profession Development will assume the duties of the President.

Allen Mihecoby, CLAS, RP is currently employed as a Senior Paralegal at Kimberly-Clark, a global enterprise which manufactures some of the best known brands in the consumer products industry.  In this role, he is responsible for supporting the Company’s efforts in SEC Reporting, Corporate Governance, Strategic Transactions and Compliance.  He was previously employed in the position of Manager, Law Department, for the second largest railroad in the U.S. He has primarily worked with international firms and multinational corporations in various areas of law, including IP, corporate, securities, real estate and commercial litigation. He received his BA in Political Science at the University of Texas--Arlington, with a concentration in International Affairs and Pre-Law. In 1997 he graduated with an ABA-approved paralegal certificate from Southeastern Paralegal Institute in Dallas, Texas. He became a PACE Registered Paralegal in 2002; and earned the CLAS credential (Business & Corporate Law) in 2005.

Allen has served the paralegal profession on national, state, and local levels. He is a member of the Dallas Area Paralegal Association (DAPA), the Metroplex Association of Corporate Paralegals (MACP), Fort Worth Paralegal Association (FWPA), the Texas Center for Legal Ethics (TCLE), the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas (PD) and a charter member of the State Bar College (SBC). In several of these organizations, Allen has served in leadership positions, including: NFPA CLE Co-Coordinator and Assistant Pro Bono Coordinator; DAPA President, VP of Programs, Board Advisor and Ethics Chair; FWPA First Vice President-Programs and Ethics Chair; PD Parliamentarian and District 3 Director; and MACP Co-Chair/Ethics/Professional Development.

In 2004, Legal Assistant Today named Allen as one of the runners-up in its Paralegal of the Year Contest. The same year, NFPA and Dyncorp awarded him the Outstanding Local Leader award. He was named 2009 Fort Worth Paralegal Association’s Paralegal of the Year. ParalegalGateway.com named Allen as one of its 2011 Paralegal Superstars and DAPA awarded him the 2011 Pro Bono award.

    Vice President & Director of Positions and Issues
Lynn-Marie Reveliotis
Lisa Vessels, CP, FRP

Lynne-Marie Reveliotis
Bridgewater, MA

The Vice President and Director of Positions and Issues will assist the President and the Vice President and Director of Profession Development in leading NFPA and the paralegal profession by addressing position and issues that will directly affect the association and the profession. If the President and the Vice President and Director of Profession Development are incapable of functioning, the Vice President and Director of Positions and Issues will assume the duties of the President.

Lynne-Marie Reveliotis is the current President and CEO of LMR Enterprises, LLC., and parent company that has several subsidiaries that include corporate, employment, tax, legal and medical advocacy, and investigative work.  She has worked as an investigator with the Massachusetts Office of the Bar Counsel, which was established by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court under S.J.C. Rule 4:01 as an independent administrative body to investigate, evaluate, and prosecute complaints against lawyers, taught litigation courses as a senior instructor as part of the Northeastern University paralegal professional program, and worked as a freelance investigator and interpreter for law firms and investigation firms throughout the northeastern United States.  Since 1989, Ms. Reveliotis has worked in various areas, particularly in criminal, tort, and domestic law. She has participated as a mock trial judge at the state and regional student competition level. She has served as an American Bar Association site team associate for the accreditation of paralegal studies and degree programs at the university level. Ms. Reveliotis holds a paralegal certificate from Northeastern University, is a certified rape crisis and domestic violence advocate, and is currently working toward the completion of a graduate degree.

    Vice President & Director of Membership
Yvonne DeAntoneo  

Yvonne DeAntoneo
St. Petersburg, FL

The Vice President and Director of Membership will be responsible for guiding NFPA in attracting and retaining members.

Yvonne Lewis DeAntoneo is a litigation paralegal with Nationwide Insurance in their Tampa Bay Trial Division and has over 20 years of paralegal experience in medical malpractice, personal injury, mass torts and commercial litigation.

Yvonne has served two terms as the President of the Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc.  An active member with TBPA since its inception, Yvonne has also served in various other roles and committee positions with TBPA, including 1st Vice President, Pro Bono/Community Service Committee; 10th Anniversary Celebration Chair; Bar Liaison/Public Relations; Education/Professional Development/Student Mentoring; Membership; Newsletter; Parliamentarian; Seminar/CLE; and State & National Affairs.

Yvonne has an Associate Degree In Paralegal Studies from St. Petersburg College and a Bachelor’s of Arts in English & American Literature from the University of South Florida.

    Vice President & Director of Paralegal Certification
Nita Serrano, RP  

Nita Serrano, RP
Tampa, FL

The Vice President and Director of Paralegal Certification will assist the President in leading NFPA and the paralegal profession by overseeing and managing the administration of the Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam (PACE), the Paralegal CORE Competency Exam (PCC Exam) and the PACE Standards Committee, by addressing issues related to paralegal certification and by being the main spokesperson regarding paralegal certification.

Nita Serrano, RP 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.

    Vice President & Director of Marketing
Lisa Lynch, CRP  

Lisa Lynch, CRP
Arlington, TX

The vice president and director of marketing shall be responsible for all aspects of marketing which include the development of NFPA’s marketing plan, strategies and promotion materials. The vice president and director of marketing shall supervise all activities concerned with the implementation of the Corporate Partners Program, development and growth of other marketing programs, and shall have other duties as may be assigned by the board of directors or the president.

Lisa Lynch, CRP is a litigation paralegal employed by the City of Dallas in the City Attorney’s Office.  Over the years, she has worked in areas such as litigation, labor and employment, medical malpractice defense and intellectual property. In 2014, Lisa was presented with the DAPA Paralegal of the Year Award.

Lisa has been involved with the Dallas Area Paralegal Association since 2004. Lisa served as the DAPA NFPA Primary or Secondary Representative in 2015 and 2011 – 2013, President in 2014, President-Elect in 2013, NFPA and Vendor Advisor (2009-2013), as well as serving on many special committees.  She has also been a CLE speaker at many DAPA and student events. She is also a member of Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas. Lisa has also served NFPA as the Membership Growth Coordinator and the Technology Coordinator (2015). Lisa is also a member of the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas.

Lisa obtained her Paralegal Certificate from the Professional Development Institute at the University of North Texas in 1993. Lisa was certified by NFPA as a Core Registered Paralegal in 2011, becoming one of the first 16 CRPs in the State of Texas and initial 148 paralegals in the nation who passed the pilot exam administered at 12 test sites across the country. Lisa also participates in DAPA’s mentor/protégé program and is a volunteer with the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program and other community service programs benefiting such non-profits as the North Texas Food Bank, Juliette Fowler and The Stewpot.

    Treasurer & Director of Finance
    MaryAnn Ivie, RP
Portland, OR

The Treasurer and Director of Finance will be responsible for ensuring that NFPA is in a sound financial position by supervising the collection of dues and supervising generation of non-dues income, and evaluating financial management performances and opportunities.

    Secretary & Director of Operations
Cherylan Shearer  

Cherylan Shearer
Goshen, IN

The Secretary and Director of Operations will be responsible for taking minutes at official NFPA meetings and oversee the daily operations of the association through the Management Company. If the President, Vice President and Director of Profession Development and the Vice President and Director of Positions and Issues are incapable of functioning, the Secretary and Director of Operations will assume the duties of the President.

Cherylan Shearer lives in Goshen, Indiana.  She is a corporate paralegal at the law firm of Yoder Ainlay Ulmer & Buckingham, LLP in Goshen, Indiana, and has been with the firm for 20 years.  She received her paralegal certificate with honors in June 1999 from Indiana University at South Bend.  She works with the initial set up of organizations including for-profit, nonprofit, and limited liability companies, and maintains corporate compliance for approximately 500 clients of the firm.  She also focuses on mergers and acquisitions for the firm.

Ms. Shearer has been a member of the Michiana Paralegal Association since 1999 and is also an Affiliate Member of the Indiana State Bar Association.  While a member of her local Association, she has served as Membership Chair, Primary, and most recently as President. She also served as the NFPA Region III Director from 2009 through 2012, and as Chair of the Region Directors from 2010-2012.  Most recently, she served as  Convention Coordinator for 2013-2014.

Since 2009, Ms. Shearer has taught the Paralegal Methods in Business Organization seminar to paralegal students at the Indiana University at South Bend.  In March 2014, she also presented a webinar for NFPA on Basics of Corporate Structures for Paralegals.  She was also awarded the Michiana Paralegal of the Year for 2010.

    Director, Region I  
Theda M. Yandell, RPĀ®  

Tom Holmes, RP
Portland, OR

The Region Directors are responsible for the "humanization of NFPA" to local associations, and are the main liaison between member associations and other Board members.

Tom Holmes, RP has been a paralegal for over 30 years, with exposure to many areas of the law.  He began working as a litigation paralegal at a large Portland, Oregon law firm, on litigation matters both small and large, including motor vehicle accident, workers compensation and business litigation.  The cases grew bigger, and eventually he worked on large and complex litigation matters including business, finance/banking and franchise litigation, as well as patent, trademark and copyright infringement litigation.   And, after several years of litigation, he was assigned to assist with real estate and business transactions, land use, and administrative law in addition to litigation.

He joined a practice for a sole practitioner, and spent 9 years doing real estate, land use, administrative law and some contract litigation.

He currently works for a medium sized firm in Portland doing primarily land use, real estate and environmental work.

He has been a member of the Oregon Paralegal Association since 1986.  He served as their President for three years from 1995-1998, after positions as board member, specialty group chairperson, and vice president.  He attended his first NFPA annual meeting in 1997, in the role of Primary Representative, in the place of the current representative.  Later, he was elected as the Secondary and then the Primary Representative, attending conventions in Las Vegas, Chicago and Tampa.  During that time, OPA was also preparing to host the 2009 NFPA Annual Convention, and he worked as the Local Host Coordinator for that convention.  He has also served on the NFPA Ethics Board, helping to write and publish several opinions during his tenure.


    Director, Region II
Mianne L. Besser  

Mianne L. Besser
Brighton, CO

The Region Directors are responsible for the "humanization of NFPA" to local associations, and are the main liaison between member associations and other Board members.

Mianne L. Besser works at Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti, PC, in the firm’s litigation group as they represent business and real estate clients in litigation, bankruptcy and land use matters. The group’s practice covers a broad spectrum of commercial litigation, and Mianne contributes her 19 years of experience as a litigation paralegal.

Mianne received her BA in Management and Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.  In 1996, she received her paralegal certificate from the Denver Paralegal Institute, an ABA-approved program.

Mianne has been a CLE speaker at many events hosted by the Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association (RMPA); she has also been a speaker for a CLE hosted by NFPA.  Mianne is a Faculty Member of the Institute for Paralegal Education (IPE).  She has been interviewed for her perspective on the paralegal profession by LawCrossing.com, Paralegal411.com, Careersand Liberty.com, Andrew Morkes, Laurel Vietzen, TheParalegalMentor.com and PracticalParalegalism.   She has authored, or co-authored, articles which were printed in the National Paralegal Reporter and Trial Talk (Colorado Trial Lawyers Association); she also wrote articles as NFPA Special Projects Coordinator, “Legal Process Outsourcing” and “Ethical Considerations for Paralegals and Social Media”.

Mianne’s community service and awards include:  Program Advisory Committee, Westwood College (2013 to Present); 2012 Outstanding Local Leadership Award, National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc.; and 2011 ParalegalGateway Paralegal Superstar;  Kaplan College: Adjunct Instructor, Paralegal Studies (2009-2010) and Paralegal Advisory Committee (2009 to November 2011); Community College of Aurora: Adjunct Professor of Paralegal Studies (2012 - 2013) and Paralegal Advisory Committee (2008 to present); National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. (1996 to present); Colorado Association of Litigation Support Professionals (2005 to present);  Colorado Bar Association, Paralegal Committee (2007 to 2015 [Committee sunsetted]);  Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Legal Staff Member (2003 to 2015) and Chair (2007 to 2014);  American Alliance of Paralegals, Inc. (2008 to present); Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association, Member (1996 to present) and President (2007 – 2010, 2012 to 2014.)

    Director, Region III
Barbara O'Shaughnessy, FRP  

Barbara O'Shaughnessy, FRP
Tampa, FL

The Region Directors are responsible for the "humanization of NFPA" to local associations, and are the main liaison between member associations and other Board members.

Barbara O'Shaughnessy, FRP has been employed as a paralegal since 1985, beginning her career in a large nationwide foreclosure firm for 3-1/2 years then moving to a local foreclosure firm for 7-1/2 years. She also worked for 1-1/2 years with a national firm who was local counsel to a national bank with offices in Tampa.  When the local firm closed its doors due a bank buyout, Barbara found employment at the firm of Barnett, Bolt, Kirkwood, Long & Koche, P.A. in Tampa, where she has spent the last 18+ years specializing in commercial real estate transactions.

Barbara has been affiliated with the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc. (State and Hillsborough County Chapter), and the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. since 2005.  In 2007 Barbara became an active member of the Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc. (“TBPA”), where she has served on the Board of Directors in various roles, including Director, Secretary, Treasurer, First Vice President, President-Elect and President.  As a Member of the TBPA, Barbara is a member of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. (“NFPA”) and has recently (October 2015) been elected as the Region III Director on the NFPA’s Board of Directors.  She has also been registered with The Florida Bar as a Florida Registered Paralegal since March 28, 2008. 

While not working on activities advancing the paralegal profession, Barbara spends time volunteering at the local USO Welcome Center at the Tampa International Airport. She is also an amateur photographer and likes to take photos wherever she travels (from Alaska to Hartford then on to Dallas and Hawaii and back to Florida). 

Barbara and her husband, Ray, who have been married since 1987, have three children, Jeremy, Jamie & Jessica.  In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, reading, shopping, and spending quality time her family and friends.  Her favorite thing to do on the weekends is to play Texas Hold‘Em Poker!

    Director, Region IV
Donna Huntermark, RP, Pa.C.P.  

Donna Huntermark, RP, PaCP
Pittsburgh, PA

The Region Directors are responsible for the "humanization of NFPA" to local associations, and are the main liaison between member associations and other Board members.

In February 2011, Donna Huntermark, RP, PaCP started with Leech Tishman as a Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Paralegal. In addition, she assists the Corporate and Real Estate Departments with projects as needed.

Prior to joining Leech Tishman, she was employed by Houston Harbaugh for eleven years as a Bankruptcy Paralegal for a Chapter 7 U.S. Bankruptcy Trustee. Being the paralegal for a Trustee taught her many skills outside of the typical necessary legal skills, such as accounting and payroll techniques. She learned to administer the day-to-day operation of companies that filed for Chapter 11 protection, along with the selling of real estate and various types of property. With the volume of bankruptcy filings, she learned how to be an effective manager of her time.

In September 2011, she sat for and passed the NFPA Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam (PACE).

Her involvement in a paralegal association dates back to 1986 when she joined National Capital Area Paralegal Association in Washington, DC. After returning home to Pittsburgh, she joined the Pittsburgh Paralegal Association in 2000. She has held several positions within PPA including Vice-President, Director, PACE Ambassador, NFPA Primary Representative and NFPA Secondary Representative.

She has been the Region IV Representative on the NFPA Budget committee for three years and the Coordinator Paralegal Certification – Ambassadors for 2012. As the Coordinator Paralegal Certification – Ambassadors, she helped the VPDPC coordinate and facilitate the Paralegal Certification Ambassadors Conference in April 2012.

    Director, Region V

Josie Estes
Salem, NH

The Region Directors are responsible for the "humanization of NFPA" to local associations, and are the main liaison between member associations and other Board members.

Josie Estes is currently employed as a Paralegal with the Law Firm of Backus, Meyer & Branch, LLP in Manchester, NH. Through this role, she primarily focuses in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate, Guardianships, and Landlord/Tenant Issues.

Josie is active within the professional community currently serving as Region V Director to the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA).  Josie is an active member of the Paralegal Association of New Hampshire (PANH) and prior to her appointment to the NFPA Board served four years on the PANH’s Board of Directors.  Josie is currently serving on the Advisory Committee for the Nashua Community College Paralegal Program.  Josie has served as a New Hampshire Notary Public for the last ten years.

Josie received her Associate of Science degree in Paralegal Studies, magna cum laude, in 2011 and is currently studying to sit for the PACE Advanced Paralegal Competency Exam.


    Board Advisor
Bob Hrouda, RP  

Robert Hrouda, RP®
Philadelphia, PA

The Immediate Past President assumes the office of Board Advisor, and provides continuity to the Board of Directors, is an advisor to the current President, and provides the President with background information and other assistance as needed. Moreover, the Board Advisor serves as the NFPA Historian and as the supervisory board member to the Nominations Coordinator and the Strategic Planning Coordinator.

Robert Hrouda, RP, is a litigation practice paralegal with expertise in litigation support technology. Robert is a former three-term President of the Philadelphia Association of Paralegals, where he also served as a delegate to both the Keystone Alliance of Paralegal Associations and the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. In 2006, he received the Outstanding Local Leadership Award from the NFPA and was elected Region IV Director. Robert also served on the Policy Meeting Minutes and Marketing Committees for NFPA. In May 2008, Robert passed the PACE exam designating him as a PACE Registered Paralegal. In addition to his current NFPA position, Robert was recently reappointed to the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Committee on Judicial Selection and Retention. Prior to joining Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, he was a paralegal at two prominent Philadelphia law firms where he worked in the areas of personal injury, litigation, labor law, aviation law, and family law. A 1992 graduate of Temple University, Robert received a bachelor’s of business administration in law and business.

See also the Past and Present Board Members and Coordinators page.

modified 2/4/2016

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