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PACE and PCCE Transition 

December 29, 2015:  NFPA is transitioning to delivery and servicing of PACE and PCCE entirely through Prometric, a market leader in the test development and test delivery services.  New online applications for PACE and PCCE are undergoing testing and will hopefully be launched soon after the new year.  Please check the NFPA website if you are considering applying for either exam early in the new year.  

October 2015:

Corinne Deering, RP, VPO's NFPA Primary Representative, attended the 2015 NFPA Annual Convention in Waikiki, Hawaii, from October 8 to October 11, 2015.  Click here for a summary report about the convention and the resolutions voted upon.  The torch was passed to Corinne as the Co-Host of the Vermont 2016 Convention Planning Committee.  

Congratulations to the new members of the NFPA Board of Directors and Region Directors selected at the 2015 Convention:

Allen Mihecoby, RP, CLAS - Vice President and Director of Professional Development
Yvonne DeAntoneo - Vice President and Director of Membership
Lisa Lynch, CRP - Vice President and Director of Marketing
MaryAnn Ivie, RP - Treasurer & Director of Finance
Beth King, RP - Education Director

Tom Holmes, RP - Region I Director
Mianne Besser - Region II Director
Barbara O'Shaughnessy, FRP - Region III Director
Donna Huntermark, RP, Pa.C.P. - Region IV Director
Josie Estes - Region V Director

And congratulations to the following scholarship and award winners:

Aurora Hood and Nancy Brooks - Thompson Reuters Scholarships
Fatima Mahmud - PACE Scholarship Winner
Stephanie Jackson - PCCE Scholarship Winner

Certification Ambassador Award - Linda Odermott, RP - Oregon Paralegal Association
Association Pro Bono Award - Dallas Area Paralegal Association
Individual Pro Bono Award - Linda Teater - Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association
Outstanding Local Leader Award - Beth King, RP - Oregon Paralegal Association
Paralegal of the Year Award - Joyce Kent, RP - Oregon Paralegal Association
William R. Robie Award - Kathleen Miller, RP - Oregon Paralegal Association

October 2014:

Diane Brown, VPO's NFPA Primary Representative, attended the 2014 NFPA Annual Convention in Dallas, Texas, from October 9 to October 12, 2014. Click here for a summary report about the convention and the resolutions voted upon.

Congratulations to the new members of the NFPA Board of Directors and Region Directors:  

Lisa Vessels, RP, CP, FRP, President
Beth Bialis, RP, Vice President and Director of Profession Development
Lynne-Marie Reveliotis, Vice President and Director of Positions and Issues
Tracey I. Chandler, RP, Treasurer and Director of Finance
Cynthia Welch, RP, Vice President and Director of Membership
Melissa Leslie, TBLS-BCP, Vice President and Director of Marketing
Juanita (Nita) Serrano, RP, Vice President and Director of Paralegal Certification
Cherylan Shearer, Secretary and Director of Operations
Robert Hrouda, RP, Board Advisor

Thomas Holmes, Region I Director
Allen F. Mihecoby, CLAS, RP, Region II Director
Yvonne DeAntoneo, Region III Director
Donna Huntermark, RP, Pa.C.P., Region IV Director
Laurie Noyes, RP, Region V Director

And congratulations to the following on their awards:

NFPA Certification Ambassador Award, Janet Williams, RP, Georgia Association of Paralegals
Individual Pro Bono Award, Risa Burgess, Dallas Area Paralegal Association
NFPA Association Pro Bono Award, Dallas Area Paralegal Association
Thompson Reuters/NFPA $3,000 scholarship, Farah Perez, Miami Dade College
Thompson Reuters/NFPA $2,000 scholarship, Robert A. Harty, Jr., Tampa Bay Paralegal Association
NFPA Paralegal of the Year, James Hills, Department of the Navy
NFPA Outstanding Local Leader, Cynthia Minchillo, RP, Dallas Area Paralegal Association
NFPA William R. Robie Award, Judy Stouffer, RP, Philadelphia Association of Paralegals
NFPA PACE Scholarship, Becky Reedy, NJCP, South Jersey Paralegal Association
NFPA PCCE Scholarship, Noreen Messmer, Pa.C.P., Montgomery County Paralegal Association

November 2013:

Congratulations on the following NFPA Coordinator appointments:

Inside Report Coordinator:  Becky Reedy, NJCP
Strategic Planning Coordinator:  Lori Wagner, RP®
ABA Approval Commission Representative (elected):  S. Kristine Farmer, MS, RP®, PHR®
Pro-Bono Co-Coordinator(s):  Christine Flynn  
Continuing Legal Education Coordinators:  Theresa Prater, RP® & Nita Serrano, RP®, FRP
ABA Pro-Bono Liaison: Christine Flynn
Paralegal Certification Coordinator - Study Materials:  Nita Serrano, RP®, FRP
Paralegal Certification Coordinator - Ambassadors: Lori Boris, RP®
Regulation Review Coordinator: Marie Koster
NFPA® Ethics and Professional Responsibility Coordinator:  Lynne-Marie Reveliotis
Special Research Coordinator:  Mary Ann Myskiw-Jones, CRP®
Ethics Board Chair: Sally Lunday, CP
Records Coordinator:  Barbara Peppersack
Intellectual Property Coordinator:  Michael Vertullo
Website Content Coordinator:  Angela Hopson
Governing Documents Co-Coordinators:  Stephen Imondi, RP® & Michelle Regnier-Bir
Convention Coordinator:  Cherylan Shearer
Membership Growth Coordinator:  Catherine Allard
Association Management Coordinator:  Candy Ryan, CRP®
Member Benefits Coordinator:  Mary McLaughlin, RP®  
International Relations Coordinator:  Babette Pace, Pa.R.P.
Leadership Training Coordinator:  Debra Hindin-King
Student Membership Growth Coordinator: Cari Bonty
Armed Forces Coordinator:  Asa Rubman, CRP®
Corporate Partners Program Coordinator:  Georgette Pecoraro, RP®
Advertising/Public Relations Coordinator:  Mindi Schaefer, OSBA Certified Paralegal, A.A.C.P.
Strategic Alliances Coordinator: Monique Luck, PaC.P.
Internal Marketing Coordinator:  Crissi Moseley
Editorial Coordinator:  Suzanne Sitter, EJD

NFPA is still looking to fill the following Coordinator positions:  Pro-bono Co-Coordinator, Roles & Responsibilities Coordinator, Technology Coordinator, Paralegal Certification Coordinator - PACE Renewals, Paralegal Certification Coordinator - Public Relations, Paralegal Certification Coordinator - PCCE Renewals, Case Law Monitoring Coordinator, Legislative Coordinator, Bar Association Coordinator. 

Please consider becoming a NFPA Coordinator.  Coordinator Position descriptions are on the NFPA website.  Interested individuals will be required to submit their resume along with an interest statement and the coordinator interest form which can also be found on the website.

October 2013:

Diane Brown, VPO's NFPA Primary Representative, and Corinne Deering, RP, VPO's Secondary Representative, attended the 2013 NFPA Annual Convention in Hartford, Connecticut, from October 3 to October 6, 2013.  Click here for a summary report about the convention and the resolutions voted upon.

Congratulations to the new members of the NFPA Board of Directors, Regional Directors, and award winners at the 2013 NFPA Annual Convention:

Beth Bialis, RP, Vice President and Director of Profession Development
Tracey I. Chandler, RP, Treasurer and Director of Finance
Cindy Welch, RP, Vice President and Director of Membership
Melissa Leslie, Vice President and Director of Marketing

Theda Yandell, RP, Region I Director, Chair of Region Directors
Allen F. Mihecoby, CLAS, RP, Region II Director
Yvonne DeAntoneo, Region III Director
Donna Huntermark, RP, Pa.C.P., Region IV Director
Patricia Gagnon, RP, Region V Director

Congratulations to S. Kristine Farmer, MS, RP, TBLS-BCP on her election as ABA Approval Commission Representative.

And congratulations to the following on their awards:

NFPA Certification Ambassador Award, Michael Wallace, RP, New Haven County Association of Paralegals
Individual Pro Bono Award, Ginny Lee, Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association
NFPA Association Pro Bono Award, Tampa Bay Paralegal Association
Thompson Reuters/NFPA $3,000 scholarship, Luanne Anderson
Thompson Reuters/NFPA $2,000 scholarship, Nataly Nguyen
NFPA Paralegal of the Year, Asa Rubman, CRP, Department of the Navy, Washington State Paralegal Association
NFPA Outstanding Local Leader, Vivian Luckiewicz, RP, Pa.C.P., NJCP, Philadelphia Association of Paralegals
NFPA William R. Robie Award, Debra Hindin-King, Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association

November 2012:

NFPA has announced the following NFPA Coordinator appointments which were made by the NFPA Board at the October 23, 2012 conference call.  

Strategic Planning Coordinator – Lori Wagner, RP
Continuing Legal Education Co-Coordinators – Kaye Mullinax, AACP, RP and Tricia Mays
ProBono Coordinator – Mary McLaughlin, RP
Bar Association Coordinator – Edna Wallace, RP
Case Law Coordinator - Mary Ann Myskiw-Jones, CP
Legislative Coordinator – Yvonne DeAntoneo
Regulation Review Coordinator – Vivian Luckiewicz, RP, Pa.C.P.
Ethics and Professional Responsibilities Coordinator – Lynne-Marie Reveliotis
Armed Forces Coordinator – Cari Bonty, RP
Association Management Coordinator – Candy Ryan, CRP
International Relations Coordinator – Faith Henry
Leadership Training Coordinator – S. Kristine Farmer, MS, RP, PHR
Member Benefits Coordinator – Cherylan Shearer
Membership Growth Coordinator – Catherine Allard
Advertising/Public Relations Coordinator – Mindi Schaefer, OSBA Certified Paralegal, AACP
Internal Marketing Coordinator – Crissi Moseley
Editorial Coordinator – Denise Sabuda Murphy
Paralegal Certification Coordinator – Ambassadors – Lori Boris, RP
Paralegal Certification Coordinator - Public Relations – Victoria Nakaahiki, RP
Paralegal Certification Coordinator - PACE Renewals – Victoria Newman, RP
Paralegal Certification Coordinator - CRP Renewals – Kathy Rubio-Hudgins, CRP
Intellectual Property Coordinator – Michael Vertullo
Governing Documents Coordinator – Laurie Noyes, RP
Records Coordinator – Barbara Peppersack
Website Content Coordinator – Angela Hopson

October 2012:

NFPA has chosen Vermont to host the 2016 National Convention!! 

At the 2012 NFPA Convention in Alaska, the following individuals were honored with the following awards:

Robie Award - Edna Wallace, RP  (Indiana Paralegal Association)
Outstanding Local Leader - Mianne Besser (Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association)
Paralegal of the Year - Kim Major  (Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association)
Certification Ambassador of the Year - Vivian Luckiewicz, RP, PaCP (Philadelphia Association of Paralegals)
Individual Pro Bono - Kristin Mattes  (Vermont Paralegal Organization)
Thomson Reuters Scholarships - Melissa Jurik and Caitlin Griffin

The following individuals were sworn in at the 2012 Convention as the newly elected Directors of NFPA:

Robert S. Hrouda, RP - President
Theresa A. Prater, RP - VPO and Director of Professional Development
Lisa Vessels, CP, FRP - VP and Diredtor of Positions and Issues
Suellen K. Honeychuck, RP - VP and Director of Paralegal Certification
Cindy Welch, RP - VP and Director of Membership
Melissa M. Leslie - VP and Director of Marketing
Karen Santagata, RP - Treasurer and Director of Finance
Valerie Dolan, RP, PaCP - Secretary and Director of Operations
Theda Yandell, RP - Region I Director
Allen Mihecoby, CLAS, RP - Region II Director
LaShonda Dillard - Region III Director
Donna Huntermark, RP, PaCP - Region IV Director
Beth Bialis, RP - Region V Director
Tracey L. Young, RP - Board Advisor

September 2012:

NFPA announced that the study manual for the Paralegal CORE Competency Exam (PCCE) is now available for purchase through NFPA.  Click Here for the online order form.  The cost of the manual is $75 plus shipping and handling.  The manual will be sent to you from the printer, OmniPress.

September 26-30, 2012:  Laurie Noyes, RP and Kristin Mattes attended the 2012 NFPA Annual Convention in Achorage, Alaska.  Laurie was representing the Vermont Paralegal Organization as the NFPA Primary Representative and voting on issues on our behalf.  Kristin attended to accept the NFPA Individual Pro Bono Award recognizing her outstanding service to her community and to the legal profession in providing pro bono services.  Click Here for Laurie's report on the Convention and the results of the issues voted upon.

June 2012:

The NFPA website has a complete redesign!!  The new website features:  reorganized menus to make it easier to find topics; image links for the most popular topics appear in a column on the left of every page; many content sections have been restructured and condensed; explanations for jargon and confusing terms have been added; old information has been either updated or eliminated; and duplicate and conflicting information has been reconciled.  The site has been designed for both the technology of today and tomorrow.  For smaller displays such as smartphones and some netbooks, the site will prioritize the main content area, making the site usable even on the go.  Now, each member signs into the members-only section of the site with the email address they have given to their association.  Take a look at the new website and watch for new features as the website continues to be enhanced.

May 2012:

Carie Tarte, Diane Brown and Lisa Laramee attended the NFPA Region V Annual Meeting in Clifton Park, New York, the weekend of May 19-20, 2012.  Click here for more information about their experiences at the Region V Meeting.  

NFPA PCCE Scholarship:  NFPA has received an anonymous one-time donation for a PCCE Scholarship.  You must submit an essay of 2,000 words or less in response to the following question:  "Why is paralegal certification important to the paralegal profession?"  The deadline for this essay is July 1, 2012.  Submit your essay to:  National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc., Att:  PCCE Scholarship, P.O. Box 2016, Edmonds, WA 98020-9516, or 23607 Hwy 99, Suite 2C, Edmonds, WA 98026. 

PCC Exam Online Review Course:  NFPA and the Advanced Paralegal Institute (API) announced they are jointly offering an online review course for the Paralegal Core Competency Exam (PCC).  The online review course runs for seven weeks, plus a brief pre-course orientation to familiarize students with the website and First Class used by API.  API courses are taught through computer-mediated distance learning.  Students may communicate with instructors or classmates around the clock from their home or office computer.  For more information and to register for the course click here.

April 2012:

National Paralegal Reporter is offering a subscription special for non-members only through June 30, 2012.  Non-members can order a one-year subscription to the National Paralegal Reporter (6 issues) for just $20.  The National Paralegal Reporter is a premier magazine in the paralegal profession.  It offers insightful cover and feature articles, practical how-to-articles, and updates on current legal issues.  Visit the NFPA website and click on the icon on the home page to subscribe online.

March 2012:

NFPA is again co-sponsoring the 2012 Scholarships with Thomson Reuters.  There are two scholarships to be awarded:  First Place Scholarship is $3,000 and Second Place Scholarship is $2,000.  A travel stipend will also be provided to scholarship recipients to travel to the NFPA Annual Convention to be held in Anchorage, Alaska from September 27-30, 2012.  Scholarship winners will be notified by August 17, 2012.  The deadline to submit the Application and all required documentation is July 1, 2012.  Make sure you include all documents requested in the application package, otherwise you will be disqualified.  The Scholarship Application and Scholarship Procedures (scroll towards the bottom of the pages for Thomson Reuters information) can be found on the NFPA Website.

October 2011:

Laurie Noyes, the VPO's Primary NFPA Representative, attended the National Convention and Policy Meeting in October in Minneapolis.  For more information about Laurie's experience at the Convention and what decisions were made at the national level, read Laurie's Recap.

June 2011:

NFPA is taking applications/nominations for the following awards:  Association Pro Bono, Individual Pro Bono, Paralegal of the Year, Outstanding Local Leader, PACE Ambassador, William R. Robie Leadership Award and NFPA/Thomson Reuters' Scholarships.  The deadline for applications/nominations is July 1, 2011.  More information is available here.  The NFPA/Thomson Reuters' Scholarship for paralegal students offers a first place winner $3,000 to assist with tuition/books for their paralegal education, and the second place winner gets $2,000.  Both winners are invited to the NFPA Annual Convention to accept their awards in person.  For more information click here.

May 2011:

On May 14-15, 2011, Laurie Noyes, RP and Corinne Deering, RP attended the NFPA Region V Meeting in Clifton Park, New York.  There were several other Region V member associations represented at the meeting.  A report of the meeting prepared by Laurie Noyes, RP can be viewed here

April 2011:

The PCC Exam Committee issued a report on the status of the PCC Exam.  Click here for more information.

October 2010:

The VPO was well represented at NFPA's Annual Convention on October 6-10, 2010, in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.  Our NFPA Primary, Carie Tarte, our Membership Chairperson, Laurie Noyes, RP, and Louise Reese all attended the Convention on behalf of the VPO.   

April 2010:

NFPA has announced New Member Benefits including access to many professional discounts and services.  

March 2010:

NFPA, in conjunction with Thomson Reuters, is providing a First Place $3,000 and Second Place $2,000 Scholarship for the best essay response to the following topic:

Pro bono providers, such as lawyers/bar associations, in many states do not include paralegals and/or paralegal students in pro bono projects. Although these providers do solicit lawyers to participate, the request does not include non-lawyers. How would you encourage pro bono providers to utilize paralegals and paralegal students to assist in providing pro bono services to those in need?

Additionally, both the First and Second place winners will be provided the opportunity to attend the 2010 Annual NFPA Convention in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, on October 7-10, 2010.

While application forms will not be available on-line until after March 15th, students can begin to formulate their submission responses. For more information, or to obtain the on-line application, go to the NFPA website: www.paralegals.org or contact your VPO NFPA Representatives: Carie Tarte or Sharon Lucia.

October 2009:

Our NFPA Secondary Representative, Sharon Lucia, attended the 2009 NFPA Convention in Portland, Oregon. View Sharon's report on the Convention and an update on the Resolutions that were voted upon.

May 2009:

The first issue of the NFPA E-Newsletter has been sent to those of you who signed up to receive the E-Newsletter. There is a sign-up link on the NFPA homepage. Members, please subscribe to this free publication, which will be issued every other month. It will be a great way to stay current on national news concerning our profession. If you have any suggestions for the E-Newsletter, please send them to Theda Yandell, the editorial coordinator, at editorial@paralegals.org.

January 2009:

NFPA establishes a Strategic Plan. View a summary prepared by Heather Moreau.

October 2008:

Review a summary prepared by Heather Moreau of the Results of the October 2008 NFPA Convention held in Arkansas.

Review a summary prepared by Heather Moreau of the Proposed Resolutions to be discussed at the Arkansas 2008 Convention.

More information about the 2008 NFPA Annual Convention and Seminars.

February 2008:

NFPA Provides CLE Opportunities to Local Members.  View an article prepared by Heather Moreau.

October 2007:

Review a summary prepared by Heather Moreau of the Results of the October 2007 NFPA Convention held in Tampa.

July 2007:

View an article prepared by Heather Moreau about the NFPA Technology Conference.


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