Indiana Paralegal Association

National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. 

All members of IPA are also members of NFPA. Founded in 1974, NFPA was the first national paralegal association.  Created as a non-profit federation, NFPA is an issues-driven, policy-oriented professional association directed by its membership.  It is comprised of 50 member associations and represents over 9,000 individual members reflecting a broad range of experience, education and diversity. More information can be found at (  

Officers 2017-19

The following are the candidates that were elected by the deletes at the NFPA Annual Convention:

Officer Positions (two-year term)

 VP and Director of Marketing:           Lisa Lynch, CRP™ 

 *  VP and Director of Membership:      Yvonne DeAntoneo

 *  VP and Director of Professional Development:  Mindi Schaefer, M.S., RP®, OSBA, AACP

 *  Treasurer & Director of Finance:

*   Education Coordinator (open to complete the remainder of a previously elected 2 year term): Brenda Cothary

The Current NFPA Board members are:

President - Valerie Wilus, RP®,  Pa.C.P                                                                                                                             Secretary and Director of Operations - Cherylan Shearer                                                                                                     Vice President and Director of Marketing - Lisa Lynch, CRP
Vice President and Director of Membership - Yvonne DeAntoneo                                                                                       Vice President and Director of Paralegal Certification - Juanita (Nita) Serrano, RP®, FRP
Vice President and Director of Positions and Issues - Lori Boris, RP®,  MnCP                                                             

Treasurer & Director of Finance -                                                                                                                                     
        ABA Approval Commission Representative (Three-year term, this ends in 2020) - Tammy Smith      
Region I Director - Ronell Badua
Region II Director - Mianne Besser
Region III Director - Lori Wagner, RP®, IRP                                                                                                                   
Region IV Director - Becky Reedy
Region V Director - Josie Estes


Coordinator Letter of Interest:

**Please note resumes and letters of interest for coordinator forms are to be submitted directly with these forms and do not need to be submitted separately to (unless they are submitted at a later time)** 

Keep in mind all Coordinator positions (with the exception of certain two- and three-year term positions) will be open for appointment (following this year’s convention) with submissions of Letters of Interest commencing on November 20th.  

NFPA Coordinator Positions:

The commencement of the submission of Coordinator Letters of Interest is now officially open for available coordinator positions.  Attached please find a link below of all coordinator positions (which can also be found within the Leadership Directory on the NFPA website).

Also listed below is a listing of the descriptions of each coordinator position (**please note these are subject to change and are not to be solely relied upon when assessing the criteria/expectations for each position; as such please refer to the NFPA Procedures Manual for full details**).

1.  ALL POSITIONS ARE OPEN (with the exceptions of the two elected positions of ABA Approval Commission Representative and Education Coordinator (the Education Coordinator is a three-year term in which the current coordinator's term ends in 2018 and  the ABA Pro-Bono Liaison is a three-year term in which the current coordinator's term ends in 2019). The two appointed positions of Convention Coordinator (which is a two-year term and the current coordinator's term ends in 2019) and the Nominations Coordinator (which is appointed at the winter board meeting).

2.  YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A DELEGATE TO BE A COORDINATOR - any IPA member can serve as a coordinator.

3.  EVEN IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY A COORDINATOR AND WISH TO REMAIN IN THAT POSITION YOU MUST FILL OUT A FORM THIS AND EACH YEAR. If you would like to continue to serve in your coordinator position you must fill out an interest form each year (unless your position has a term longer than one year, in which case you would submit during the appropriate timeframe your position is available).  All new interested coordinators must also fill out an interest form and all candidates are to provide resumes along with their submissions.

We would like to see as many positions filled as possible so please spread the word and become involved on the national level with NFPA!    


NFPA Student Membership

Please find a link regarding Student Membership on the NFPA website at Become a Member.


IPA's NFPA Primary

  Angela R. Hopson, RP®, IRP

  Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
111 Monument Circle, Suite 4600
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
T. 317-916-2567
F. 317-916-9076

IPA's NFPA Secondary
Tracey L. Woolsey, RP®

Cummins, Inc.
301 East Market Street 
Indianapolis, Indiana  46204

T. 317-610-4198
F. 317-610-4801


Lori Wagner, RP®, IRP

NFPA Annual Joint Conference
April 27-29, 2018

Lexington, Kentucky

Hosted by the Greater Lexington Paralegal Association

NFPA's Joint Leadership, Regulation, and Certification Ambassadors Conference is one of the most popular and beneficial gatherings for paralegals. Attendees have the unparalleled opportunity to network with their paralegal peers from around the country and learn about leadership, national and local certification, and regulation within the paralegal profession.  If you are serious about your paralegal career, you will make it your goal to attend this valuable conference!


We are excited to announce that pro bono and community service reporting is now set up through your member login on the NFPA website:

1. Go to the NFPA website (;

2. Sign in with your email and password;

3. Once logged in, go to the Pro Bono tab and select “Reporting Pro Bono and Community Service Hours”; and 

4. Complete the form and submit. The reporting period runs from July 1st through June 30th.

Please report pro bono hours on a quarterly basis so that the NFPA Liaison to the ABA can share your service hours and projects with the ABA.

Page updated 10/08/2017

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