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Board of Directors
The following members constitute our board of directors for 2022

Ellen Nicholson, CP | President
Ellen is a paralegal at the law offices of Lobeck & Hanson, P.A. She received her Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies from Southwest Florida College in 2004, her BA in English from the University of South Florida in 2007, and her CP certification from NALA in 2015. She has a passion for business and commercial law, with an emphasis on defense litigation.


Lorrie Camerata Groover, ACP, FRP, FCP | Vice President and NALA Liaison
Lorrie is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University with a B.S. in legal studies. She also holds an Advance Technical Paralegal Certificate from Manatee Community College n.k.a. State College of Florida. Lorrie has dedicated her 20-year career as a paralegal to civil litigation and enjoys working as a paralegal at the firm of Rob Robinson Attorney P.A. She is also a member of Bayside Community Church, West Bradenton and the Marine Corps League Desoto, Detachment #588. Her passions are continuing education and the foodie life.


Denette Olson, Paralegal | Secretary
Denette is currently a paralegal for McKillop Law Firm and Hertz Lichtenstein Young & Polk, LLP. Originally from California, she will graduate with an A.S. degree in Paralegal Studies from State College of Florida in May 2021. She has extensive experience in corporate transactions, civil litigation, estate planning, and probate.


TBA | Treasurer


Lisa Ellis, CP | FAPA Delegate
Lisa works in the Legal Department at Roper Technologies, Inc., a publicly traded company headquartered in Lakewood Ranch. Originally from Wisconsin, Lisa completed her A.S. degree in Paralegal Studies at State College of Florida in Bradenton and attained her Certified Paralegal credential through NALA in 2013.


Pamala S. Roberts, RP, FRP | FAPA Delegate
Pamala, a graduate of Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky with a B.S. in Systems Management and a minor in Criminology. She also has an A.S. in Paralegal Studies from Daymar College. With over 20 years of paralegal experience working in law firms in Kentucky and Florida. Pamala is currently a Paralegal for the Manatee County Attorney's Office. She is also currently a member of the South Florida Paralegal Association, NFPA, and NALA.


Past Presidents:

1998-1999 Susan L. Levine f/k/a Susan Hauck, ACP

2000-2001 Laura Herald, CP

2002 Jane Gill, CP

2003-2004 Geraldine "Gerri" Mills, CP

2005-2006 Sarah "Sally” Taylor, CP

2007-2008 MaryLou DiMaggio, CP, FRP

2009-2010 Sonja L. Behn, FRP

2011-2012 Annette Zang, CP, FRP

2013-2014 Ellen Wile, ACP, FRP

2015-2016 Tamara W. "Tammy” Skonie, ACP, FRP

2017-2018 Lisa M. Ellis, CP

2019-2020 Pamala Roberts, RP, FRP

2021 April D. Emery, CP, FRP