Directors at Large


Natalie Athas

athas.natalie@dorsey.com



Natalie is a Trial Paralegal II with Dorsey & Whitney LLC.  Natalie has over 25+ years of dedicated litigation experience, which includes occupation as a legal secretary and Branch Office Liaison Administrator.  As a trial paralegal, Natalie teams with attorneys in all phases of complex litigation, provides support from inception through and including trial with an emphasis in trial preparation for multi-million, high-stakes civil litigation cases for local, national and international high-profile executive clients in the Banking/Financial Services, Commercial Real Estate, Labor/Employment industries and Civil Class Action practices.

Natalie has been an OCPA member since 2012 and currently serves as Director at Large for the 2019 Board of Directors and is Co-Chair for the Pro Bono Section.  Natalie truly enjoys serving as a Board member, organizing and volunteering in OCPA pro bono events, participating in OCPA educational meetings as well as other various social gatherings and volunteering as the OCPA photographer.  Natalie also set a personal goal for 2020 to help mentor/guide students/upcoming paralegals with their new career as a legal professional in our community.

Prior to her paralegal attestation, Natalie served as Secretary for the Executive Board of Directors of the Orange County Legal Secretaries Association and personally prepared the syllabus for the Annual Civil Case Management Seminar for consecutive years. Natalie also served as a Board Member for Oak Creek Elementary Parent Teacher Association and volunteered and participated in many Oak Creek events for countless years. 

Natalie holds the upmost regard for OCPA, supporting the legal community, offering educational meetings/conferences and providing networking opportunities to benefit all legal professionals.  Natalie shares common interest with her fellow Board Members being actively involved in the paralegal community while supporting and promoting OCPA and its events throughout the year.  

       

Tanya Chopra

In addition to her service as Director at Large since 2009, Tanya serves as a Co-Chair of Hospitality and the Mentor Program. She previously served as Secretary in 2009-2010 and as co-chair for the OCPA Corporate and Real Estate Section. Tanya has thirteen years of paralegal experience in Corporate Law, Contracts and Uniform Commercial Code Secured Transactions and is currently working at Edwards Lifesciences. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Political Science from California State University, Fullerton, and a Paralegal Certificate from the University of California, Irvine.

Serving on the Board of Directors over the past years has allowed Tanya to put her education and work experience to great use. 



Lindsey Durbin

lindseydurbin.ocpa@gmail.com

Lindsey currently works at First American Title Insurance Company as an in-house contracts/real estate Paralegal. Lindsey worked in the Claims Services division for 10 years at First American, and then excitedly transferred to the corporate legal department after graduating from college. After crafting a strong professional background in real estate/title/escrow, her interest in the legal community stemmed from working alongside Claims Counsel while processing Subpoenas, Summons, Small Claims Actions, Deposition Notices, Garnishments, Levies, and various other legal matters. She also became passionate about the legal field after being inspired by the A.C.L.U. and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Lindsey graduated from Santa Ana College’s ABA-approved program with an Associate of Arts Degree in Paralegal Studies and a Paralegal Certificate in June of 2019 with high honors. She also attended UCI for one semester in 2018 after winning a free class there as an OCPA raffle prize. Lindsey served as the OCPA Student Liaison for SAC from 2017-2019, where she thoroughly enjoyed assisting with hospitality, coordinating student events, and volunteering at pro-bono events whenever possible. She was blessed to have been an OCPA Student Scholarship Award winner in 2018.

Looking ahead to 2020, Lindsey is humbled and honored to continue her active involvement with OCPA as a Director at Large now that her time as a Student Liaison has concluded. Lindsey learned countless valuable skills and lessons in being mentored by OCPA and would love to pay that forward by working hard in 2020 to facilitate hospitality, pro-bono, event coordination, and student outreach. She also plans to begin studying for her NALA Certified Paralegal designation in 2020. Lindsey is deeply grateful for the opportunity to be of service to the Southern California paralegal community and is truly thankful for your consideration and potential nomination.

In her spare time, Lindsey loves creating art, doing Habitat for Humanity builds, cooking/cuisine/baking, live music, and hanging out with her two kitties: Wesley and Molly.




Diona obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2017 from the University of California, Irvine. Afterwards, she obtained her Paralegal Certificate from the University of California, Irvine in 2018.  Diona began her legal career during her undergraduate studies, where she worked in an immigration law firm that specialized in employment-based and business-oriented immigration matters. Later she joined a business succession planning law firm, where she supported two attorneys that specialize in corporate law, M&A, and business succession planning. She currently works as a legal writer for Fragomen Worldwide, an international immigration law firm, specializing in drafting technically, detailed petitions for foreign nationals with extraordinary abilities.

Diona joined the OCPA at the start of her paralegal certificate program as a student liaison in order to meet and learn from passionate and experienced paralegals in the industry. She has actively participated and volunteered at numerous OCPA events and meetings, including the 2018 Education Conference, and would like to be more heavily involved with the association in the upcoming years as a director. In 2019, she was the Pro-Bono Chair and Educational Conference Chair for OCPA, focusing her efforts of creating meaningful volunteering events.

Before she ventured into the legal field, Diona enjoyed working in the field of Fine Art and worked at a contemporary art gallery. In her free time, Diona enjoys volunteering with dog rescues and other organizations throughout Orange County and crocheting.


Maria Rosa Galvez

galvezmariarosa.ocpa@gmail.com

Maria Rosa obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Law and Political Science in Peru on May 2011. She has 15 years of administrative and legal experience in corporations, NGOs, and the district court (1 year) and 16 years of experience as technical English/Spanish translator (freelance).  Maria Rosa obtained an Associate in Arts on Environmental Studies and an Associate in Science on Marketing from Saddleback College before studying and graduating from the Paralegal Certificate Program at UCI in September of last year. 

She began her paralegal experience in the corporate field at Roth Staffing Company – Adams and Martins Group, assigned to the Legal Department of a health corporation, where she is still working.  Maria Rosa is an innate organizer and has redesigned and implemented the corporation’s databases for the Secretaries of States and County Clerks, is responsible of renewals, withdrawals, and reassignment of FBNs, of monitoring class action settlements and unclaimed properties as well as the corporation’s fleet of vehicles. She is specializing in M&A, SOS procedures, HUD applications, surety bonds, and compliance control.

Maria Rosa joined OCPA when she started her paralegal studies at UCI in 2017.  She would like to be involved in the OCPA’s activities and work to continue learning from the experience of other paralegals and sharing her own experience with them as well. She would like to assist the OCPA in many areas, as for example, organizing the OCPA’s Spanish Charter as a mean to promote and disseminate the goals and mission of the association, and also with the association’s job bank, by proposing to redesign the OCPA’s job database to help other paralegals in their continuous search for jobs, especially to junior paralegals or those with no experience at all.


Katherine Gracia

Katherine has been a member of the Johnson Criminal Law Group team for five years. She began as a legal assistant in 2014 and is now a Paralegal and the office manager. Katherine has a passion for customer service and helping the community. Katherine began obtaining her experience in law in 2011 as a San Diego Superior Court Intern as a bilingual Spanish-speaker. Katherine was able to assist the Spanish- speaking community in the Small Claims Division and Family Law Facilitator’s Office. This work ignited her passion for the law.

Katherine graduated from CSU San Marcos in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Justice Studies. She received a Paralegal Certificate from the University of California Irvine Division of Continuing Education in 2017. She has been a member and volunteer for the Orange County Paralegal Association for 3 years and was awarded a student scholarship from OCPA in 2016. Katherine has volunteered as the Immigration Section Chair and this year is the Criminal Section Chair.  She looks forward to engaging in another leadership role within the organization.  

As an OC Native, she enjoys the outdoors. She hopes to continue to assist and influence diverse communities in her role with OCPA while sharing her passion for her career with others.
 

Lorena Hughes

Lorena received her Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She previously worked as a manager in the hospitality industry and has extensive experience in business. Lorena moved on to pursue a career in the legal field and earned her Paralegal Certificate at the University of California, Irvine Division for Continuing Education. She is a paralegal at the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc., specializing in criminal defense. Lorena is also a certified Notary Public and Spanish Interpreter at the law firm.

Lorena is currently OCPA’s Compendium Editor and co-chair for the Hospitality section. She served as President for OCPA in 2017 and as Vice President of Administration in 2015 and 2016. Lorena is a frequent guest speaker for student paralegal classes at Santa Ana College and UCI Division for Continuing Education. In the past she has chaired the Criminal Section for OCPA, the Hospitality section, and co-chaired the 27th Annual OCPA Educational Conference.

Lorena believes that with her passion for the legal industry and with her dedication and commitment on the Board of Directors, she can continue contributing towards OCPA’s mission. Lorena would like to continue the high standards that OCPA has set for educational, career, and networking opportunities that have been specially designed for the membership over the years. Lorena enjoys getting to know others and building relationships, which naturally increases growth and career development opportunities.



Tracy Morgan, CP 
tmorgan2@gibsondunn.com

Tracy has been in the legal industry for over 15 years and has been a paralegal for over 10 years.  Tracy obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton and her Paralegal Certificate from the University of California, Irvine Extension Program.

Tracy started her legal career as a legal secretary working in-house for Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company where, after obtaining her paralegal certificate, she transitioned in to the role of paralegal.  Since then Tracy has worked for large law firms and, most recently, for Gibson Dunn & Crutcher where she has been a litigation paralegal for 11 years handling various matters including general litigation, wage and hour class actions, mass tort, international litigation, patent litigation and environmental litigation.

Tracy has previously served the Orange County Paralegal Association as a Director at Large during 2004, 2005 2017 and 2018.

Tracy is passionate about the paralegal profession as a career choice and is excited to share her passion and enthusiasm for the paralegal profession with others.  Tracy believes she can do this by serving as an Orange County Paralegal Association board member.  Her goals for 2019 are to assist the Orange County Paralegal Association to continue to provide exceptional educational programs to its members that are both interesting and relevant.  Tracy would also like to work more closely with paralegal students preparing them for a successful career in the paralegal profession.

In her free time, Tracy enjoys volunteering, traveling and spending time with her husband Michael and their two dogs Buzz and Charlie.


Joi Millet, ACP, CAS

joi.ocparalegal@gmail.com

Joi served as Vice President of Administration for 2018 and 2019. Joi has been a member of the Board of Directors for the past 6 years and seeks to expand her contribution to the paralegal community.  Joi has worked primarily in Family Law for over 10 years and enjoys the personal experiences which come with working in Family Law. Joi is a Paralegal with The Law Office of Patricia A. Hendrickson in Huntington Beach, California. 

Joi has earned her Advanced Certified Paralegal certification, as well as a California Advanced Specialist in Discovery certification, through the National Association of Legal Assistants.  Joi earned her certification in Early Childhood Education from Citrus College in Azusa, California, and was a member of the newspaper staff while attending. Joi worked as a Preschool Teacher while obtaining her Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies from Platt College in Ontario, California, earning an award for Excellence in Legal Research and Writing.  Joi speaks regularly at paralegal programs with University of California, Irvine, Fullerton College, Fremont College, Irvine Valley College and Santa Ana College.  

The Orange County Paralegal Association has a long legacy of success that Joi has admired and has been fortunate to be involved over the past 6 years.  Joi looks forward to spending another year serving the paralegal community in Orange County. 


Carrera Mullinax, CP

carreramullinax@gmail.com

Carrera has served as the OCPA’s Vice President of Administration (2017), coordinating the 2017 Section meetings, Carrera looks forward to continuing a leadership role on the Board. Besides regularly attending many Section meetings since first becoming a member in 2010, Carrera strongly believes in the continuing education and mentoring of fellow paralegals. To that end, Carrera actively volunteers as a mentor for the UCI Division of Continuing Education’s Paralegal Certificate Program, has previously taught at OCPA’s CP/CLA review course, and hosted 2016’s OCPA Member Family Day event.

Carrera is a National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)–certified paralegal and currently works as the paralegal to the City Attorney for the City of Newport Beach since 2014. Prior to her current job, she worked in private practice in Family Law and Probate for seven years. Her experience in both transactional law and litigation allows her to relate to a variety of fellow paralegals in our industry.

Her role in the City Attorney’s office continues to assist her in being an excellent member of Board of Directors because she helps steer a large organization in managing its people, projects, and liabilities. She fulfills and helps similar responsibilities and duties that are required and valued in both the City and OCPA. These responsibilities include excellent service to their constituents, being a role model of integrity, understanding conflicts of interest, preservation of confidentiality, protection of assets, and maintaining ethical values.


Kerry Schoonover

kerryschoonover.ocpa@gmail.com


Kerry has experience working in various areas of law including corporate, litigation, mortgage and auto sales finance compliance and licensing. She is currently working in-house in the Compliance Department at Guaranteed Rate, Inc. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Vanguard University in Costa Mesa in 2005 and an ABA approved Paralegal Certificate from the University of California, Irvine in 2009.

Kerry has served the OCPA for many years as a Director at Large 2010-2014 and 2018, Hospitality Chair 2010-2013, Educational Conference Chair in 2012, Vice President of Administration 2013-2014, President in 2015, Secretary 2016-2017, Pro Bono Chair in 2018, and Webmaster in 2019.  She is passionate about serving the OCPA membership on the Board of Directors and has enjoyed being involved in the planning and decision-making aspects of the association.


Leanna Su

leanna.ocpa@gmail.com

Leanna works as a Corporate Paralegal in the Mergers & Acquisitions department of Brown and Streza LLP. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Law & Society from the University of California, San Diego in 2014 and completed the Paralegal Certificate program at the University of California, Irvine in 2016.

Leanna began her legal career while attending UCSD, volunteering as a JusticeCorps intern at San Diego Superior Court's Family Law Facilitator's Office. During her time as a JusticeCorps intern, she worked under the supervision of an attorney and court staff to assist self-represented litigants navigate the legal system. She also volunteered with and eventually served on the board of UCSD's Community Law Project, a student-run organization focused on raising awareness about various social, legal, and policy issues that impact under-represented communities.

After obtaining her Paralegal Certificate, Leanna worked as a family law paralegal in a boutique law firm specializing in family law and criminal defense before joining Brown and Streza. Currently, Leanna works closely with Brown and Streza's Mergers & Acquisitions department to facilitate transactions from start to finish, from the review and maintenance of due diligence materials to the management and delivery of closing documents.

As a member of the OCPA, Leanna has come to understand the importance of fostering a community of support and education. She has personally experienced the positive impact of the OCPA and hopes to give back to the community by serving on its board. In the coming year, Leanna would like to dedicate more time to both the Orange County paralegal community as well as the local community. 


Kai Williamson, M. Ed.

kwilliamson.ocpa@gmail.com

Kai has 28 years of experience in corporate law and currently works for Alorica Corporation as an International Corporate Paralegal handling issues related to international corporate governance matters. In addition, Kai is an instructor at the University of California, Irvine Continuing Education Division and Santa Ana College teaching both Introduction to Law and Corporate Law. Kai’s educational background includes a M. Ed. In Higher Education, B.A. in Legal Studies and a Paralegal Certificate.

Kai has served on the Board of Directors fourteen consecutive years. She has held various roles including: Secretary one year, NALA Liaison two years, Vice President of Administration one year, Vice President of Policy six years, Chairperson of Student Services eleven years, Corporate/Real Estate Chairperson five years, Database Coordinator three years, Corporate Sponsorship five years, Website Coordinator two years, and President two years (2009-2010).

Kai is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the 2008 National Super Star Paralegal of the Year Award, the 2012 UCI DCE Distinguished Advisory Board Member award, the 2012 National Affiliates Award from the National Association of Legal Assistants (“NALA”) the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Orange County Paralegal Association (“OCPA”),  the 2015 UCI DCE Distinguished Instructor Award and the 2019 UCI DCE Dean’s Outstanding Service Award. 


Linda K Wolf, CP

wolf494@roadrunner.com

Linda received her Associate of Applied Business in Paralegal Studies from Lakeland Community College in 1996 and a Bachelor of Arts in Paralegal Studies from Notre Dame College of Ohio in 1999. Linda has over twenty years of experience in various areas of transactional law.  The past thirteen years she worked at a firm doing public financing for school districts.

Prior to moving to California, Linda was a member of the Cleveland Association of Paralegals (CAP), and held the offices of Secretary of the Board, VP of Administration, and Newsletter Editor.  She was also the CAP’s delegate to the National Federation of Paralegal Association’s (NFPA) annual meetings for several years during the time their PACE credentialing exams were in the infancy stage.  During that time, she was also an associate member of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Paralegal Committee while the Bar Association was considering the licensing of paralegals. 

Additionally, Linda held offices of president, secretary, and treasurer for several parent high school booster associations for over 15 years (even after her daughters had graduated and gone on to college) and was the chair of budget, scholarship, membership drive, and other miscellaneous committees too numerous to recall. mailto:joi.ocparalegal@gmail.com