Palm Beach Chapter

Leadership

Sherry Webber, CP, FCP, FRP, President

Sherry has been an Active Member of this Chapter since 1999, having served on the Executive Board in various capacities for several years, and on the Law Week Committee and as Chair for more than 10 years in total. She believes in our organization and our members, and she feels she can continue to be an asset to our Chapter.  Sherry can be reached via email at swebber@pbcgov.org.

Tina Contino, CP, 1st Vice-President

Tina is a paralegal at the law offices of Frank, White-Boyd, Hayes, P.A.. in Palm Beach Gardens. Tina became a Student member of the Palm Beach Chapter of PAF while attending Palm Beach State College. After graduating and being promoted to Paralegal at FWH she became an active member. Tina received her CP designation in March 2013. Before being elected Treasurer, she held the position of Parliamentarian for our Chapter, and she continues to sell 50/50 raffle tickets at our monthly dinner meetings. Tina has also served on the Holiday Charity Committee for the past two years. Before becoming a paralegal Tina was an Office Manager and Bookkeeper at a construction company in New York and a staffing company in Pompano Beach, Florida.  Tina can be reached via email at tina@businessmindedlawfirm.com.

Michael Beecher, 2nd Vice-President

Michael has been a paralegal at Markarian Frank & Hayes since May 2015.  He received both his CP and FCP designations in the Fall of 2015.  Having previously been the owner of Sales Leads, LLC and working in advertising and radio, he brings a different perceptive to the legal profession.  Michael’s hobby is acting – having performed in lots of community theatre and even some professional work.  He has been married for 36 years.  He has a daughter and two granddaughters.  Michael can be reached via email at michael@businessmindedlawfirm.com

Olga Patterson, ACP, FCP, FRP, Secretary

Olga has been a member of the Chapter since 1989.  She is currently a member of the Mass-Torts Department at Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A.  She has been a paralegal since 1989 and has earned her ACP, FCP and FRP designations.  Olga has been active on several committees for the Chapter including Bench Bar Conference and the Annual Seminar being hosted by our Chapter this year.  She is also currently a paralegal Board Member of the Hispanic Bar Association.  Olga can be reached via email at oap@searcylaw.com.

Genna Rubolino, Treasurer

Genna graduated from FAU in Business Management in 2010.  Directly after graduating, she elected to attend the FAU Legal Assistant program, completing it in just one year.  During that time, she learned about all areas of law.  After completion of her certificate, Genna worked as a retail manager until 2013 when she was finally hired by a small family law practice in West Palm Beach as a paralegal.  From there, Genna found what she considers to be her dream job working for Proskauer Rose as a junior paralegal specializing in Estate and Trust Administration.  While at Proskauer, she was introduced to Palm Beach County Chapter Past-President, Donna Cooper, who then introduced Genna to the Paralegal Association of Florida and all of its benefits.  Genna can be reached via email at rubolgr@yahoo.com.

Chris Blackwell, ACP, FRP, Parliamentarian

Chris has been a paralegal with Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A.  since 2010.   Chris started her career as a medical secretary in an orthopedic group for several years working with the auto accident, slip and fall and workers compensation patients and their attorneys.  She dealt with their medical records as well as getting the doctors to depositions and trials.  As a result, she became interested in the legal field and wondered if she could get a job in a law office.  A small personal injury firm took a chance because of her medical and insurance background and  began to teach her what she needed to know about the law.  She started as a receptionist and within 8 months was doing paralegal work and 3 months later was enrolled at Palm Beach State College in the paralegal program and has been hooked ever since.  Now, Chris has been a paralegal for over 16 years.    She first joined PAF in 2005, obtained her certification over 10 years ago and her advanced certification in trial practice 7 years ago.  Chris has served on the HCE Committee for many years in addition to serving as the committee chair for 4 years and running the silent auction for a couple of years after that.  Chris has also served our chapter as the treasurer.  Chris can be reached via email at cblackwell@llw-law.com.

Denise Rock, Past-President

Denise has been a member of the PAF PBCC since joining in the late 1990’s when she was worked as a paralegal at Edwards Angell, then as a paralegal investigator for Yvette Trelles, PA.  Today many of you know Denise as Rock Legal where she provides contract paralegal investigator services to many attorneys.  Denise passed the CP exam back in 1998, but since she let her CLE credits lapse, she’s had the pleasure of taking the exam for a second time under the new testing procedures.  Denise has served the board in the capacity of 1st VP, Secretary, HCE Chair as well as a committee member on numerous other boards.  Denise can be reached via email at Denise@rocklegal.com.