Contino, Tina M. CP, FRP
Tina is a paralegal at the law offices of Markarian & Hayes in Palm Beach Gardens. She first joined the Palm Beach County Chapter of PAF as a Student member while attending Palm Beach State College. After graduating and being promoted to Paralegal at the Firm she became an active member. Tina received her CP designation in March 2013 and is also a Florida Registered Paralegal. Before being elected President, she first joined the Chapter Board as Parliamentarian and later was elected Treasurer and First Vice President. she continues to sell 50/50 raffle tickets at our monthly dinner meetings. Tina has also served on the Holiday Charity Committee and sold 50/50 raffle tickets at the dinner meetings. 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.
Eckman, Angela J. FRP
Angela has been in the legal industry for approximately 32 years. She currently works at Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A. and has been there for 21 years and works for a team of three lawyers, Karen E. Terry, Esquire, Matthew K. Schwencke, Esquire and Andrea Lewis, Esquire. At Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A. she handles personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, nursing home, and prescription case in addition to other areas of practice. Presently involved with the following organizations: Palm Beach County Chapter, Paralegal Association of Florida – December 2010 to present, Board Member and Secretary – June 2017 to present, Florida Registered Paralegal – December 2009 to present, Palm Beach County Bar Association – January 2012 to present, Palm Beach County Justice Association – October 2010 – present, Friends of Foster Children – Board Member and Secretary – 2011 to present. In her free time, she enjoys reading, fitness workouts and yoga.
Patterson, Olga ACP, FCP, FRP
Chapter 1st Vice President
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.
Beecher, Michael G. CP, FRP
Chapter 2nd Vice President
In 2012, Michael Beecher became interested in the legal profession after years of work as a business owner, advertising copywriter and creative director. He went back to school and began his paralegal career in 2014, working for small and large firms in Palm Beach County. Michael is a Certified Paralegal and Florida Registered Paralegal, and, while pursuing his CP, was awarded the Paralegal Association of Florida - Palm Beach County Chapter Professional Development Scholarship. Michael has one daughter and two granddaughters.
Genna is a paralegal at the law offices of Proskauer Rose LLP in Boca Raton. Genna became an active member of the Palm Beach Chapter of PAF thanks to the Palm Beach Chapter’s past president and parliamentarian, Donna B. Cooper, CP, FRP. After Genna became Treasurer, she received her CP designation as well as her FRP designation. Genna admits that her favorite part about being Treasurer is that she gets to be a voice for local charities and sell 50/50 raffle tickets at our monthly dinner meetings. Genna also serves as our Social Committee Chairperson and had the opportunity to chair the 2017 Holiday Charity Event, which raised over $10,000. Before becoming a paralegal, Genna was a retail manager at the prestigious Town Center Mall in Boca Raton, Florida.
Webber, Sherry CP, FCP, FRP
Immediate Past Chapter President
Sherry has been a Litigation Paralegal in the Palm Beach County Attorney’s Office, for over 12 years. Before that working in the private sector, doing both plaintiff and defense assignments in firms around the Palm Beach County area. She has been active since joining PAF, Inc. / PBCC in 1999, serving on the Executive Board in almost every capacity, including serving as Law Week Chair since 2004 and recently assuming the role of Career Network Chair in 2017. And lastly, on the State level, she became the Editor of “In Brief” in 2014.
Cooper, Donna B. CP,FRP
Donna is a trust and estate paralegal working at Proskauer Rose LLP in Boca Raton. She has been a paralegal for more than 20 years, the last 9 years here in Florida, and a certified paralegal for 8 years. Although Donna worked in a law firm while attending Queens College of CUNY in New York, she has also worked for General Motors selling short-term investments, and only went back to the legal field after her third daughter was born. She has been active in the Chapter since joining in 2006, first selling 50/50 tickets, then on the HCE and Seminar Committees, then on the Board serving as Secretary, Treasurer, and finally, as President. She was also the Treasurer of the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc. for 2014-2015.