Meet the leaders of our chapter
“If you hang out with chickens, you’re going to cluck and if you hang out with eagles, you’re going to fly.” – by Steve Maraboli
Denise Rock – 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.
Sherry Webber, CP, FCP, FRP – 1st Vice-President
Sherry has also 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.
Rosanna Schachtele, FRP – 2nd Vice President
Rosanna is currently employed with Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather, Keen & Littky-Rubin, as a paralegal/investigator. She has worked as a paralegal for over 16 years. Rosanna is currently the Secretary for this chapter of PAF, Inc., the 2015 Paralegal Representative of the Palm Beach County Justice Association, a paralegal board member of the Hispanic Bar Association and serves on the Families First of Palm Beach County’s Development Committee. Rosanna was also appointed by the Supreme Court in July, 2014 to serve on the UPL committee for the Florida Bar for a three year term. Since coming to Palm Beach County in 2012, Rosanna has served as the chair for the Profession Development Committee, a committee member of the 2012 & 2014 HCE Committee and a co-chair of the 2013 HCE Committee for this chapter. Additional, she was the 2013 & 2014 Paralegal Representative for the Palm Beach County Justice Association and severed on multiple committees for this organization. Finally, she was a paralegal board member on the 2014 Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association executive board and worked on numerous committees.
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.
Tina Contino, CP – Treasurer
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.
Donna B. Cooper, CP, FRP – Immediate Past President
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.
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.