Directors at Large

Maureen Barlow, CP

Maureen Barlow has 20 years of experience in Real Estate, Mortgage Lending, Probate, and Corporate areas of law and is currently employed with a non-profit corporation in Huntington Beach as a Real Estate paralegal and is also a certified notary public.   Maureen also taught at UCI for three years helping to further the paralegal career of incoming students.  Her educational background includes a BA in Political Science from CSULB, a paralegal certificate from Coastline, and the Certified Paralegal designation from NALA since 2002.

She is currently a member of OCPA’s Board of Directors and holds the position of Director at Large.  She has served on the Executive Committee as the NALA liaison for several years and as a Director at Large for over 10 years.  She has also served as Chair of the following committees:  Educational Conference, Hospitality, CLA Review Course, Salary Survey, and Vendor Mixer.

Serving the members of OCPA has always been a passion of Maureen’s over her professional career.  

Caroline Bialeck

Caroline Bialeck graduated from UCI with her paralegal certificate in June 2012.  She went on to become a patent prosecution paralegal with Farjami & Farjami in Mission Viejo.  From there she went to Canon USA, Inc. and then in April 2016 she achieved her dream goal of becoming a patent prosecution paralegal at Beckman Coulter in Brea. 

OCPA has played an integral role in both her career and in the area of law she chose to pursue – IP.  Through OCPA she met the most inspiring and wonderful people and she joined the Board as her way of giving back.  Carol served as the Pro Bono Co-Chair for three terms which was a heartwarming experience.  In addition, she served as an Educational Conference volunteer and frequently helped with other projects as needed throughout the year.  Carol took 2016 off as a Board member to recharge and she looks forward to returning in 2017 with renewed energy and purpose.

Milady Cambare

Milady has more than 12 years of experience as a paralegal specializing in Corporate Law and Contracts and is currently working as a Senior Paralegal and Compliance Coordinator at Radiometer America Inc., a Danaher Corporation.  Milady has a B.A. in Communications-Journalism from Cal State Fullerton, a Paralegal Certificate from UCLA Extension, and a Management of Business Certificate from UC Irvine Extension.  Milady is the recipient of the 2016 National Affiliates Award from the National Association of Legal Assistants (“NALA”) for her work in pro bono with OCPA. 

Milady believes that helping those in need and bringing a smile to people’s faces is what makes volunteering so rewarding and that OCPA has made a difference in the community.  Some the events that Milady has organized with OCPA include volunteering at the OC Food Bank in Garden Grove, Someone Care Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa, Miracles for Kids with Children’s Hospital of Orange County, and the 2016 Great Wine Festival with Legal Aid Society of Orange County.  Milady is also a regular volunteer at the Orangewood Children’s Home, which serves to foster youth in Orange County, and she continues to look for more great opportunities to help give back. 


Tanya Chopra

In addition to her service as Director at Large since 2009, Tanya serves as Hospitality Chair.  She previously served as Secretary in 2009-2010 and as co-chair for the OCPA Corporate and Real Estate Section. Tanya has nearly eleven years of paralegal experience in Corporate Law and Uniform Commercial Code Secured Transactions. 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. She is honored to be a part of the 2017 Board and assist in efforts in making 2017 another successful year for the OCPA. 


Leila Conrad, CP


For the last five years, Leila Conrad, CP has been employed as a Corporate Paralegal in Newport Beach, California. She has a degree in Political Science from University of California, Irvine. In 2010, Leila obtained her Paralegal Certificate from the University of California, Irvine Extension Program. Leila earned her designation as a Certified Paralegal from the National Association of Legal Assistants in 2012.

Leila has also volunteered her time at Legal Aid Society of Orange County in the Legal Resolutions division. She first joined the Orange County Paralegal Association in 2012. Soon after, she became more involved with the OCPA by volunteering throughout the year as Promotions Chair.

In 2017, Leila continues to serve on the Board of Directors. For the last two years, she has acted as Treasurer on the OCPA executive committee. Previously, Leila served as Co-Chair of the 2013 Educational Conference and in 2014 acted as Hospitality Co-Chair and Compendium Coordinator. Beginning in 2014, Leila was honored to join the Advisory Board of the Irvine Valley College Paralegal Program.


Toni Conway

Toni Conway is an Orange County native and has worked in legal profession for over 10 years.  She graduated from Cerritos College with an Associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies and holds a Notary Public certification. She currently works as a hybrid real estate paralegal at Garrett, De Frenza, Stiepel and Ryder LLP. Previously, Toni worked for Irell and Manella LLP as an IP trial litigation paralegal in Newport Beach where she gained most of her experience while traveling with attorneys for ADR, depositions, and trials across the United States.

Toni is a wife and mother to three girls who she adores. In her free time Toni loves to be outdoors—she’s an avid snowboarder, dirt/mountain bike rider and water skier. Her current side project is working with IRS agents and her uncle on revealing the true story behind the man who caught Al Capone and solved many other high profile racketeering cases from the 1930s – 1950s, special agent Michael Francis Malone. 


Julianna Hallsted, ACP, PHR

In addition to her extensive experience in real estate and finance, particularly in regulatory and compliance matters, Julianna Hallsted, ACP, PHR is experienced in corporate, labor and employment, intellectual property law and contracts administration and management.  She is currently employed at a Global 100 company and adjunct faculty at Fremont College. 

Julie recently finished up her MBA studies at Syracuse University and holds a BA in organizational administration/organizational leadership.  She obtained her AA degree and paralegal certificate as well as certificates in business/HR and supervision and management from Coastline Community College. She holds the professional designations of Certified Paralegal and Advanced Certified Paralegal (Trademarks and Contract Administration/Management) as well as Professional in Human Resources. 

Julie has been a member of OCPA since she began her paralegal studies in 1992 where she has served as director, CP review course chair, corporate/real estate section chair, intellectual property section chair, VP Administration, NALA liaison, VP Policy and President.  She is a graduate of the NALA LEAP (Leadership Enhancement and Preparation) program.  Julie would be honored to have the opportunity to lead OCPA in its continued mission to facilitate paralegal education and advancement of the paralegal profession.


Hilary Martin


Hilary received her Bachelors of Science in Finance, Real Estate and Law with a Minor in Business Economics which she received from California State University, Long Beach. She also received her Paralegal and Human Resources Management Certificates from the University of California, Irvine.

Hilary has twelve years of experience as a paralegal and office administrator in Family Law and is currently employed with Hittelman Strunk Law Group, LLP.

Hilary is presently a Board of Director for OCPA and has served on the Executive Committee as Treasurer in 2013 and 2014, President in 2011 and 2012, and Vice President of Administration 2009 and 2010. Before that, in 2008, 2009, and 2010, Hilary served as Educational Conference Co-Chair, and the Compendium Coordinator. Hilary has also served as the Family Law Section Chair in 2008 through 2011.

Hilary is also an active member of the Orange County, Association of Legal Administrators and is currently serving on the extended board as co-chair of General Meetings/Speakers Committee.  Hilary has also served as the co-chair of the Legal Secretaries Course and co-chair of the Finance & Technology Section.

Hilary enjoys scuba diving, riding her bike, traveling to new places when she isn't working or volunteering and spending time with her daughter.


Kathy Miller, ACP, CAS


Kathy Miller, ACP, CAS, earned her bachelor’s degree from UCI and   her paralegal certificate, with honors, from UCI’s Division of Continuing Education Paralegal Certificate Program (“UCI”). Kathy has over 30 years of litigation paralegal experience including 20 years at Rutan & Tucker in the trial and employment law departments and, since 2006, she has been a Senior Paralegal Specialist for FedEx Express's legal department in its California office.  She obtained her CP credential in 1997, her CAS in 1998 and two ACP certifications in 2006 and 2007.

Kathy’s has 12 years of service on the OCPA Board of Directors including President; Secretary; Treasurer; Compendium Editor; Salary Survey Chair; Employment Section Chair; CAPA Secondary; Education/Career Conference Chair; Ethics Section co-chair; and Mentor Chair. Kathy has served seven years on NALA’s Board of Directors as Region IX Director, Continuing Education Committee (member and Chair), Newsletter Editor; she currently serves on the Certifying Board.

Since 1986, Kathy has been an instructor at UCI and on UCI's Advisory Board. She recently served as Interim Program Director from July 2015 through September 2015.

Kathy is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the 2010 Super Star Paralegal of the Year Award, UCI Distinguished Advisory Board Member, NALA’s National Outstanding Contribution Award and two-time winner of UCI Distinguished Instructor Award.


Joi Millett

Joi serves in her fourth year as Director at Large for the 2017 Orange County Paralegal Association. Joi has worked primarily in Family Law for over 10 years, and enjoys the personal experience that working as a Family Law Paralegal allows. Joi is a Paralegal with the firm of Brandmeyer, Gilligan, & Dockstader LLP in Long Beach, California.

Joi earned her certification in Early Childhood Education from Citrus College in Azusa, California, and was a member of the newspaper staff while attending. She 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.

Tracy Morgan

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 paralegal for 10 years handling various litigation matters including environmental litigation, wage and hour class actions, mass tort, international litigation and patent litigation.

Tracy has previously served the Orange County Paralegal Association as Co-editor of the Compendium, Co-chair Hospitality and as a Director at Large during 2004 and 2005.

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 2017 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 mentor paralegals that are new to the profession by providing practical advice and tips she has gathered during her many years of experience.

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



Brigitte Nielsen        


Brigitte Nielsen is currently VP, HKN & Associates, Inc., where she has partnered up with her husband to provide consulting services in the areas of Information Technology, Legal Services and Sales and Marketing.  She has over 10 years of combined specialized administrative, paralegal and project management experience.  Areas of specialty include, but not limited to: Corporate and Commercial Law, Public Law, Environmental Law and Civil Litigation.  She obtained her Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach, and a dual ABA approved Paralegal Degree and Certificate at Santa Ana College.  Brigitte is an active member of the OCPA Board of Directors and holds the position of Director at Large and Public Relations Liaison.  She is also co-chairing the Pro Bono Committee.  She also previously served as co-chair for the OCPA Corporate/Real Estate Section.
Brigitte thoroughly enjoys spending time with her family and friends.  Being a mother of two young girls is by far her proudest accomplishment.  She plays an active role in her community.  She is leading a group of Brownies, Cadettes and School Liaison for Heritage Elementary School through Girl Scouts of Orange County Council.  She is also the VP, Volunteer Coordinator for Pioneer PTO.  She is an art, music and photography aficionado.  


Shamika Polin, CP


Shamika returns to the board for her second year.  She is currently employed at Wright, Finlay & Zak, LLP in Newport Beach. She graduated from Fremont College in 2008, earning her ABA-Approved Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies. She has over 8 years of Paralegal and administrative experience in the areas of real estate/mortgage litigation, construction litigation, insurance defense, and corporate law.  In March 2015, Shamika successfully completed the comprehensive exam for paralegals through NALA, earning her “CP” designation.  She is also currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Leadership, with an anticipated graduation date of October, 2016.

Shamika has been a member of OCPA since February 2015, and has served as Education Conference co-chair. She is the current Advertising and Corporate Sponsorship Chair, teaches the Communications Section of OCPA’s CP Review Course, and was one of the panel speakers at the 2016 OCPA March Student Section Conference at Santa Ana College. Shamika is actively involved with her church and sings in the adult chorus.  She is also a mother of two beautiful daughters and loves spending time with her family.



Susana Schwartz

Susana Schwartz has served as a Director at Large for the years 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. She has 20 years of Civil Litigation experience. She is currently employed with Wasson & Associates, Inc. She received a B.A. in Business; completed two years at Bryan College of Court Reporting in 1988; four years of various legal writing and technical software night courses at two community colleges; and obtained her Legal Assistantship with Honors from the University of California, Irvine in 1997.  

Susana has been an OCPA member for the past ten years. She has further served as a Litigation Section Co-Chair for the past four years and as an Ethics, Real Estate, Employment, and Intellectual Property Section Co-Chair for the past two years.  She has enjoyed participating on the Board these past four years because of OCPA's high standards and expectations in providing continuous quality education through both the section and general meetings.       


Diana Tierney

Diana Tierney has been an Estate Planning Paralegal since 2010.  Previously serving on the board from 2011 to 2014 plans on bringing her experience to the OCPA. In addition to working as a paralegal Diana is a blogger and avid hiker.




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