Directors at large

OCPA's Directors at Large have a vital role in ensuring the organization runs smoothly and for the benefit of our members.  Our team is committed to deliver value and opportunities to our members.


Jennifer Burton

Jennifer graduated with an Associate of Science degree in paralegal studies from South Coast College.  She currently works as a Paralegal at Starting Over, Inc., a nonprofit organization, which involves post-conviction relief, expungement, criminal defense, civil and family law.

Jennifer came to OCPA in 2020 as a student liaison and quickly became a Co-chair for the Criminal Section.  She has been actively involved in many of the MCLE events, including the 2021 Educational Conference. 

In 2022, she would like to continue to assist hosting with criminal and other MCLE presentations.  Most importantly, she will bring her enthusiasm and support to make this excellent paralegal association even better and stronger. 

Karen Dahl

Karen is an in-house senior corporate paralegal with 20 years of experience in the following areas: corporate governance, securities, regulatory insurance, and compliance. She is currently working for Automobile Club of Southern California, a non-profit mutual benefit corporation. She worked for 16 years as a corporate paralegal at a publicly traded title insurance corporation. She quickly moved up the ranks to senior and found a securities paralegal position at Autoweb, Inc., a public corporation in the online automobile business, where she worked for 2 years.

Karen earned her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine (“UCI”). She also completed her Paralegal Certificate Program from UCI Extension and she is in process of obtaining her Certified Corporate Governance Professional designation from The Society of Corporate Governance.

Karen is passionate about the paralegal profession as a career choice and she’s excited to share her passion, enthusiasm, and knowledge with others, in addition to raising the bar for paralegals to become more proficient in their specialty and skillful in their chosen path. Karen plans to provide guidance by contributing to OCPA’s culture with strategic focus and effectiveness as well as serve as an ambassador and advocate for the association. 

 

Kevin Franklin

Kevin currently works as a Paralegal for Edlin, Gallagher, Huie + Blum. Kevin recently received his certificate from Santa Ana College ABA Paralegal program.

As a new paralegal, Kevin wants to make a positive impact and significantly invest, by way of service, on the future of OCPA. His 2022 goals include giving back to the organization that has tremendously assisted him as a student. In addition, he wants to strengthen mentorship and diversity within the local paralegal community.

As a former professional baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves, Kevin understands and wholly subscribes to the foundational principles of the “team” concept to accomplish the mission.  Kevin is committed to bringing his spirit of excellence and passion to serve OCPA in this role.


Diona Fu

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. She has also obtained her Contract Management Certificate from the University of California, Irvine in 2019.  Diona began her legal career during her undergraduate studies, where she worked in an immigration law firm, Law Offices of Deacon Zhang, that specialized in employment-based and business-oriented immigration matters. Later, she joined Brown and Streza, LLP, a business succession planning law firm, where she supported two attorneys that specialize in corporate law, M&A, and business succession planning. In addition, she worked as a legal writer for Fragomen Worldwide, an international immigration law firm, specializing in drafting technically detailed petitions for foreign nationals with extraordinary abilities. Currently, Diona works as a Contract Specialist at Blizzard Entertainment.

Diona joined the OCPA at the start of her paralegal certificate program as a student liaison 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 served on the Board of Directors as the Pro-Bono Chair and Educational Conference Chair for OCPA, focusing her efforts on creating meaningful volunteering events. Additionally, she served as the Hospitality Co-Chair in 2020.


Nicholas Guzowski, CP

Nick currently works as a litigation paralegal for Parker, Ibrahim & Berg, LLP. Nick received his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara and his paralegal certificate from UCI in September of 2019. While in school he was a student advisor to the OCPA and got to see how the organization is run.

Nick recently became a NALA Certified Paralegal.  He looks forward to learning how the organization works, as well as from all the other paralegals that have vast experience in different areas of the law.

 

Julianna Hallsted, MLS, SHRM-CP

In addition to her extensive experience in real estate and finance, particularly in regulatory and compliance matters, Julie is experienced in corporate, labor and employment, intellectual property law, and contracts administration and management.  She is currently employed as Sr. Contracts Consultant at the regional headquarters of a corporation with service offices in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Julie holds a Master, legal studies degree from Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, a BA in organizational administration/organizational leadership from Chapman University, Brandman Campus, and obtained her AA degree and paralegal certificate from Coastline Community College as well as certificates in business, HR, and supervision/management. She holds the NALA professional designations of Certified Paralegal and Advanced Certified Paralegal (Trademarks and Contract Administration/Management) as well as Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and SHRM-CP.  

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


Kelley Jones-Horwood

Kelley Jones-Horwood seeks position of Director at Large for 2022. A Southern California native, Kelley has over 20 years of experience as a legal education administrator. She is currently the Fullerton College Paralegal Studies Program administrator. In addition, she has extensive experience as a paralegal in family law and as a workers’ compensation adjustor earning a California Self-Insured Certificate.

She completed her undergraduate degree at California Baptist University in Public Administration and is currently in the last semester in pursuit of both an Associate of Science degree and Certificate in Paralegal Studies at Fullerton College. She is an active member of several professional associations including the American Bar Association, Orange County Paralegal Association, and the National Association of Legal Assistants.

 

EJ Jones

EJ has over 19 years’ experience as a paralegal working in various areas of law including corporate securities, bankruptcy, litigation, compliance, and licensing.  EJ has previously served as a Director at Large for OCPA’s Board of Directors from 2012-2014. Additionally, she has previously served as the Corporate Sponsorship Chair and Co-Chair of the Educational Conference section from 2012-2014 for OCPA organization. EJ speaks regularly at paralegal programs and is an advocate for foster care youth in Orange County and Los Angeles County.  She is currently working at Virgin Galactic as a Sr. Paralegal, Corporate and Securities.  She earned her AA degree in Liberal Arts in 2004 from Coastline Community College and an ABA Paralegal Certificate in 2006 from Coastline Community College.

EJ really enjoys working in her legal career and enjoys working with people.  She understands that hard work does pay off and she will bring her organization skills, her wonderful personality and excellent communication skills to the table.


Tammy Manning-Dickerson, MBA, CP

Tammy Manning Dickerson, MBA, CP, is past President, Treasurer, NALA Liason, Director at Large, Hospitality Co-Chair, and Section Co-Chair for Corporate Law.  She was also the Chairperson for the 2014 Educational Conference with the Orange County Paralegal Association. She has previously served as chair on the domestic violence committee for the Langston Bar Association and as Vendor Relations Chair for the Minnesota Paralegal Association.  

Tammy has over 20 years of experience as a paralegal, and currently works as a global legal operations manager for Envista Holdings Corporation, a publicly traded company. In her role, she manages the legal department, handles various types of corporate contracts, governance, mergers, litigation, employment, and product liability matters. Tammy earned both her masters and bachelor’s degrees from California Baptist University and is a Certified Paralegal through the National Association of Legal Assistants. She has been a guest speaker on corporate law at University of California Riverside, University of California Irvine, and The Legal Secretaries Association. 

Tammy believes that her desire and dedication to mentorship in the paralegal community, and her belief in the Orange County Paralegal Association’s mission, will allow her to serve as a successful Director at Large to all our members. 


Louis Martinez

Louis graduated from California State University, Fullerton with his Bachelor of Science in Health Science. Soon after, he obtained his Paralegal Certificate from Santa Ana College in 2019. Louis has worked at Callahan & Blaine, APLC for seven years where he has held various roles, including the role of paralegal for the past two years. His firm specializes in complex business litigation, insurance litigation, and personal injury, to name a few.

Louis joined the OCPA while earning his paralegal certificate and served as a Student Liaison in 2018 to be a bridge between the OCPA and Santa Ana College paralegal students. By actively attending board meetings, he was able to participate and volunteer in numerous OCPA events. Working closely with the organization has inspired Louis to provide the same support he received and spread it to others within the legal community of Orange County.

Louis wishes to serve the OCPA and all its members as a Director at Large to deliver the best networking and educational opportunities possible and take on the responsibility of continuing to build the organization through hard work and diligence.


Joi Millett, ACP, CAS

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 7 years.  Joi looks forward to spending another year serving the paralegal community in Orange County.


Noah Motabar

Noah earned his Paralegal Certificate from the University of California, Irvine. Noah has experience with immigration law and has processed hundreds of corporate immigration cases on behalf of Amazon, helping highly qualified professionals attain lawful permanent residence in the United States. Furthermore, Noah has experience working on high-profile homicide trials at the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, including the infamous McStay Family Murders. 

Noah graduated from the University of California, Riverside, in 2020. There he served as a volunteer for the Global Medical Brigades, organizing food drives for the local homeless population and helping facilitate medical/dental equipment donations to vulnerable communities in Ghana and Venezuela.

Noah is eager to serve and improve the career prospects of current/future paralegals in Orange County and looks forward to fostering a tight-knit collegial atmosphere amongst his fellow Board Members. Noah hopes that together they can increase membership, further broaden the association’s appeal, and build on the work of prior/incumbent Board Members to create more impactful volunteer/career-building opportunities at a higher frequency.


Carrera Mullinax, CP

Carrera is currently your Mentorship Committee Co-Chair and a former Vice President of Administration (2017), coordinating the 2017 Section meetings. Carrera looks forward to continuing a leadership role on the Board and guiding and connecting our membership together through the OCPA’s Mentor Program. Besides regular attendance at 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.

Leanna Su

Leanna works as a Real Estate Paralegal for Chick-fil-A, Inc. 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. Early last year, she obtained her Contract Management Certificate at the University of California, Irvine.

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. In addition, she worked as a mergers & acquisitions paralegal at a midsize law firm, facilitating stock stales, asset sales, and real estate transactions. Currently, Leanna works closely with a variety of teams at Chick-fil-A, Inc. to secure and safeguard real estate assets and provide new opportunities for Operators.

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 she hopes to give back to the community by continuing to serve on its board in 2022. In the coming year, Leanna would like to dedicate more time to both the Orange County paralegal community as well as the local community.



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