2016-2017 Board of Directors
There is currently one vacancy on the SVPA Board. Working members of SVPA are eligible to serve on the Board. Contact us to learn more about becoming a Director.
The Board of Directors is responsible for setting policy, implementing programs, and representing the interests of our members. The board meets the fourth Tuesday of the month February – November. See our calendar for information on the next board meeting.
Eric Garcia, President, CAPA Representative & College Liaison
Eric is a 2008 graduate of the MTI Paralegal Program and has been a member of SVPA since 2007. Eric is currently employed as a Paralegal in the areas of Plaintiff Personal Injury, Probate, Estate Planning as well as has had previous experience in Family Law, and an extensive background in Human Resources. In addition, Eric’s 20+ years in the medical fields of Diagnostic Radiology and/or Clinical Research industry enables him to navigate through complex personal injury cases. He is committed to advancing the profession of Paralegals as well as providing support to Sacramento area Paralegal/Legal Assisting Programs.
Sharon Gong, J.D., Vice President Membership
Sharon received her Juris Doctor from Lincoln Law School, Sacramento, CA in 1998 and has worked as a Paralegal in the Sacramento and Roseville area for over 15 years. She is currently working as a Senior Paralegal at Koeller Nebeker Carlson Haluck, LLP. in Roseville, CA. Ms. Gong has served as an SVPA Director since 2015.
Kathy Bailey, J.D., Vice President Education
Kathy received her Bachelor degree in English from Arizona State University and her Juris Doctor from Lincoln Law School of Sacramento, CA. She previously taught in the paralegal program
at Heald College for over 5 years. She has worked in a variety of legal roles in corporate, government, small and large law firms. Ms. Bailey is currently employed at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, a large international law firm and is dedicated to helping others reach their full potential.
Janine Orsi, Treasurer
Janine has been a member of SVPA for sisteen years, serving as a Director and Treasurer. She has worked as a paralegal for 26 years for the California Attorney General’s office in Tort, Condemnation, and Administrative law.
Jessica Kloepfel, Secretary, SCBA Alternate
Jessica received her AA in Paralegal Studies from MTI College in 2013 where she also received her Legal Secretary Certificate in 2012. Jessica has had the opportunity to be a part of the legal team of Jones & Dyer since 2014, Jessica is a key support staff member of the firm who provides extensive pretrial and post-trial (appeals) litigation support to six attorneys with practice focused in business, insurance defense and public entity litigation.
Mary McLaughlin, RP, Director & NFPA Primary
Mary is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University’s paralegal program. She has over 22 years experience as a paralegal and is active in paralegal affairs on local, state and national levels. She is a Registered Paralegal. She has served on several paralegal association boards, and as Member Benefits Coordinator for the National Federation of Paralegal Associations.
Mary Schneider, Director, CAPA Primary Representative
Mary graduated from CSU, Chico with a B.A. in Liberal Studies and a minor in Health Science. In 2014 she earned her A.A. in Paralegal Studies from MTI. Currently she works with The Law Offices of Carlson & Gevelinger specializing in Family Law and Probate. As a member of SVPA Mary realizes the importance of professional development and the vital role paralegal organizations hold in helping its members maintain their skills and competency.
Emily Larsen, CRP, Director
Emily received her B.A. from University of Puget Sound in 1992, and her Paralegal Certificate from CSU, Chico in 1997. She has been working in the legal profession for over 20 years, primarily as a paralegal in civil litigation and is currently employed as a Senior Litigation Paralegal at Butte County Counsel. She recently completed her Master of Public Administration at CSU, Chico, and is currently studying for the PCCE Exam as well as the CEDS Exam. Emily is interested in advancing the paralegal profession and encouraging individual paralegals to achieve their personal and professional goals.
Rhonda Harrigan, Director, SCBA Primary
After 8 years as a legal secretary, Rhonda returned to school to earn her Paralegal degree from Blackstone in 2009. Rhonda supports several Rivera & Associates practice areas, with an emphasis on Litigation, Personal Injury, Civil Rights, Insurance Defense and Construction Defect. Ms. Harrigan has served as SVPA since 2015.
Keri Heaton, Director, Editor
Keri has been with Duggan Law Corporation as their litigation secretary and paralegal since December 2013. Keri graduated summa cum laude from California State University, Sacramento with a B.A. in Journalism in 2011. She went on to earn her Paralegal Certificate from University of California, Davis in 2013. Keri’s past experience includes freelancing for School Innovation & Advocacy’s Cabinet Report and working in the public relations department of the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District.
Alisa Razumovsky, Director, Social Media
Alisa graduated from San Diego State with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. In 2011 she earned her paralegal certificate from the University of San Diego. She began her paralegal career working in the field of Business Immigration Law for 5 years. She currently works in the field of alternate dispute resolution for JAMS. She appreciates the variety in which the legal profession has to offer. She is committed to advancing the Paralegal profession in the Sacramento area and serving the community around her.