By Laura E. A. Thirion, Katz Korin Cunningham
The Indiana Paralegal Association, Inc. (“IPA”) held its annual swearing-in and awards ceremony at the Skyline Club on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. The featured guest speaker was The Honorable Steven R. Eichholtz, Judge of the Marion County Superior Court, Probate Division, who honored the newly elected IPA officers and directors by conducting the installation ceremony.
The officers and directors of the IPA serve on the Board of Directors. The Board consists of four officers and 12 directors. These 16 paralegals volunteer their time to serve a one-year term. During their term, the officers and directors swear to represent IPA’s members’ interests to the best of their skills and abilities. The newly elected officers and directors are as follows:
President: Lottie Wathen, Cohen & Malad LLP
Vice President: Everlla H. Savage, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
Secretary: Jennifer Ebersold (Dickerson), Selective Insurance
Treasurer: Kathy Thurston, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman
CLE Director: Cheri Spicer, Indiana Education Employment Relations Board
Education Director: Nichole Miller, Mallor Grodner LLP
Ethics Director: Kristy King-Gordon, Howes & Howes, LLP
Fundraising Director: Jodie Bergeron, Cohen & Malad LLP
Job Bank Director: Julie Johnson, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
Marketing/PR Director: Laura E. A. Thirion, Katz Korin Cunningham LLP
Membership Director: Amy Yeskie, Krieg DeVault LLP
Monthly Meeting Director: Kallie Serrano
Newsletter Director: Angela Woodlee, Indianapolis Colts
NFPA Primary Rep.: Tracey Woolsey, Cummins Inc.
Parliamentarian: Sarah Ogden, Cummins Inc.
Technology Director: Jamie Burks, Citizens Energy Group
Each year, the IPA presents awards to honor its members who have displayed exceptional abilities and who put their many virtues to work to better the organization. Four awards were presented at the ceremony this year. The awards and recipients are as follows:
Paralegal of the Year Award was awarded to Rhonda Murphy, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
Outstanding Board Member of the Year Award was awarded to Rhonda Murphy, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
New Member of the Year Award was awarded to Amy Yeskie, Krieg DeVault LLP
Paralegal Employer of the Year was awarded to Krieg DeVault LLP (Indianapolis, IN)
This is a new award which was started in 2015 wherein IPA votes for the award to be given to a law firm, corporation, organization or governmental entity that encourages membership of its paralegals in IPA, supports its paralegals attending IPA monthly meetings, supports IPA by sponsoring events and actively promotes the education of current and future paralegals.
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