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NALS Member Spotlight: Charniece Rollie

Posted By Allison Streepey, B.A., CRS, PLS, Thursday, March 22, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, March 28, 2018

NALS of Missouri - Charniece Rollie - Legal Professional SpotlightCharniece Rollie started her legal career 25 years ago and joined NALS a few years later.  She began as a legal assistant with experience in pro bono, employment law, and civil litigation. She is now Executive Assistant at Baker, Sterchi, Cowden, & Rice LLC, where she has worked for the past four years. She enjoys coordinating and planning events for the staff and attorneys in the firm.

 

Charniece was first featured in the NALS docket eNewsletter in 2013. A lot has happened in five years. Legal careers can take many turns and experiences with NALS can grow too. Charniece has served in various capacities on the local, state, and national levels of NALS. On the local and state level, she has served as President, Vice President, and Secretary. She was the Membership Director for her home chapter, HALPA, the Heart of America Legal Professionals Association and Editor of The Briefcase newsletter for her state chapter, NALS of Missouri. Her favorite local and state event is the annual meeting when the newly elected officers are installed.

 

She joined NALS because she was interested in the organization and because of old and new friends. She said then she wanted to gain more knowledge about what NALS had to offer and now she continues to take advantage of the educational conferences.  “It is a great tool for furthering your career. NALS helps me to stay in contact with people.  If I have a question about anything, there is a connection, there are resources that I can use either to get my questions answered or just to have a friendly conversation.” 

 

She stays connected with NALS members from her local and state chapters too, and feels that this is the most important part of sharing and growing the organization.  Charniece recommends finding out what made the member join and working as a team in the chapter to customize the offerings and communications. “All our members are valuable and have special talents to bring to NALS.”

 

Charniece is a natural leader with a positive outlook.  Her personal goal with NALS is “to be able to work with an awesome group of people and also to grow as a leader. “  All of this happened when she became a member of a NALS National Committee, where she served on the Webinar Committee and now is on the Leadership Identification Committee.  Charniece feels this is one of her greatest accomplishment at NALS.

 

Charniece says everyone at NALS is her role model because they are there for the same reason that she is and this is very motivational.  At the national NALS conferences, she enjoys the welcome reception where she gets to see old and new friends and participate in the NALS Foundation Raffles. 

 

As if a legal career doesn’t keep Charniece busy enough, she has two children, Jasmine 31, and Jereme 26, and two grandchildren, Mario, 4 and Nichyi, 7.  Any spare time she has is spent reading, shopping, planting flowers, hanging out with family, and going to the movies.  Her favorite book is the Holy Bible, “which builds your character, you find out the plan that God has for your life, and teaches you how you should conduct yourself in your everyday life.” Charniece also volunteers frequently at “Harvesters,” the Community Food Network, and is a “Lead to Read” Volunteer at Garfield Elementary School in the Kansas City, Missouri School District.

 

In 2013, she said, “Leadership is service. Service is leadership. Do what you can wherever you can.” This motto is still serving her well at work, at NALS, with her family, in church, and in the community. This statement truly describes Charniece and her connection to all people.

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