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The Board of Directors is the governing body of NALS. The Board oversees every aspect of the association, always acting in the best interest of the legal services community. One of the main roles of the NALS Board of Directors is to create and maintain the mission and vision of the organization including long-term planning, financial oversight, determining and monitoring programs and services, and advocating for NALS. NALS Board members are all volunteers.

Below you'll find quick links to board related pages, and a listing of the current board members and their bios. Feel free to email the board, as a whole, with questions, comments, or suggestions at board@nals.org.

Quick Links:

NALS Board Blog
Governing Documents
NALS Past Presidents

Current Board Members:

Darlene Howard Holt - President

Legal Assistant, Alexandria, Virginia City Attorney's Office 

Darlene Howard Holt  


Darlene Howard Holt strongly believes in the Japanese proverb “Nanakorobi Ya Oki,” which means, “fall down 7 times, stand up 8.” Darlene is relentless when it comes to accomplishing her goals. Darlene is from northern Virginia where she lives with her husband and three children. She works as a legal assistant in the City Attorney’s Office in Alexandria, Virginia. She has been a member of the legal community for nine years. Shortly after joining NALS in 2013, Darlene started volunteering her time and assistance in any way she could. Darlene serves as Vice President of her local chapter (NVLSA). She is the Chairperson and/or member on several committees at the state level (VALS). Darlene has also served on the NALS Leadership Team through her volunteerism on the following committees/task forces: New Legal Professionals Task Force, Education Products Development Task Force, and the Grassroots-Level Think Tank. Darlene is a member of the Local Government Paralegal Association. Darlene has an associate’s degrree and she is currently enrolled at Strayer University to obtain her bachelor’s degree. In 2015, Darlene earned the Continuing Legal Education Award from NALS.

Nakia A. Bradley-Lawson - Secretary

Legal Assistant, Gevurtz, Menashe, Larson and Howe, P.C.

Nakia Bradley-Lawson
Nakia A. Bradley-Lawson is the legal assistant to the managing partner at Gevurtz, Menashe, Larson and Howe, P.C., the Northwest’s premier family law and estate planning firm. Nakia has been with the firm for over eight years. Prior to working at Gevurtz Menashe, she was a Judicial Assistant for three years before being promoted to serve as an Oregon Judicial Department Family Court Facilitator, a position she held for five years. Nakia was inspired to join NALS after meeting the dynamic, intelligent, and ambitious women in her local chapter. She lives by the philosophy of Richard Tirendi: “If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” She believes it is important to surround herself with inspiring people, and she finds she is in the right room every time one is filled with NALS members. Nakia is also on the Development Committee for Youth, Rights & Justice—a nonprofit law firm that specializes in legislation and litigation for the benefit of Oregon’s foster children. The Development Committee’s main charge is to plan and execute the annual fundraising gala, which raised over $100,000 this year, a record for the organization! Nakia also volunteers as a personal shopper for Dress for Success—a global nonprofit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women. When she is not at Gevurtz Menashe, working with nonprofits, or at NALS events, Nakia enjoys spending time with her daughter, who she feels is her greatest contribution to the world. She believes the challenges that come with being a single mother have benefited her both professionally and personally. Nakia looks forward to the opportunity to apply the skills she has acquired throughout her career to engage, inspire, enhance, and promote legal professionals through NALS. 

Karen S. McElroy, PP, PLS-SC - Director

Legal Assistant/Paralegal, Altman Spence Mitchell & Brown, P.C.

 Karen S. McElroy, PP, PLS 


Karen McElroy, PP, PLS-SC, a paralegal at Altman Spence Mitchell & Brown, P.C. in Fairfax, Virginia, specializing in medical malpractice, has worked in the legal industry for over 35 years. Karen began her legal career in Columbus, Ohio, while attending The Ohio State University, and she joined NALS in 2002 to enhance her career and education. She obtained her Professional Legal Secretary certification in 2003 and Professional Paralegal certification in 2004. Karen has served on the local, state, and national levels and she received the NALS Award of Excellence in 2009. She currently serves on the NALS Board of Directors and is a NALS Past President (2014-2015). Karen is a veteran of the United States Air Force and Ohio Air National Guard, has traveled to many places throughout her life, and now calls Virginia her home where she lives with her husband, Brian, and her two dogs, Lilly and Bonaparte.

Carl H. Morrison, PP-SC, AACP - Director

Paralegal, Foran, Glennon, Palandech, Ponzi & Rudloff, PC

 Carl Morrison, PP-SC, AACP


Carl H. Morrison, PP-SC, AACP, is a certified paralegal with a specialty in civil litigation where he concentrates in the areas of general insurance defense, as well as complex litigation matters. He has presented numerous seminars, webinars and in-house training sessions over the past several years for the Institute for Paralegal Education, NALS, Tulsa Area Paralegal Association, Vicki Voisin – The Paralegal Mentor and Tulsa County Bar Association. Mr. Morrison is a published author, having written numerous articles concerning various paralegal topics and has appeared in such legal publications as@Law, Paralegal Today, Facts & Findings and Paralegal Management. In addition, he has twice appeared on The Paralegal Voice Podcast on the Legal Talk Network with Lynne DeVenney and Vicki Voisin, discussing relevant legal topics. He also has been interviewed and profiled in a popular paralegal e-zineThe Paralegal Mentorby Vicki Voisin. His honors include receiving the NALS Continuing Legal Education Award in March 2011 for his outstanding professional development through legal education, NALS Award of Excellence Finalist in 2011, the Tulsa County Bar Association President’s Award in 2012 for his dedication to the paralegal section, the Tulsa Business & Legal News 2013 Power Attorney & Legal Professional award and the 2013 Tulsa County Bar Association’s Paralegal of the Year Award. He is not only an active member of NALS, but also the Tulsa County Bar Association – Paralegal Section, serving in various leadership roles, American Bar Association, American Association for Paralegal Education and is also a member of the Tulsa Area Paralegal Association. His passion is educating and mentoring future paralegals and is an adjunct professor at Tulsa Community College, teaching various courses in the paralegal program since 2012. He currently serves on the Paralegal Studies Advisory Board for the University of Tulsa and previously served on the Paralegal Studies Advisory Board for Community Care College. He earned his B.S. degree from Northeastern State University in pre-med, his A.S. degree from Tulsa Community College and his diploma in Court Reporting/Legal Assisting from Metropolitan College of Legal Studies.He received his American Alliance Certified Paralegal (AACP) certification through the American Alliance of Paralegals, Inc. in 2010, his Professional Paralegal (PP) certification through NALS…the association for legal professionals in 2011 and his Professional Paralegal Specialty Certification in Litigation/Civil Law (PP-SC) through NALS…the association for legal professionals in 2012.


Audrey M. Saxton, PP, CLP-SC - Director

Judicial Administrative Assistant

for Hon. Brenden J. Griffin

Audrey M. Saxton, PP, PLS
Believing that “everything legal touches lives,” Audrey has dedicated herself to serving the needs of the public, diligently and competently, and stands as an advocate for access to justice for all citizens. Bridging the gaps between the people who have the knowledge and skills to navigate what can sometimes be a confusing legal system with the layperson who has a specific legal need is the important role of the legal professional. NALS members connect each other, their friends, families, employers, and their firms’ clients to a vast network of people and resources. Audrey believes this is how the association serves the community at large. And you can also call her “Ms. Technology.” Audrey is a self-proclaimed “tech junkie” and has authored articles about marketing, technology, and other topics relevant to the NALS and legal communities at large. She has frequently presented topics in the areas of professional development, marketing, web development and design, and social media. Audrey trusts in technology as a way to enhance our individual and collective experiences, making our jobs and personal lives easier and more efficient, and believes that everyone, young or not-so-young, can find a use for some bit of “automation” in their lives. Audrey is currently serving a three-year term as a Director on the NALS national board and assists with the NALS Genius Bar at conferences. She has previously served in numerous elected and committee leadership roles on all levels of NALS (local, state, and national) and is passionate about the role the association serves in the careers and education of today’s legal professionals and the leaders and employees of the future.
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