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About the National Board

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 primary 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. Above you'll find quick links to board-related pages, and below is 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.


NALS National Board of Directors


Darlene Howard HoltDarlene Howard Holt, PP-SC, 
a legal assistant from Alexandria, Virginia, is continuing on the NALS Board in her third year as a Director and two years as NALS President. Darlene spent the past year as the Secretary. She currently holds the office of President. Darlene spent a few years using her voice, sharing her fresh perspective, and finding her footing as a national leader. Undoubtedly, Darlene will continue to connect with legal professionals and build relationships inside and outside of our association in the coming year. Darlene is a dynamic and bold leader who is unafraid to take a risk, even if she might fail. Darlene's advice, in her own words, “Always believe in yourself! When people doubt you when you're ready to give up and throw in the towel, when you're at rock bottom, look up, get up, and keep going. The only thing that can stop you from reaching your goal is you. Get out of your own way. Believe that you can!” Darlene believes in herself, she believes in NALS, and we are lucky to have her.

 

 



Laleise CurtissLaleise Curtiss has worked in the legal field for 34 years.  Previously working in the public and private sector for attorneys, judges, and senators, she is currently employed as a paralegal with the City of Detroit Law Department. She received her paralegal certificate from Old Dominion University and is currently pursuing a degree in Organizational Leadership and Digital Media from Arizona State University. Laleise joined NALS in 2017 and attended her first annual meeting and state conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  She immediately hit the ground running by serving on several local, state, and national committees and leadership positions within the organization.  She is committed to professionalism, innovation, growth, and excellence.  She considers her most significant accomplishment to be that she donated one of her kidneys to a family member and saved their life.  She considers NALS to be a family and is excited to be a member of NALS and doing what’s best to advance NALS and the members. She will take on the role of Secretary on this year's NALS Board of Directors.

 

 



Nakia Bradley-LawsonNakia Bradley-Lawson served as Secretary during the 2016 term. Nakia is an active observer who concentrates on listening to what is spoken, as well as what is not. She is quiet, thoughtful, and kind, and her innovative thinking and friendly approach to challenging situations sets her apart. Nakia works as a family law and taxation legal assistant at a large firm in Portland, Oregon. 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 vital to surround herself with inspiring people, and she finds she is in the right room every time one is filled with NALS members.

 

 

 


 

Amylyn RiedlingIf you do not know Amylyn Riedling PP, PLS-SC, you have probably heard her voice or felt her influence. Amylyn is excited to continue on the NALS Board of Directors. Amylyn has been a force for change and a voice for the advancement of the paralegal profession and NALS. In her home state of Washington, Amylyn tirelessly works to teach and mentor both seasoned and new legal professionals. She has fought to ensure NALS CLE is certified by the Washington State Bar Association for attorneys as well as Limited License Legal Technicians. When Amylyn attends an event, she fully participates and often emerges as the natural leader she is with her off-the-cuff opinions and suggestions for improvement. She is willing to take risks and give new ideas a try if she thinks they will make a difference. Her Facebook profile picture is a Nelson Mandela quote, “It always seems impossible until it's done.” It is that can-do spirit that drives her. She knows that her headstrong approach and outspoken personality are her greatest assets and potentially her greatest weaknesses. Amylyn is someone you want on your team, and NALS is lucky she has agreed to be on ours.

 



Mathew SagumMathew Sagum is a Paralegal at De Costa Hempey LLC on the beautiful Garden Isle of Kaua‘i. He has dedicated his entire adult life to the legal industry. Mathew has served on the Hawaii Paralegal Association's Board of Directors since 2015 when he was elected President of the board. Before moving to Hawaii, Mathew served on the Board of Directors of the Central Coast Paralegal Association (CCPA) where he represented CCPA on the California Alliance of Paralegal Associations Board of Directors. In 2017, he was appointed to serve on the Hawai‘i Supreme Court's Access to Justice Commission, whose primary purpose is to substantially increase access to justice in civil legal matters for low- and moderate-income residents of Hawai‘i.  Mathew is known in the Hawaii paralegal community as a pillar of change and an advocate for national paralegal regulation.

 

 

 


 

 

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