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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 Holt, PP-SC, a Paralegal at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in Alexandria, Virginia, has served the legal support profession for over 12 years.  Darlene is continuing her second term on the NALS Board of Directors. During her first term, Darlene spent two years as the national President and one year as  Secretary. She currently holds the office of Interim President. As a dynamic and bold leader, Darlene is unafraid to take the risk, even if she might fail. She strongly believes in the Japanese proverb, "fall seven times, stand up eight." Darlene's advice, in her own words, "Always believe in yourself, the only thing that can stop you from reaching your goal is you." Darlene believes in herself, she believes in NALS, and we are lucky to have her. 


Laleise 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 a law firm. 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 2016 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-Lawson is the Director of Operations and Facilities at Gevurtz, Menashe, P.C., the Northwest’s premier family law and estate planning firm. Nakia has been with the firm for over 13 years as the legal assistant to the managing partner. She joined the firm’s management team this year. Prior to working at Gevurtz Menashe, she was a Judicial Assistant for three years before being promoted to serve as one of the Oregon Judicial Department’s first Family Court Facilitators, 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 Board of Directors for Youth, Rights & Justice – a non-profit law firm that specializes in legislation and litigation for the benefit of Oregon’s foster children. She is the Chair of the Development Committee, whose main charge is to plan and execute the annual fundraising gala, which raises over $200,000 in one night! 

 

Nakia has also volunteered as a personal shopper for Dress for Success – a global non-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women. When she is not at Gevurtz Menashe, working with non-profits, 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.

 



If 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.

 

Teresa Garber, PP, CLP, has worked as a litigation legal assistant for 22 years, currently working for a boutique firm in Michigan.  Teri credits her 20-year NALS membership as the key to her success.  She firmly believes that without the CLE, certification, and networking opportunities offered by NALS, Teri would not be where she is today.  Teri has been the president of her local and state NALS chapters and has led several local, state, and national committees.  She promotes NALS through cooperative efforts with a local university, connections with vendors, promotions with local and state bar associations and legal news outlets, and communicating with other “legal leaders.”  


Teri’s style of leadership is to empower others to use their talents to do what they love to do, reminding them to “pay it forward” to the members.  She’s not afraid to jump in and get right to work, even when making the tough decisions, but Teri always tries to listen to others and formulate a plan that everyone can get behind.  Teri is a third-degree black belt in ATA Taekwondo and a nationally-certified instructor.  One of the biggest lessons she teaches her students is perseverance: never give up no matter how rough the road may be. 

 

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