First Coast Chapter

Leadership

Cruzat, Erica L. FRP, NALA
Chapter President

Erica Cruzat is a Florida Registered Paralegal and has been a member of the Paralegal Association of Florida – First Coast Chapter since 2011. She has been a criminal defense paralegal with the Bedell Law Firm since 2003.

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Heape, Jennifer M. CP, FRP
Chapter 1st Vice President
Immediate Past Chapter President

Jennifer M. Heape, CP, FRP has been a member of PAF, Inc. since 2011 when one of PAF’s newest chapters, the First Coast Chapter, was formed. She is the Immediate Past President and current First Vice President of the First Coast Chapter. She has been an active member of the First Coast Chapter’s Board of Directors since 2012 having served as President, First Vice President and DAL-School/Student Liaison. Jennifer was an intregal part of the 2014 PAF Spring Seminar Planning Committee. She has served on the FSCJ Paralegal Studies Advisory Committee (2013 – 2016), and was a featured speaker at their 2017 CLE Paralegal Scholarship Program Seminar. Jennifer currently serves as Treasurer on PAF's Executive Board. Jennifer obtained her paralegal certificate from the University of North Florida, Legal Studies Program, and has been in the legal field for over 20 years. This has allowed her to gain a wealth of knowledge in a variety of genres. She currently works as a personal injury trial paralegal for the senior partner at Spohrer & Dodd in Jacksonville, FL, handling complex personal injury cases including aviation crashes. Jennifer is passionate about professionalism, ethical responsibilities and promoting paralegals throughout the State of Florida. (Email)

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Plummer, Bonnie S. FRP
Chapter Secretary

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Shedlarski, Sarah
Chapter 2nd Vice President

Sarah has been a member of the First Coast Chapter of PAF for several years. She took on the role of Secretary and joined the Board in June 2015. Sarah holds a Bachelors degree from University of Maine and is a Registered Paralegal. She began working in the legal field in 2008 at a firm specializing in family law, criminal law, bankruptcy, foreclosure and general litigation. She currently works for Spohrer & Dodd in specialized areas of civil litigation including aviation law, premises liability, product liability, wrongful death and personal injury.

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Bailey, Andrea U.
Chapter Treasurer

Andrea Bailey has been a member of the First Coast Chapter since 2011. She is a Florida Registered Paralegal and has been working as a litigation paralegal for the Bedell Law Firm since 1992. Andrea graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in political science and received her master’s degree in public administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Kochanowsky, Darcy M FRP
Director

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Pease, Barbara A. CP, FRP
Director

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Wood, Tonya E. FRP
Director

Tonya E. Wood is a PACE Registered Paralegal, American Alliance Certified Paralegal and Florida Registered Paralegal with the Law Firm of Donahoo & McMenamy, P.A. Tonya primary works in the areas of probate, guardianship, estate planning, tax and real estate and has been working in the legal field for over 20 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida, and she is a dedicated member of The Junior League of Jacksonville, an organization committed to improving the community through the action and leadership of trained volunteers.

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Dugan, Heather B. ACP, FRP
Parliamentarian/Ethics

Heather Dugan is the Parliamentarian for the First Coast Chapter of PAF. She holds the designations of Advanced Certified Paralegal and Florida Registered Paralegal. She is a Senior Litigation Paralegal employed by the Office of General Counsel for the City of Jacksonville. Heather works for the Deputy General Counsel for Regulatory and Constitutional Law and supports multiple attorneys in the General Litigation Department handling research and discovery in the following areas of practice: commercial litigation, labor and employment, foreclosures, and eminent domain.

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