President – Jennifer M. Heape, CP, FRP
Jennifer Heape is currently the President of the First Coast Chapter. She has been a member of PAF since 2011 and has served on the Board of the First Coast Chapter for several years. Jennifer has been in the legal field for over 20 years and she currently works at Spohrer & Dodd where she specializes in complex personal injury cases with an emphasis in aviation crashes. She is an experienced trial paralegal and enjoys utilizing technology to organize and present her cases.
First Vice President – Kimberly Schenkel, FRP
Second Vice President – Shanna Laurin, FRP
Shanna Laurin is a Litigation Paralegal with the Law Firm of Spohrer & Dodd, P.L. working in the primary area of Plaintiff Personal Injury. Prior to joining Spohrer & Dodd, P.L., she was employed by Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser Slama Hancock Liberman & McKee since the start of her paralegal career in 2005. She has worked in various areas of law for both the State and Federal Court systems, which include, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Product Liability, Nursing Home Negligence, Environmental Exposure, and Aviation.
Shanna graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2004, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. While there, she was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa and Tau Sigma societies.
Shanna is an active member of the Paralegal Association of Florida – First Coast and Broward Chapters, is a Florida Bar Registered Paralegal and is a Florida Notary Public.
In her spare time, Shanna enjoys spending time and traveling with her husband and son.
Secretary – Sarah Shedlarski, FRP
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.
Treasurer – Laura Page, FRP
Laura has been a member of the Paralegal Association of Florida since 2011. She has served on the board of the First Coast Chapter since 2012, initially as Director at Large and currently as Treasurer. Laura has been in the legal field for over 25 years is experienced in personal injury litigation. She is currently a trial paralegal with Abbott Law Group, P.A.
Director-At-Large – Erica Cruzat, FRP
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. She is currently the Director-At-Large for Schools/Student Liaison.
Parliamentarian – Andrea Bailey, FRP
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.