First Coast Chapter

Leadership

Wood, Tonya E. RP, FRP
Chapter President

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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Heape, Jennifer M. CP, FRP
Chapter 1st Vice President
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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Pease, Barbara A. CP, FRP
Chapter 2nd Vice President

Barbara is currently employed at the law firm of Ford, Miller & Wainer, P.A., in Jacksonville Beach where she works as a litigation paralegal for three attorneys. She has been in the legal field for over 25 years both in Portland, Maine, and Jacksonville, Florida area. Barbara’s experience includes complex commercial litigation, construction litigation, medical and legal malpractice litigation, personal injury claims, criminal defense, insurance defense and appellate work in multiple state and federal court systems. Barbara joined PAF’s First Coast Chapter in 2013 and has served as Secretary, Director-At-Large for Marketing and Charity and is presently serving as Second Vice President.

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Kochanowsky, Darcy M FRP
Chapter Secretary

Darcy Kochanowsky has been a member of PAF since 2009, and previously served on the Board of the Big Bend Chapter in Tallahassee. Darcy is a Florida Registered Paralegal for Swanson Law Center, P.A. in Gainesville Florida where she works in the field of Family Law. She has been with her current firm for 18 years.

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Page, Laura S. FRP
Chapter Treasurer

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 Coker Law.

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Cruzat, Erica L. FRP, NALA
Immediate Past 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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Salsbury, Becky
Director

Becky Salsbury is a Florida Registered Paralegal and has been a member of PAF-FCC since 2011. Becky has worked in the personal injury field for the past 30 years. Currently working at Spohrer & Dodd as paralegal to Steve Browning, working on complex litigation cases and trials involving dangerous or defective products, wrongful death and automobile and trucking cases.

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West, Teresa B.
Director

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Plummer, Bonnie S. FRP
Chapter Parliamentarian

Bonnie Plummer is a Florida Registered Paralegal who joined PAF, First Coast Chapter when it was established in 2011. She is currently the Parliamentarian of First Coast Chapter, and was the former Secretary. She has worked at several law firms since moving to Jacksonville in 1986. Bonnie currently works at Boyd & Jenerette, P.A. in downtown Jacksonville, and her current practice involves construction defect litigation.

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