Avi Katz, president and co-founder of National Paralegal College, received his MBA degree from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and has practiced as a certified public accountant. He brings the perspective of the business world to NPC's curriculum and teaching method. Avi has 20 years of experience in corporate management and software development.
Mark Geller, Esq., dean and co-founder of National Paralegal College, began his legal career in 1981 at the law firm of Shea & Gould, one of the top ten law
firms in New York. Early in his legal career, he established himself as a specialist in legal procedure and law office management. With his experience in big-firm
litigation, Mr. Geller launched Legal Data Systems, Inc. ("LDS"), a company that specialized in automated litigation case management systems for the law firm.
In 1983, Mr. Geller sold LDS to The New York Law Publishing Company, publishers of The New York Law Journal, National Law Journal, Law Journal Seminars Press,
Jury Verdict Reporter and many other legal newspapers throughout the United States. As vice president of the New York Law Publishing Company, Mr. Geller headed
Law Journal Information Systems ("LJIS"). Mr. Geller's software has become the industry standard for cutting edge case management automation. Mr. Geller's
division provided over 200 of the most prestigious law firms in the United State with critical data online via proprietary case management software.
During this time, Mr. Geller personally supervised the training of thousands of paralegals as well. The following is a representative sampling of law firms and organizations whose staff have been trained by Mr. Geller:
Legal Enterprises and Law Firms
- Baer Marks & Upham LLP
- Bragar Wexler Eagel & Morgenstern, LLP
- Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner LLP
- Burlingham Underwood, LLP
- Cahill Gordon & Reindel
- Carter, Ledyard & Milburn
- Chadbourne & Parke LLP
- Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton
- Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells LLP
- Covington & Burling
- Cravath, Swaine & Moore
- Davis Polk & Wardwell
- Day Casebeer Madrid & Batchelder
- Debevoise & Plimpton
- Dewey Ballantine LLP
- Duane, Morris & Heckscher, LLP
- Fischbein, Badillo, Wagner & Harding
- Fixler & Associates LLP
- Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione PC
- Jones Day Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP
- Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
- Kirkland & Ellis
- Kramer Levin Kurzman Karelsen & Frank, LLP
- London & Doherty LLP
- Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw, LLP
- McDermott, Will & Emery
- Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
- Morrison Cohen Singer & Weinstein, LLP
- Morrison & Foerster LLP
- Naftalis & Frankel LLP
- Ohrenstein & Brown, LLP
- O'Melveny & Myers
- Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
- Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP
- Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison, LLP
- Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, LLP
- Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe LLP
- Proskauer Rose LLP
- Robinson Silverman Pearce Aronsohn & Berman LLP
- Ropes & Gray
- Saretsky Katz Dranoff & Glass, LLP
- Schneider, Kleinick, Weitz, Damashek & Shoot
- Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
- Seyfarth Shaw
- Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
- Sullivan & Cromwell
- Thacher Proffitt & Wood
- Thelen Reid & Priest LLP
- Warshaw Burstein Cohen Schlesinger & Kuh, LLP
- Zeichner Ellman & Krause LLP
- Department of Justice
- Long Island Rail Road New York City Law Department
- New York State Office of the Attorney General
- The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
- CBS, Inc.
- Kemper Insurance
- Miller Parker, Inc.
- The Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A.
In 1994, Mr. Geller founded the law firm of Geller, Stein & Associates, P.C. The firm specializes in real estate, general and personal injury litigation. Today, the firm boasts a staff consisting of 7 attorneys and 22 paralegals and support staff. Mr. Geller is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, and New York State Courts. He is a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, The New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
David Cohen, technical director of National Paralegal College, is a graduate of the Management and Technology Program of the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a degree in management from the Wharton School and a degree in computer and telecommunications engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Science. David also earned a master's degree in computer science, for which he developed a new algorithm for composition of a bridge between two existing pieces of music.
Stephen Haas, Esq., education director of National Paralegal College since 2003, graduated from Pace University School of Law, where he ranked in the top three percent of his class and served as a senior member of the Pace Law Review. Stephen has extensive law practice experience, mostly in the areas of estate planning and elder law and has taught in many different capacities. He has also worked at the United States Attorney's office for the Southern District of New York (federal prosecutor's office) in White Plains, New York, and at the Rockland County District Attorney's Office. Stephen is the author of a college textbook entitled "Trust Preparation for Paralegals."
Faculty – Law and Tax Courses
Matt Bycer, Esq. holds a JD and MBA from the University of Arizona and a Bachelor's degree in Physics and Business Economics from Brown University in Providence, RI. Matt's legal work experience has focused mainly on intellectual property law. He has worked for Accenture in Boston, MA, and for Cahill Glazer, PLC, a prominent intellectual property law firm in Phoenix. Matt has also served as a federal court law clerk for Hon. Stephen N. McNamee in the District of Arizona. In addition to teaching for NPC, Matt continues to run his own intellectual property focused law practice.
Tommy Cantrell, Esq. holds an LL.M., with honors, from Tulane School of Law, a J.D., cum laude, from Loyola New Orleans College of Law and a B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Kentucky. Tommy is a former associate at a preeminent maritime law firm in Miami, Florida, and a former clerk of Justice Will T. Scott of the Kentucky Supreme Court. While in law school, Tommy served as the Selection Committee Chair for the Loyola Moot Court Board, served as a member of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal, and was named the Tulane Admiralty and Maritime Fellow 2009-2010. Tommy is currently licensed to practice law in Florida.
Sophiea Bailey, Esq. graduated from Howard University after being awarded multiple merit scholarships for her attendance. During her law school career, she contributed to multiple published law review articles. Since graduating, she has served for ten years as an assistant state attorney in the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office where she has tried more than 100 cases. Sophiea has also worked for the Federal Trade Commission and has taught at Atlantic Union College in South Lancaster, MA.
Eric Baime, Esq. graduated from prestigious Cornell University with a B.A. in government. Since then, Eric has earned his M.B.A. from University of Miami and his J.D. from Shepard Broad Law Center. Eric is a professional and highly experienced educator, having taught at more than ten colleges and universities. Eric brings his fiery personality and passion for teaching to the classroom and enjoys active participation and contributions from students.
Jessica Borden, Esq., graduated with a B.A. in philosophy from Emory University, and went on to earn a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was an associate editor of the Constitutional Law Journal. She is admitted to the bar in New York, Connecticut and Florida. Jessica practiced litigation at Willkie Farr and Gallagher LLP, real estate law at Schiff Hardin LLP and in-house product liability law at a large Connecticut-based pharmaceutical company. Additionally, she now tutors for the SATs in Fairfield County, CT. In her spare time, Jessica is an avid knitter who enjoys games, puzzles and spending time with her family and friends.
Lisa Burkart-Chalmers, Esq. earned her JD from Duquesne University, her Masters in English from East Carolina University and a double BA from University of Pittsburgh in criminal justice and legal studies. She also completed a certification in mediation and conflict resolution. Lisa has been a college professor for 10 years and has extensive experience teaching online and in physical classrooms. Lisa's other previous jobs have included internal affairs investigator; law clerk, 911 emergency dispatcher, correctional officer, private investigator and armed guard. Lisa also volunteers for the Center for Victims of Violence and Crime. Lisa is also the happy grandmother of three and makes home for a myriad of pets.
Michael E. Chaplin, Esq. earned his JD, magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame Law School and a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. Michael practiced law from 2000 to 2007. His legal work focused mainly on business law. He spent approximately 3.5 years with the international law firm Reed Smith LLP and 3.5 years with the international law firm White & Case LLP. Michael began teaching in 2007 and has over six years’ experience teaching business law, law and society, and general business courses. In addition to teaching, Michael has published widely in numerous academic journals.
Renana Farbstein, Esq. graduated cum laude from New York University with a B.A. in History. She then went to work as a legal assistant at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in New York City. Deciding to pursue a career as an attorney, she attended Cornell Law School and graduated with a concentration in Business Law and Regulation. Renana worked for a number of prestigious New York City law firms on commercial litigation matters in the financial and pharmaceutical sectors. She is admitted to the bar in New York and New Jersey.
Charles Feuer co-heads TechPar Group’s regulatory compliance practice, and is an accomplished attorney and operations/project manager with extensive in-house financial services, legal and regulatory experience. As counsel for banks, lenders and other financial firms, Charles has developed specific expertise in creating and executing innovative national legal, regulatory and compliance strategies Charles received his JD from the Fordham University School of Law and his bachelor of arts in political science, summa cum laude, from Touro College. He is a member of the New York State Bar.
Marissa Florio, Esq. earned her J.D. from Indiana University in Indianapolis and holds a B.A. from Earlham College. She spent almost five years with the Arizona Attorney General's Office's Protective Services Section, where she represented Arizona's Child Protective Services in dependency, guardianship and severance cases involving abused and neglected children. She then joined a private firm where she worked as a guardian ad litem and child's attorney in similar juvenile court matters. She currently enjoys working for NPC and spending time with her two little boys.
Reena Green, Esq., is a graduate of Pace University School of Law. After attending law school, she worked at Business Licenses, LLC, where she focused on investigating federal, state and local licensing ordinances and regulations to determine business and financial requirements for large, publicly held corporations. Reena has also written several articles concerning bioethics which were published in the science journal sponsored by her undergraduate university, Stern College for Women.
Matthew J. Jowanna, Esq., obtained his bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree, majoring in broadcasting and mass communications, from the University of South Florida. Matthew obtained his juris doctor (J.D.) degree from Nova Southeastern University, graduating summa cum laude (with highest honors) and achieving the distinction of graduating in the top two percent of his law school class. While in law school, Matthew was the recipient of academic scholarships; was a senior staff member, and published author, of the Nova Law Review; was awarded the Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund, Inc. Prize (for scholarly writing on an issue of real property law); was an associate member of the Moot Court Society; was a student member of ATLA (Association of Trial Lawyers of America); was a member of the Phi Delta Phi Honor fraternity; was named to the law school’s Dean’s List every semester; received the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence; received the Highest Grade Awards (Book Awards) for Florida Constitutional Law and Torts; received the West Publishing Corporation Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement; and was listed in Who’s Who Among American Law Students, 13th and 14th Editions, and The National Dean’s List, 17th Edition. Matthew obtained his legum magister (LL.M.) degree from the University of Notre Dame, graduating magna cum laude (with High Honors).
Howard Leib, Esq. is an attorney with over twenty five years’ experience in intellectual property law, entertainment law and general corporate law. He has represented clients such as KISS, Whitney Houston, Bobby McFerrin, and Judy Collins, as well as corporations such as Atlantic Records, Universal Entertainment, and Rhino Entertainment. Howard carved out a niche for himself in the area of children's entertainment, and has been called America's leading children's entertainment attorney by Billboard Magazine. In addition to the practice of law, Howard has taught for New York University, Fashion Institute of Technology, Kaplan University and Kaplan Test Prep. He has produced CDs and DVDs, usually related to comedy or television. He is active in the New York Democratic Lawyers Association, working to protect and expand voter rights. He is chair emeritus of the Cardozo School of Law alumni association and a past member of Cardozo's Board of Trustees.
Marvin L. Longabaugh, Esq., attended the William S. Boyd School of Law (UNLV), graduating magna cum laude in 2001 and subsequently earned his LL.M. in trial advocacy from the James E. Beasley School of Law (Temple University). After law school, Marvin served as a law clerk to Justice Myron Leavitt of the Nevada Supreme Court and participated in the prestigious Mediation, Negotiation, and Advanced Negotiation Workshops at Harvard Law School. He is currently licensed to practice law in Nevada and Texas and is the founding member of Longabaugh Law Offices. Marvin is married to Tamri Longabaugh, and together they live in Navasota, Texas with their two wonderful dachshunds, Sweet Pea and Max.
Larry Marsh, Esq., has been practicing tax law for more than 30 years, since graduating with his Masters in Tax Law from the University of Florida in 1982, and has been board-certified in tax law by the Florida Bar since 1989. Larry began his career with the Daytona Beach, Florida firm of Cobb & Cole in 1982, was a partner in that firm from 1988 to 2004, and continues to maintain an “of counsel” relationship with that firm. He has been a partner in the firm of Brashear, Marsh and Assoc., P.L., located in Gainesville, Florida, since 2004. Larry has extensive experience in the areas of corporate tax, partnership tax (including limited liability companies), estate tax, and estate planning. His practice also includes qualified retirement plans, non-qualified deferred compensation, and tax-exempt organizations.
Eric Martinez, Esq., is a graduate of Florida International University College of Law. Prior to law school, he attended Hanover College (IN) where he earned degrees in Business Administration and Philosophy. Eric currently works as corporate counsel for Assurant Inc., a Fortune 500 company, where he specializes in federal and state regulatory compliance. He is an active member of the Florida Bar Association.
Renee Pistone, Esq., began her legal career at Coudert Brothers LLP. Her areas of focus continue to be white collar crime, forensic accounting, and alternative dispute resolution. She obtained her JD from Quinnipiac University School of Law and an LLM in taxation from Villanova University Law School. She later earned an LLM in trial advocacy from Temple University School of Law. Prior to that, she received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts and a Master in Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. She has also volunteered for organizations providing assistance to domestic violence victims and has published over fifteen articles in law reviews while serving as adjunct faculty in legal studies.
Haskell Rosenfeld, Esq. has a J.D. from Pace University School of Law. He has served as a law clerk for the Rockland County Surrogate’s Court. He also has extensive experience as a study group organizer and leader.
DeDe Sandler, Esq. assistant education director at NPC, earned her J.D. from City University of New York School of Law and subsequently earned her M.S. in social work from Columbia University. She also holds a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University. When not teaching for NPC, DeDe hones her litigation skills as a deputy legal defender for the public defender's office in Phoenix. She has also worked for the Arizona Attorney General's Office and various private law firms. DeDe is also a Peace Corps member and an accomplished social worker.
Shannon Southard, Esq. earned her J.D. from New England School of Law in 2002. While attending law school at night, she worked during the day as a social worker. Prior to law school, she attended Westfield State University where she earned a bachelor of science in criminal justice with a minor in social work. After graduating law school, she relocated from Boston, MA to Phoenix, AZ. She spent the last ten years working as an assistant attorney general for the State of Arizona representing the Department of Economic Security’s Child Protective Services. She has recently begun work as a contract attorney for the Maricopa County Juvenile Court System representing parents and children in dependency matters as well as children and victims in delinquency proceedings.
Erin Steffin is a sole practitioner focusing on estate planning, IRS defense, and federal tort claims for medical malpractice. She obtained her JD and her LLM in taxation from the University of San Diego School of Law in San Diego, California. Prior to that, she studied Psychology as an undergraduate, earning her BS at Arizona State University. Erin serves as a Judge pro tempore for Maricopa County Superior Court and for the city of Avondale, Arizona, and has volunteered for organizations providing assistance for those with special needs as well as free legal services to first-line responders including firefighters and police. She has appeared on Channel 10's Lawyers on Call, and provides the baked goods in her office herself.
Ellis Washington, Esq. has a J.D. from John Marshall School of Law, a master's degree from the University of Michigan and a bachelor's degree from De Pauw University in Indiana. He has legal experience working for law firms and companies such as Kirkland & Ellis (Chicago), Paul, Hastings Janofsky and Walker (Atlanta) and Ford Motor Co. He also served as an editor of the Michigan Law Review and law clerk at the Rutherford Institute. He has significant college-level teaching experience and he has worked extensively as a political radio talk show host and columnist. Ellis has written extensively on constitutional law, history, politics, philosophy, critical race theory and other subjects.
Larry Wolod, Esq, is both a CPA and an attorney with over 25 years of experience in corporate, multi-state, and partnership tax management including tax planning, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, federal and state audit coordination, and international taxation. He earned a B.S., in accounting from the University of Balitimore, an M.S. in taxation from the University of Hartford, a J.D. from Potomac School of Law and an LL.M. in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.
Faculty – General Education
Abraham Brander holds a master's degree in accounting from Farleigh Dickenson University in New Jersey having graduated with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. He has coordinated and managed educational programs, including taking responsibility for educational and financial factors.
Sarah K. Broussard, Esq., holds an M.B.A. and J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans and graduated with Honors from Brigham Young University with her B.A. While in law school, Sarah won the Loyola Moot Court competition, and competed as oralist on the National First Amendment Moot Court team. She also served as the National First Amendment and Privacy Team Coach for the Loyola Moot Court Board, and was the William McGowen Scholarship recipient for 2009-2010. Sarah is currently licensed to practice law in Louisiana and Kentucky.
Dr. Bari Courts holds a PhD from Capella University in organizational management and an MBA in management from the University of Cincinnati. He completed a BS in Mathematics from Kenyon College. Bari has taught online courses for approximately 10 years and has taught issues including e-commerce, economics, management, organizational behavior, and statistics.
David Lipton earned a BA in English and an MS in computer science at San Francisco State University. He earned a BA in history at Jersey City State College (now named New Jersey City University). David earned an MA in history with an American history concentration, which was jointly conferred by Rutgers University and New Jersey Institute of Technology. He earned an MA in history with a global history concentration at American Public University System. David researches a globalized perspective of Antarctic history. This broad scope allows consideration of several themes in world history, as well as paradigms from ethnohistory and the philosophy of history.
Bill Roden, Esq., began his professional career as a college English instructor, serving for almost a decade, until he had the idea to enter law school. He holds a master’s degree in English. Bill graduated from The Thomas M. Cooley Law School, now the largest one in the country. He became a practicing attorney in Michigan and Wisconsin and a part-time military attorney or Judge Advocate General. He retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve. This experience also gave him the chance to teach at the US Army Judge Advocate General’s School at the University of Virginia. For almost a decade, he was in-house counsel for one of the largest community- technical colleges in the states, Milwaukee Area Technical College. As chancellor, he later oversaw forty-two campuses of the Louisiana Technical Colleges. He went on to lead two campuses of the Institute of Applied Technology in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Eve Rosenbaum holds a M.F.A. in creative writing from American University and an M.A. in English from the University of Iowa, where she is currently completing her Ph.D. Her dissertation focuses on writers living and working in Washington, D.C., during the Civil War, and she is the recipient of research fellowships from the Capitol Historical Society and the White House Historical Society for her work. She served as managing editor for American Spirit, the award-winning magazine produced by the Daughters of the American Revolution, and has published poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction in anthologies and literary journals including the Brooklyn Review, Potomac Review, Cortland Review, and Reconfigurations. She is currently the managing editor for the Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies.
Jonathan Sholem is both the director of the department of social sciences at National Paralegal College and a professor. He has conducted research in Mexico, Brazil, Canada, and Cuba (under US government license), in addition to the US. His consulting work has included research for the US Department of State, US Interagency Colombia Task Force, Ford Motor Company, Research Data Analysis, Strativity Group, and Gallup. Along with Ph.D. candidacy in political science, he received master’s degrees in public policy (with specializations in economic policy and foreign policy), and in political science, all from the University of Michigan. Having previously taught statistical research methods and political science classes at Michigan, he is currently developing courses in US history, sociology, and political science for NPC.
Admissions and Student Services
Danielle Backman, admissions director of National Paralegal College, is a graduate of Concordia University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where she earned a bachelors of art in Psychology. She also spent a year abroad studying pastry arts at the Cordon Bleu in Paris, France. Danielle’s experience and personable nature allow her to meet students’ needs and help them reach their goals.
Ruth Eastman, assistant student services director of National Paralegal College, served in the US military prior to working in educational administration for 30 years. Currently working as a writer and editor, Ruth enjoys counseling students too much to stay away from the academic environment for long. Ruth finds our students' success and feelings of accomplishment to be of primary importance.
Heather Elias, student services director and bursar of National Paralegal College, earned her bachelor of arts in communication and master of education degrees from Arizona State University. Heather has many years of experience in the field of education and is dedicated to the success of each student. Her experience, along with her education, enables Heather to meet the needs of all NPC students and help to ensure their success.
Leila Schwarzwald earned her B.A. in communications from Temple University in Philadelphia, where she also minored in business. She comes to NPC with extensive customer service experience that she gained while working as an operations associate at The Princeton Review and as a student worker while in college. She was also the President of the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority chapter at Temple, where she presided over an organization of over 100 members, attending to a variety of responsibilities, including budget, development and fundraising.
Dana Wasserstrom earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University in 2011. She has held several positions involving human development, working with people of various ages and backgrounds, especially children. She has been responsible for planning and overseeing a variety of activities and curricula. Dana is also a member of the Chi Omega Women’s Fraternity and has served as a volunteer fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Ayala, finance director and assistant instructor, holds a B.S. in accounting from the University of Baltimore and is a certified public accountant, certified in the state of Maryland. Ayala is a former senior accountant at a public accounting firm, and has extensive managerial experience. Ayala uses her background in accounting along with her managerial experience to benefit all of our students.
Finance and Financial Aid
Lisa Pimber, financial aid director of National Paralegal College, has over 13 years of financial aid experience. Lisa's enthusiasm for financial aid allows her to offer explanations and assist students with their needs and understanding of financial aid. The student's success and graduation is her foremost priority. Lisa is currently obtaining her Bachelors in Business Management at American Public University.
Tracy Davis graduated from Arizona State University in 2008 with a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry and a minor in mathematics. Before joining NPC in 2010, Tracy conducted research and held jobs in which she engaged in tasks that included cancer research, production of jet fuel and use of game theory. Tracy has extensive experience working with students on subjects as diverse as chemistry, music and martial arts and enjoys sports, music and championing the ethical treatment of animals. As a major contributor to the NPC Financial Aid Department, Tracy is able to make use of her combined skills in mathematics and in helping students.
Amy Dubitsky, Financial Aid Associate, earned her BA in English Communications / Advertising from Yeshiva University in New York. Amy spent four years in account management at a New York advertising agency working mostly on retail accounts including Bed Bath & Beyond. She also has extensive experience working with print publications as an advertising sales executive, marketing manager and as a writer. Amy's background and skills allow her to help NPC students understand the financial aid process and to assist them effectively in any way needed.
Rosa Garcia completed her associates in administration of justice from Estrella Mountain Community College in 2009. She has 6 years of financial aid experience, which allows her to provide detailed financial aid information to our student body. On her personal time she loves shopping and spending time with her husband, 3 children and her adorable pugs, Rosco and Olive.
Allison, Finance Associate, graduated from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University where she earned her bachelor of science degree in marketing and minored in design studies. She has been with NPC since April 2012.
Melissa studied health information technology at Devry University. She enjoys working with National Paralegal College students and helping them with their financial aid concerns. She is married and has one child, a German shepherd, a chihuahua and a cat.
Lili Zrihen graduated from Arizona State University, summa cum laude, with a bachelor of arts in communication studies. She works hard to communicate with students to ensure that they have a pleasant experience with financial aid.
Jonathan earned his master’s degree in quality assurance from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and his bachelor of science degree from Monterrey Institute of Technology and Superior Studies in Monterrey, Mexico. He has worked as a database administrator, head programmer and systems director for a variety of companies and firms. He has extensive programming experience and brings both software writing and management skills to NPC.
Moshe Ohrinovitch, Technical Associate at National Paralegal College, received his Bachelor of Technology and Applied Science degree from the Jerusalem College of Technology and has over 13 years of experience in corporate software design, development and integration.
Connie Erpelding, NPC Director of Student Mentors, earned her associate's degree from National Paralegal College in 2008 with a 4.0 grade point average. Prior to attending NPC, she served as a registered nurse for thirty years. She also holds bachelor's degrees from the University of Wisconsin and Marcy Psychiatric Center School of Nursing in New York. Connie brings her enthusiasm for law and for assisting people together as director of NPC's student mentoring program.
Anne Lewis earned her paralegal certificate from National Paralegal College in 2010 with a 4.0 grade point average and successfully took the CLA/CP exam shortly thereafter. Anne has about ten years of experience working as a paralegal and holds a B.A. in English from Linfield College. Anne assists both in mentoring new students and in assisting students in studying for the CLA/CP exam.
Maggie Probst, NPC Director of Placement Assistance, holds a bachelor of science degree from Brigham Young University. She graduated from National Paralegal College in 2004 and was certified by the National Association of Legal Assistants in 2005. Maggie's writing and research skills have been honed by working as a producer/writer in the film and video business for over 25 years. During her career, she has written and researched nationally televised documentary series and various commercial and corporate productions. From 1999 to 2003 she managed the film and video department for the Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee, overseeing projects created for marketing, training, image and instruction. As a producer, she has become a recognized expert in ensuring compliance with legal requirements and contractual issues including intellectual property, unions/guilds and contracts in the video and film industry. Maggie also runs her own video/film production company.
Cheryl Tirri-Tuohy has been a student mentor for National Paralegal College since 2011. She earned her B.S. from NPC with a 3.98 GPA in paralegal studies and successfully passed the NALA CLA/CP exam shortly thereafter. She also obtained a B.A. in English education from Montclair State University in New Jersey. Upon graduation from MSU, Cheryl taught at several high schools and middle schools in Wayne and Verona, NJ. She also worked for the Huntington Learning Center, where she taught SAT Examination preparation courses, as well as privately tutoring other students that came there to have their individual educational goals met. In addition, prior to attending NPC, and after teaching, she served as a telecommunications manager for approximately 13 years for various corporations.
Leah VanDivner holds a B.A. in Psychology from Messiah College. She received her paralegal certificate from National Paralegal College in 2012 with a 4.0 average and was also certified by the National Association of Legal Assistants in 2012 by passing the CLA exam. Leah is also certified in LexisNexis® and WestLaw Next™. As a writer and editor for over 12 years, Leah has worked extensively on document preparation, contracts, textbook and doctoral thesis editing. She is currently a member of the Montgomery County Paralegal Association and the National Federation of Paralegal Associations and works as a freelance paralegal in Pennsylvania and New York.