My Education and Training
My legal academe began at Tidewater Community College in Virginia Beach, Virginia wherein I earned two Associate degrees in Legal Assisting (aka Paralegal Studies ). One of my degrees is tailored to General Practice and the other is concentrated in Litigation. All my courses were taught by practicing attorneys and prosecutors such as Frank Zanin, Cynthia Pedigo, and Lucian B. Cox, III.
After a few years of working as a Paralegal and the financial crisis of 2007-2008, I wanted to concentrate in more oversight and regulatory areas to ensure compliance in the financial industries so I enrolled and graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelors of General Studies degree with minors in Criminal Justice & Criminology and Consumer Finance. At Ball State, I was able to combine the criminal justice, criminology and consumer finance degrees to concentrate on the fraud/white collar crime area of finance and risk management, as well as develop an interest in community policing.
Upon my graduation from Ball State in 2013, I was accepted and I am presently enrolled at Widener University School of Law to earn my Masters of Jurisprudence in Corporate and Business Law with an additional certificate in Regulatory Analysis and Compliance. This program is designed for working adults with a legal and compliance background that want to obtain one of the highest law degrees but do not wish to practice law at the present time. This MJ program is also governed by the SCCE (Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics).
My Experience and Expertise
While all of my career experience has been in a legal capacity of Paralegal, Contract Administrator or Analyst, I began my legal career as legal receptionist/administrative assistant at a bankruptcy law firm (Roussos, Langhorne and Carlson, PLC) in Norfolk, Virginia. My introduction into the legal field there was enlightening and inspiring, as the partners of the firm were some of the best people I have ever worked with! Yet, as my career experience and education advanced, I have worked for some of America's largest and most influential in their industries such as Eli Lilly & Co. (the global pharmaceutical company that developed Prozac® and CIALIS®) , JPMorgan Chase (from one of the Robber Barron's to our country's largest financial institution- also on a daily competition with Bank of America for this title), Sallie Mae, Inc. (America's favorite student loan lender), as well as Franciscan Alliance, Inc. ( A Catholic not for profit health care organization servicing the Midwest) and respectable law firms (L.Richard Padgett, Jr. PC, OPN Law and Spotts Fain PC) as contractor in the capacities of Paralegal, Quality Analyst, and Contract Administrator.
Presently, I am interested in compliance/legal analysis(regulatory) projects, as well as contract administration, invoice to contract compliance and other legal projects with purpose. I am also a consultant for one of IU Health's PFAC boards.
A more in-depth look at my career experience can be located at my LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=73900518&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile
Please visit my Blog and Resources tab for much more information about me and the compliance and legal fields as well as current topics and events!
Research & Analysis
Policy Research & Analysis
Compliance Research & Analysis: Environmental, Healthcare, Information Technology, Corporate
Legal: Case and Statutory Law Research and Analysis
Various legal documents (business agreements, entity formations, reports of titles, deeds, legal descriptions, abstracts)
Residential Escrow and Settlement Management
Mortgage Application Audits
Community Policing and Community Development Research & Analysis