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Lisa Marker finds joy in work and family

Lisa Parker Marker, who loves her rhyming name, grew up as an only child in Stanly County.  A graduate of South Stanly High School, she studied at Appalachian State University but left before graduating and found a job as a ...

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Landon McKinney: “Find your niche and enjoy what you do”

Landon McKinney credits his love of politics with leading him to a career in law. “As I went through school and learned more about our legal system and the complexity of it, I became intrigued with its depth even more,” ...

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Sarah Johann enjoys her career as a paralegal and keeps law school on her mind

When Sarah Johann started college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she had no career path in mind and changed her major several times before combining the subjects she enjoyed the most—political science, sociology and writing—and set ...

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Shawana Almendarez focuses on public service and the law

Before she had an internship with Golden, Meekins, Holdens and Stiles, Charlotte native Shawana Almendarez had never heard of paralegals and had no idea what they do. But during her internship, through a program sponsored by the John O’Leary Bar ...

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Karole Northrup balances a love of history with a career in the law

Karole Northrup’s career as a paralegal has introduced her to a few interesting characters and has given her a seat at some of the nation’s most sensational court proceedings. She earned her associate degree in paralegal studies from Orlando College ...

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Paralegal Christie Herding has loved the law since she was a teenager

Christie Daniels Herding landed her first law firm job when she was a quick-witted, enterprising teenager. At 16, she convinced the Cary law firm of Bain & Marshall to hire her. “Sol Marshall was the first person to give me ...

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Donna Hendren charts an unconventional path to paralegal status

Donna Hendren forged her own path into the legal world at a time when the paralegal profession was just emerging as a defined career. She grew up in the rural Piedmont region of North Carolina, in a small Wilkes County ...

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Delfin Floresca: Professional journey leads to lifelong learning

Delfin Floresca believes adaptability is one trait that sets paralegals apart from other legal professionals. As the senior paralegal for four attorneys at Koontz Mlynarczyk of Charleston, Floresca has honed his ability to efficiently solve problems, think outside the box ...

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Durham-Rivera savors assignments calling for investigation

Stephanie Durham-Rivera does not consider her day complete unless she has an opportunity to say “Oooh, plot twist.” Of all her responsibilities as a workers’ compensation paralegal, Durham-Rivera loves doing investigations the most. She has been with McAngus Goudelock & ...

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Tina Thacker built a career from law and historic preservation

Tina Thacker says she and her former husband fell in love with Winston-Salem when his brother was completing a fellowship at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. “When the marriage ended in 2007, I thought of places both domestic and ...

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Faye Bass charted her course paved with skill, luck, and opportunity

Faye Bass is living proof that with a little hard work, smart decisions, and the ability to make the most out of opportunities along the way, anyone can create their own destiny. As a young woman, Bass could not afford ...

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After losing a job, Cathy Boette finds a career

Cathy Boette learned, early in her career, how to turn a negative job experience into a productive career. After graduating from Bowling Green State University in Ohio with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, Boette set her sights on becoming ...

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Noelle LeBlanc earned her nickname as “Little General”

Noelle LeBlanc describes her younger self as a petite, painfully shy little girl who toughened up after leaving her Richmond, Virginia home for the first time and taking her first airplane trip to join the U.S. Air Force. She says ...

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