2018 - 2019 SVPA Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is responsible for setting policy, implementing programs, and representing the interests of our members. The board meets the fourth Tuesday of the month February – November.
Kathy received her Bachelor degree in English from Arizona State University and her Juris Doctor from Lincoln Law School of Sacramento, CA. She previously taught in the paralegal program at Heald College for over 5 years. She has worked in a variety of legal roles in corporate, government, small and large law firms. Ms. Bailey is currently employed at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, a large national law firm and is dedicated to helping others reach their full potential. Ms. Bailey served as the SVPA Vice President of Education for two years prior to becoming president in 2018.
Kathy A. Bailey, J.D., CRP, C.C.L.S.
Jessica received her A.A. Degree in Paralegal Studies from MTI College in 2013 where she also received her Legal Secretary Certificate in 2012. Her past experience includes legal assistant to the Chief Administrative Law Judge, General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel for the State of California, Public Employment Relations Board. She currently is a paralegal and legal assistant for a Medical Malpractice firm in Sacramento. Ms. Kleopfel served as the SCPA Secretary for two years prior to becoming the Vice President of Membership in 2018. She has served as a Director since 2015.
Vice President Membership & SCBA Secondary
Emily is interested in advancing the paralegal profession and encouraging individual paralegals to achieve their personal and professional goals. Emily has served SVPA as Director and NFPA Representative. She has been a member of SVPA for over ten years. She received her Paralegal Certificate from CSU, Chico; Bachelor of Arts from University of Puget Sound; and Master of Public Administration from CSU, Chico. Emily passed the Paralegal CORE Competency Exam (PCCE) in 2015 and is a CORE Registered Paralegal. Emily has worked in legal support for over 20 years and is currently employed at Sutter County Counsel.
Director, NFPA Primary Representative
Emily Larsen, MPA, CRP
After 8 years as a legal secretary, Rhonda returned to school to earn her Paralegal degree from Blackstone in 2009. Rhonda supports several Rivera & Associates practice area with an emphasis on Litigation, Personal Injury, Civil Rights, Insurance Defense and Construction Defect. Ms. Harrigan has served on the SVPA Board since 2015.
Director, SCBA Primary
Alisa graduated from San Diego State with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. In 2011, she earned her paralegal certificate from the University of San Diego and she began her paralegal career working in Business Immigration law for five years. She currently works in the field of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) as a Case Manager for JAMS Sacramento. Alisa is passionate about the legal profession and appreciates the diversity that it has to offer. With a desire to serve her community, she is committed to advancing the Paralegal profession, particularly in the Sacramento area. Alisa has a proven her dedication to this commitment by serving as an SVPA director for the past two years and is excited for the opportunity to continue her service as a director.
Director, Social Media, CAPA Representative