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Our Mission

The International Practice Management Association (IPMA) is the premier resource for information and education on the management of paralegals and other practice support professionals in law firms and law departments globally. Its mission is to advocate for the effective use and management of these professionals, to promote and enhance the proficiency and professionalism of its members, and to provide thought leadership to the membership, the legal industry and the public at large on the value of utilization and management of paralegals and other practice support professionals.

Board of Directors

The IPMA Board of Directors is responsible for the strategic direction of the association.

Gary L. Melhuish | President
Laura Porter | President-Elect
Katherine M. Anderson | Secretary-Treasurer
Deborah M. Clarke | Immediate Past President
Fiorella Bellissimo | Vice President - Division III Chapter Development & Support
Jane Anne Gross | Vice President - Membership
Jennifer Karns | Vice President - Trends & Positions
Patricia L. Maxwell | Vice President - Division I Chapter Development & Support
Lisa Ricchezza | Vice President - Division II Chapter Development & Support
Emily Visone | Vice President - Communications
Amy Williams | Vice President - Professional Development  
Debra Janko | Director at Large

To learn more about the IPMA Board and its responsibilities, click here.

To view detailed contact information for members of the IPMA Board of Directors, active members can click here.


IPMA Past Presidents

Bea Wood & Candace M. Gibson | 1985-1986
Lois Boyd | 1986-1987
Lynda F. Wertheim | 1987-1988
Anne Marie Mooney | 1988-1989
Pamela S. (Gibbs) Goetsch | 1989-1990
Ann M. Dodds | 1990 - 1991
Patsy R. Pressley | 1991 - 1992
Deborah L. Thompson | 1992 - 1993
Deborah C. Wahl | 1993-1994
Rebecca S. Bike | 1994-1995
Linda R. Katz | 1995-1996
Patricia J. Hicks | 1996-1997
Laurie P. Roselle | 1997-1998
Donna F. Prehm | 1998-1999
Christine A. Reynolds | 1999-2000
Meredith Larabee | 2000-2001
Mary Ellen Perkins | 2001-2002
Annette M. Schlaf | 2002-2003
Christy K. Stouffer | 2003-2004
Gary L. Melhuish | 2004-2005
Tracy A. O'Keefe | 2005-2006
Carolyn M. Hilgers | 2006-2007
Joyce M. McGuiney | 2007-2008
Elise B. Brickner-Schulz | 2008-2009
Michelle M. Morris | 2009-2010
Karen Tuschak, B.A., CHRP | 2010-2011
Stacie V. Straw, SPHR | 2011-2012
Sylvia R. Naim, RP | 2012-2013
Craig A. Hardesty | 2013
Brian J. Bernhard | 2013-2014
Victoria Snook | 2014-2015
Marcia M. Bibb | 2015-2016
Deborah M. Clarke | 2016-2017