Directors’ Biographies

Northern District:

Director A – Kelly Bruce

I have worked in the legal profession for 35 years – nearly 30 as a paralegal. My career began with a solo general practitioner in Kirksville, Missouri, in 1983 after graduating from a two-year legal secretarial program at Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State). After moving to Texas in 1984, I completed a two-year paralegal/legal assistant program (Litigation Specialty) at Southern Methodist University in Dallas (program is now defunct), and in 1996 I earned the CLA/CP credential through NALA, which I maintain to this day by satisfying the required continuing education requirements. Except for a 3-year stint at a hospital where I fulfilled a variety of roles in Compliance, Medical Staff Credentialing, and Meaningful Use and handled issues related to the facility’s Medicare enrollments, I have worked in litigation my entire career for both plaintiff and defense firms on cases involving medical malpractice, wrongful death, personal injury, work comp, Social Security Disability, and general business litigation. Responsibilities have included assisting with all phases of the litigation process from inception to trial. I freelanced for a number of years as well. In January 2016 I accepted a paralegal position in the Tort Section at Shook, Hardy & Bacon in Kansas City, where I remain employed today and assist in the defense of personal injury cases (including some maritime cases, which are a little more interesting).

 

I have been married for 35 years and have two adult sons. I love to hike, explore quirky locations, and watch foreign films and scary movies. My passion is world travel, and in May I will travel to the Northern Territory and Western Australia outback for a hiking and camping adventure in The Kimberly region.

 

I served on the MPA Election Committee for the past two years and welcome the prospect of serving on the Board.

Director B – Jenn Moden

I graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in December 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology. Immediately following graduation, I was a Substance Abuse Counselor within the Missouri Department of Corrections and then a probation and parole officer for 10 years. Most recently I was the lead officer for the Buchanan County Domestic Violence Court program.

 

In January 2014, I returned to school to obtain an Associate’s degree in Legal Studies and Paralegal Certificate. I am scheduled to graduate with such in December 2017. In September 2016, I accepted a position with the Buchanan County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office as a Paralegal. Being new to the field, serving on the Board is an honor and wonderful experience to grow as a paralegal.

Director C – Lorie Burnley

I graduated from Missouri Western State College in December 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with emphasis on Legal Studies. I also have an Associate’s Degree in Art from Maple Woods Community College. I also have my Paralegal Certificate from Missouri Western.

 

I have worked at Office of The Chapter 13 Trustee since May 1998. I worked my way from file clerk to my current job, Paralegal Bankruptcy Specialist. I have been a paralegal since January 2004. I have only worked in Chapter 13 bankruptcy law. I am married and have a 5-year-old little girl. I also have a dog and a cat. I like to read, hang with friends, watch TV. I am currently the social media person for the Missouri Paralegal Association. Also, I am currently serving as the Missouri Paralegal Association treasurer.

Director D – Karla Hardin

I have been a paralegal for 27 years. After graduating from Missouri Western State University with degrees in Criminal Justice and Legal Studies, I began my career working for a solo practitioner. I then moved on to work as a loan closer in the mortgage business, a freelance paralegal doing probate work, and worked as a paralegal for a small litigation firm. These experiences led me to my current job as a Paralegal Bankruptcy Specialist for the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee for the Western District of Missouri. I have been at my current position for approximately 12 1/2 years.

 

I have been a member of MPA ever since the organization was created. I have held various positions within the organization including the posts of President, First Vice President, Second Vice President and Secretary. In addition, I have also held various committee chair positions. I am extremely proud to be a paralegal and love my profession. I feel that MPA provides us with a way to share a united voice in issues related to our profession. I am proud to call myself a member and I am excited for what MPA has achieved to date and extremely excited to see where it will go in the future.

Eastern District:

Director A – Amanda J. Chapman

I am a litigation paralegal at the law firm of Brown & Crouppen PC, primarily focusing on insurance defense matters, including class action, municipal law, personal injury, business litigation, and breach of contract. Here, I am responsible for managing high-volume document production, eDiscovery, data mapping/preservation, obtaining and summarizing documents, people investigations, preparing and responding to written discovery, preparing matters for trial/mediation/deposition, and identifying/vetting appropriate expert witnesses.

 

I obtained a B.S. in History and Social Studies Education from Missouri Valley College and paralegal certification through Adams State College. In 2011, I obtained national certification as a Registered Paralegal (RP) through NFPA and have maintained this designation since. In 2014, I was honored with the St. Louis Paralegal Association’s Paralegal Legend award.

 

An active member of several professional associations, I bring nearly 15 years of experience in the legal field to the table and work hard promoting the profession. I have served as a mentor to paralegal students and junior paralegals, have presented at CLE seminars locally and nationwide on countless topics, and have been given research credit in publications and training materials. Professional affiliations include Missouri Paralegal Association, St. Louis Paralegal Association, National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Women in eDiscovery, and EDEN.

 

I obtained a B.S. in History and Social Studies Education from Missouri Valley College and paralegal certification through Adams State College. In 2011, I obtained national certification as a Registered Paralegal (RP) through NFPA and have maintained this designation since. In 2014, I was honored with the St. Louis Paralegal Association’s Paralegal Legend award.

 

An active member of several professional associations, I bring nearly 15 years of experience in the legal field to the table and work hard promoting the profession. I have served as a mentor to paralegal students and junior paralegals, have presented at CLE seminars locally and nationwide on countless topics, and have been given research credit in publications and training materials. Professional Affiliations include Missouri Paralegal Association, St. Louis Paralegal Association, National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Women in eDiscovery, and EDEN.

Director B – Anna Denslow

I have over six years of paralegal experience. I began my career as a paralegal for a large defense firm, primarily handling complex civil litigation cases in both State and Federal Court as well as workers’ compensation and mass tort claims, before choosing to follow my passion in helping others. I began working in Family Law in 2014. Every day I strive to help others including my attorneys, co-workers and clients.

 

Our paralegal profession is on the rise and growing every day. Throughout my experience, I have gained extensive training, knowledge and first-hand experience on the fundamentals, practices and ethical responsibilities of being part of this profession. It is my hope that I can utilize my experiences to help other paralegals navigate and succeed.

Director C – Kathy Widman

Kathy has been the paralegal for a nursing home corporation for over eight years. Her job duties include approving requests for medical records along with ordering medical records for cases. She works with three in-house attorneys handling nursing home litigation, employment claims, contracts, insurance and corporate governance.

Director D – Jeannean Fenske

I began working in the legal field in 2001 as a receptionist legal assistant for Phillip Morse. In 2004, I began working at Sindel Noble in St. Louis, MO. I initially worked as a paralegal doing family law, estate planning and personal injury cases. In 2007, I was promoted to Office Manager and then in 2009 also took on the position of paralegal for partner Travis L. Noble, Jr. who specializes in defending Driving While Intoxicated and Federal Drug cases. Our firm handles a variety of cases including personal injury, family law, and recently expanding to negligent supervision.

 

I began attending paralegal classes in 2001 at St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley and then transferred to Maryville University. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from Maryville University – St. Louis in 2005.

 

I have a passion for passing on my paralegal knowledge and teaching others about the profession specifically as it relates to criminal law and DWI. I have presented at several CLE seminars on many topics as it relates to the paralegal’s role. I have also been asked to consult on law office organization and job roles within small firms specializing in criminal law.

 

After being a single mother for over 10 years, I remarried in 2013 and now have 4 boys, 3 girls and several more that call me “Mom” along with several grandchildren. In my free time, I love reading, camping and being outdoors. I am a member of Missouri Paralegal Association (MPA), National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) and Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL).

Southern District:

Director A – Talyia Leeper

I graduated Missouri State University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. During the time I was in college, I was also working full time as a paralegal for the Prosecuting Attorney in Stone County.

 

When it came time to pursue a career in business, I just couldn’t leave litigation. I was hooked! I was a trial assistant with the prosecutor’s office for seventeen years and directly assisted the Prosecutor in over one hundred jury trials. Subsequently, I moved to Springfield and took a job as a litigation paralegal with Polsinelli, PC where I worked on several document intensive commercial litigation cases. After five years, Polsinelli pulled out of the Springfield market and I took a position at Lowther Johnson assisting with commercial litigation as well as insurance defense and personal injury.

 

I am new to MPA but I understand the importance of coming together as peers uniting for a common purpose. I am a member of the Junior League of Springfield where I sit as committee chair and will be moving into a board position in the fall. I am married with two adult children and three amazing grandchildren.

Director C – (open)

Director C – (open)

Director D – Brandi Delleville

I graduated from William Woods University with a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies in June of 2017. I have been a paralegal for 10 years. I started my career as a legal secretary with the Public Defender’s office and then transitioned into a Paralegal role emphasizing in Criminal Law. After four and a half years with the Public Defender’s office in Greene County, I accepted a position with Polsinelli in Springfield, MO. I mainly focused on litigation and appellate work. After the closing of the Polsinelli Springfield office, I moved to Lowther Johnson, a large local firm in Springfield. I had a variety of roles that I filled as a paralegal focusing mainly on personal injury. I have worked in many areas of the law, including family law, criminal law, civil litigation, appeals, probate, and contract law. I have an extensive background in trial work.

 

I am now employed with Jack Henry and Associates, a large banking software company. I serve as a paralegal in the legal department preparing contracts and other litigation issues throughout the company.

 

I am also a member and in leadership with the Junior League of Springfield where we promote volunteerism and prepare women for leadership roles within the community.