March 1, 2023
INDIANA PARALEGAL ELECTED REGION DIRECTOR FOR THE NATIONAL
FEDERATION OF PARALEGAL ASSOCIATIONS, INC.
Minneapolis, MN, March 1, 2023 – The National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc.
(NFPA®), is pleased to announce that Cherylan Shearer has been elected by special election
as Region III Director for the 2021-2023 term. NFPA’s elections are typically held at its Annual
Convention and Policy Meeting, with special elections held to fill an open position.
Ms. Shearer is a corporate paralegal at the law firm of Yoder Ainlay Ulmer & Buckingham, LLP in
Goshen, Indiana. She has been with the firm for 28 years and received her paralegal certificate
with honors in June 1999 from Indiana University at South Bend. She primarily works with the
initial set up of organizations including for-profit, not-for-profit, and limited liability companies,
mergers and acquisitions, and maintains corporate compliance for approximately 600 clients of
the firm. Ms. Shearer is also a member of the Affiliate Committee of the Indiana State Bar
Association currently serving as Vice Chair.
Ms. Shearer has been a member of the Michiana Paralegal Association since 1999 and is a
current member of the Northeast Indiana Paralegal Association. While a member of the
Michiana Paralegal Association, she served as Membership Chair, on its Board of Directors, as
President, and as Primary Delegate. She has also served as the NFPA Region III Director from
2009 through 2012, served as NFPA’s Secretary and Director of Operations from 2015 to 2018,
served on various committees, as Convention Coordinator, and as Governing Documents
Coordinator. She has taught seminars to the paralegal students taking the Business
Organization class at the Indiana University at South Bend. In 2010, she was awarded the
Michiana Paralegal of the Year.
The Region III Director is responsible for helping local associations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia,
Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Region Directors are the main liaison between members associations and other members of the
NFPA® is a non-profit professional organization representing more than 8,000 paralegals and is
headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NFPA®’s core purpose is to advance the paralegal
profession with a mission to promote a global presence for the paralegal profession and
leadership in the legal community.
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March 1, 2023