Mississippi Paralegal Association
Board of Directors
Christy Roberts, ACP
Robertson + Easterling, Pllc
Christy Roberts is an Advanced Certified Paralegal, specializing in all types of litigation, including class actions and mass torts for over 22 years. She loves trial work and all aspects of litigation with case resolution goals at the forefront of her organizational style. Christy is an Advanced Certified Paralegal by NALA in Trial Practice, Discovery, and e-Discovery. She currently serves as the President of the Mississippi Paralegal Association, where she has previously served as Student Liaison, Public Relations Chair, and Vice-President of Education.
VP of Membership
Butler Snow, LLP
Shae Whitesides has nearly twenty years’ experience as a paralegal and legal secretary. She currently works as a paralegal for Butler Snow in Ridgeland. With extensive experience in both large and medium-sized law firms in Mississippi and Alabama, and works primarily in civil litigation. Primarily focusing on the labor and employment and products liability areas, Shae loves pursuing a case from beginning to the end and has worked on several cases that went to trial in both federal and state courts. She currently serve as the Mississippi Paralegal Association’s Vice President of Membership.
VP of Education
Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project
Deborah Hicks began her career in the legal field in 1992. Deborah is employed with the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project as the Legal Intake Coordinator. Before joining MVLP, she previously worked as a Paralegal at two law firms in the Jackson. Deborah attended Kaplan University where she obtained an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Paralegal Studies in July 2006 and was a member of the Honor Society. Deborah is also the owner/operator of Hicks Notary & Virtual Paralegal Services. She currently serves on the Mississippi Paralegal Association's newsletter committee, is the VP of Education, and has previously served as Central Region Director.
Public Defender's Office
Jessica Yarbrough is currently employed with the Lauderdale County Public Defender's Office in Meridian. Jessica had the privilege of getting the newly established public defender's office up and running. Jessica began her career in 2012 when she began working for a criminal defense attorney. She has continued to work in the field of criminal defense for the last eight years. Jessica graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies from Mississippi College in 2019. She is a member of the Mississippi Public Defender's Association. Jessica is on MPA's newsletter committee and also serves as MPA's secretary.
Bridget Breithaupt, CP
Institutions of Higher Learning
Bridget Breithaupt is the Senior Executive Assistant at the MS Institutions of Higher Learning. Her role includes supporting the Commissioner of Higher Education and the IHL Board of Trustees. In 2003, she completed the certification program through the American Institute for Paralegal Studies, Inc. and became a Certified Paralegal by NALA in January 2004. Bridget has been a member of both MPA and NALA since 2004. While she has served in various roles on the MPA Board, Bridget is currently Treasurer and co-chair of the IT Committee.
Zenda Heafner, CP
MS Attorney General's Office at MDOT
Zenda is a certified paralegal with twenty-nine years of legal experience and received her CP certification in March 2006. She received a Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Management/Administration with a minor in Business Information Systems at Louisiana State University-Shreveport and also received a Paralegal Certificate from Louisiana State University-Shreveport. She completed the NALA Leadership Enhancement and Preparation (LEAP) program in 2012. Zenda has served in leadership roles with the Mississippi Paralegal Association for many yeasr.
Central Region Director
U.S. Army Corps Engineers
Vince Farrell is currently a Paralegal Specialist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He began his paralegal career in 2010, upon joining the U.S. Army and was Honorably discharged in 2017. An alumnus of the U.S. Army’s Adjutant General School (2010), Vince has also earned a Legal Investigations Certificate at Kansas State University (2019), a Paralegal Certificate from Boston University (2019) and an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice from Southern New Hampshire University (2020). He is now pursuing a B.S. in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and scheduled to graduate in 2021. Vince has worked in numerous practice areas over the previous ten years to include intelligence law, government contracting, legal investigations, federal tort litigation, criminal litigation, civil litigation, real estate, environmental, regulatory, business law, and federal labor and employment. He is currently a Notary Public in Mississippi and has previously served as a Notary for the U.S. Army, Missouri, and Hawaii. Vince has received multiple awards throughout his career and was most recently selected as the Mississippi Paralegal Association's 2020 Paralegal of the Year. He currently serves as the Association’s Central Region Director.