Mississippi Paralegal Association

Board of Directors


Christy Roberts, ACP




Christy Roberts is an Advanced Certified Paralegal who works with attorneys on all types of litigation, specializing in 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 organization style. Further, she is an expert in project management, case analysis, materials preparation, and process implementation. 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 Liason, Public Relations Chair, and Vice-President of Education. 

Olivia Bennett

Olivia Bennett

VP of Membership



Olivia Bennett is currently a freelance paralegal dba Litigation Acceleration Services, LLC. Olivia began her paralegal career in 2011 and obtained a bachelors of science in paralegal studies in 2015. Over the years, she has worked in collections, toxic tort litigation, and is currently involved in workers’ compensation and personal injury. Presently, she is serving as Mississippi Paralegal Association’s Vice President of Membership.


Jennifer Eure

Jennifer Eure is currently a paralegal with the MS Department of Human Services in the child support legal division. She is involved with enforcement actions for collecting child support payments. Jennifer has worked in various roles in the legal industry for over seven years. This includes family law, toxic tort litigation, administrative hearings, criminal defense, and trial attendance/preparation. Presently, she is serving as the Mississippi Paralegal Association's Secretary.  


Kristy Hogan


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Zenda Heafner, CP

NALA Liaison/Parliamentarian


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. She is currently working in the electric transmission industry and employed by Legacy PSG, Inc. in Lubbock, Texas, as Documents Supervisor and Title Specialist, and as a local paralegal when needed and/or to meet with and work with corporate counsel and local counsel. Zenda was fortunate to work as a recovery accounting oversight analyst with the Memahelp.com Public Assistance Program for Hurricane Katrina recovery through the law firm of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz and Horne LLP accounting firm.   She has also worked on a national level in asbestos and breast implant litigation; state and federal civil litigation; worker’s compensation; product and premises liability, insurance defense, and as management and in supervisory positions as a document specialist and title abstractor. Before moving back to Mississippi in 1995, of which is a native Mississippian, she worked in Louisiana in the areas of estate planning, probate, and tax law. She has worked in the oil and gas industry as a contract paralegal and has worked in the states of Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Tennessee, Indiana, and Arkansas.  She has been a member of the Mississippi Paralegal Association, Inc. (MPA) since 1996. She has been a member of the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) since 1997 and attends the annual conventions. She has served as MPA’s President in 2002; Vice-President of Established Membership in 2008, 2010 and 2011; Vice-President of New Membership in 2000, 2001, 2006, and 2007; Treasurer 1998 and 1999; Parliamentarian in 2004, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020; Region I Director 2012; Region V Director in 2005; interim NALA liaison at the NALA conventions in 2007 held in New Orleans, Louisiana and in 2010 held in Jacksonville, Florida; appointed as NALA liaison in 2017 and attended the NALA Convention in Orlando, Florida, NALA Liaison in 2018 and attended the NALA Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, 2019 and attended the NALA Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona, and 2020 with plans to attend NALA Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey; has served on various committees as Chairman and/or Co-Chairman; has assisted in the CLA/CP review seminars and study groups for several years; proctored the CLA/CP exams at Holmes Community College and Copeland Cook Taylor & Bush; has volunteered throughout the years at the Stewpot, Toys for Tots, Angel Tree, Shriners Hospitals, Lubbock Children’s Home and various other Christmas fundraisers throughout other cities and states; assisted the Young Lawyers pro-bono program during Katrina recovery; has volunteered for various other community and civic projects; she was on the committee to assist in preparing and submitting a program for the Affiliate Associations’ presentation at the 2011 NALA Convention in Omaha, Nebraska; and to help generate interest and prepare a presentation to the NALA Convention Selection Board to have the NALA Convention in Mississippi; she is currently a Notary Public in Texas; has been a Notary Public in Mississippi and Louisiana;  is a licensed Easement Right of Way Agent for the Texas Real Estate Commission; and is a member of the International Right of Way Association and local member of the Magnolia Chapter in Mississippi.


Deborah Hicks

Central Region Director


Deborah Hicks is currently Legal Intake Coordinator at Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project. In her position, Deborah handles the intake process for new and prospective MVLP clients. She 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 began her career in the legal field in 1992. Before joining MVLP, she worked at two Jackson area law firms as both a Legal Assistant and Paralegal. Deborah also runs her own notary public and virtual paralegal services business. Presently, she is serving as the Mississippi Paralegal Association's Central Region Director.


Adam Jones

IT Committee Co-Chairperson



Bridget Breithaupt, CP

IT Committee Co-Chairperson

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 the co-chair of the IT Committee.

The terms paralegal and legal assistant are generally used interchangeable, like attorney and lawyer. MPA uses the word paralegal throughout its communication.