Big Bend Chapter


Asha Maharaj-Lucas – Chapter President

Asha is currently the President of the Big Bend Chapter.  She is a Florida Bar Registered Paralegal and has been a paralegal since 1997.  Since moving to Tallahassee in 2004 she has worked in the general counsel’s office of several state agencies, but, presently she is a paralegal with Guilday, Schwartz, Simpson, West, Hatch & Lowe, P.A. (GuildayLaw). Asha received her BA in political science from Rutgers University and completed paralegal training at Fairleigh Dickinson University.


Beth Sumners, CP, FCP, FRP – Vice President

Beth has been a member of the Big Bend Chapter since 1993 holding numerous Board and Committee Chair positions over the years and is currently Chair of the Membership committee, Co-Chair of Education/Scholarship committee and Vice President of the Big Bend Chapter. She is a NALA Certified Paralegal and PAF Certified Florida Paralegal since 1993 as well as a Registered Paralegal since the inception of the program in 2008. Beth has extensive experience in civil litigation; professional liability; business; construction; real estate; administrative; employment; environmental; health care; real estate; and probate/estate planning. She is currently a paralegal with the firm of Guilday, Schwartz, Simpson, West, Hatch & Lowe, P.A. (GuildayLaw) since 1998. In addition to her work with the Big Bend Chapter over the years, Beth has participated as an Advisory Board member of the Keiser College Paralegal & Criminology Advisory Board and the Tallahassee Community College Paralegal & Legal Studies Advisory Board.


Ann-Charlotte Yoon – Corresponding/Recording Secretary

Ann-Charlotte has been a paralegal since 1994 and a Florida Registered Paralegal since 2008.  She began her career as a paralegal shortly after moving to Tallahassee.  She is currently with the Agency for Health Care Administration in the Inspector General Medicaid Program Integrity Unit and has been since 2007.  Ann-Charlotte is delighted to serve as the BBPAF Corresponding/Recording Secretary.


Mike Hamrick, FRP – Treasurer

Mike, a Florida Registered Paralegal since 2008, has a bachelor’s in Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida and a bachelor’s in Accounting from Flagler College. He currently works in the City Attorney’s Office for the City of Tallahassee.


Melissa Mara, CP, FRP – Director at Large

Melissa is currently employed by The Florida Bar where, she has been since 2000.  She has held many positions in the legal division for The Florida Bar such as, part-time receptionist, program assistant for the diversion program, legal secretary for the advertising counsel, administrative assistant to the director of the legal division and now as a paralegal.  Melissa monitors the terms and conditions of disciplined attorneys.  She moved to Tallahassee in 1998 from Deltona, Florida where she grew up.  Melissa holds an AA degree (2010) and an AS degree in Paralegal and Legal Studies (2011) from Tallahassee Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Criminology from Florida State University (2015).  She became a certified paralegal with NALA and a Florida Bar Registered Paralegal in 2013.



La’Tashsua Hugans, CP, FRP – Immediate Past President

Tasha has been a long standing member of the Big Bend Chapter. She has served as Director at Large and Vice President, and currently is the Co-Chair of the Education/Scholarship Committee and President of the chapter. She is a Certified and Florida Bar Registered Paralegal and enjoys working in the paralegal field.



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Community Service
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Job Bank
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Headnotes/Website Liaison

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