President – Kenyatta Upchurch

Kenyatta Upchurch is a patent legal assistant with Coats & Bennett, PLLC and has twelve years of professional experience as a patent paralegal and eight years as a legal assistant in commercial real estate and environmental law. In addition to her legal experience, Kenyatta’s background includes work in the fields of publishing and customer service. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Kenyatta has been a member of the Research Triangle Paralegal Association (RTPA) since 2009 and has previously served as the chairperson of the Community Service Committee and for two years as RTPA’s Treasurer.


Vice President - Sue Atti

Sue graduated in 2003 from Hilbert College in Hamburg, NY with a bachelor’s degree in Paralegal Studies. She has lived in North Carolina for about fifteen years and began working as a paralegal in 2004. Sue is a Certified Paralegal through The North Carolina State Bar. She is currently employed with the City of Raleigh as a condemnation paralegal and previously worked in bankruptcy, collections, corporate and patent law. In addition to the RTPA, Sue is a member of the North Carolina Paralegal Association (NCPA), and the Raleigh-Wake Paralegal Association (RWPA). This is her second year serving as an officer with RTPA and she is also in her third year as the Chair of the Community Services Committee.


Secretary - Margaret Powers

Margaret is a 2012 graduate of Meredith College's Paralegal Program and is both a NALA Certified Paralegal and North Carolina Certified Paralegal.  She has a background in medicine, biotechnology, clinical research, sales/marketing, and donor recruiting (The American Red Cross).  Her legal career has been in the areas of personal injury, estates/trust, litigation and family law.  She is currently working at Bailey Family Law and is pursuing an eDiscovery Advanced Certified Paralegal designation through the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). This is Margaret's third year serving as the Secretary of RTPA.


Treasurer – Sandra Day

Sandy has been employed as a trademark paralegal with the law firm of Moore & Van Allen PLLC for the last nine years and has over twenty-five years of experience in the intellectual property field. Sandy moved to the Raleigh area with her family from New York over nine years ago, having previously worked at the NYC law firms of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel; Buchanan Ingersoll; Harris Beach & Wilcox; and Liddy Sullivan. She became a member of the RTPA in 2007. Sandy is a Certified Paralegal through the North Carolina State Bar Association and is excited to begin her first year serving as Treasurer of the RTPA.










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