2015 Board Member Profiles

Erica L. Clanton, President

Erica L. Clanton is currently a Site Marketing Manager with SBA Communications Inc. working in the areas of telecommunications and real estate.  She previously worked for the law firm of Dodson, Parker, Capparella & Behm, P.C. in the practice areas of real estate, estate planning, litigation, bankruptcy, and intellectual property. She has previously served as Director of Programming for MTPA. She received her paralegal certification from Southeastern Career College (now Kaplan Career Institute) and her Bachelor of Arts from University of North Alabama. In addition to MTPA, she also serves on the Membership Committee for the historic Belcourt Theatre, volunteers with the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, and is a member of the Tennessee Wireless Association (TWA).  

Lasa RuckerVice President

Bio of Lasa coming soon.

Vacant Director of Operations - Secretary

Currently served by Kris Collier




Vacant Director of Finance-Treasurer

Currently served by Erica Clanton 

Kris Collier, Director of Programming

Kris Collier is employed by the law firm of The White Law Group, PLLC, as a Senior Paralegal.   She has experience in many different areas of the law due to prior employment through Kelly Services at Nissan North America, Inc.,  Sarah Cannon Research Institute, LLC, and the State of Tennessee.  Kris graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 1994, and Southeastern Career College (now Kaplan Career Institute) in 2006,  Before becoming a paralegal, she worked in the travel industry for ten (10) years.  

When Kris is not working, she vociferously cheers on the Tennessee Titans as well as spoils her 1st niece, Zoe. In addition, she volunteers her time to the Pro Bono Clinic at The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee.

FUN FACT:  Although I was born in Nashville, and my parents' families are from Nashville and Waverly, technically, I'm not from here.  I grew up as an Air Force brat.  But, since I always came back to visit both sides of my family, I've adopted Nashville and Waverly as my hometowns!

 Theresa Crow, Past President; Website Administrator; NFPA Liaison   


Theresa earned a Master's degree as well as a paralegal degree and certificate from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, and has been a practicing paralegal for 30 years.  Over the years, she has worked in the areas of administrative law, commercial real estate, contract law, corporate, domestic relations, education law, estate planning and probate, immigration, litigation (including comercial, employment/labor, environmental, insurance, personal injury, medical malpractice, product liabiltiy, and school board defense), regulatory (including banking and investments), telecommunications, and transactional.  Theresa's experience has been in both the law firm environment and the corporate sector.  She is currently employed as the Risk Management Specialist performing contract review, revision, drafting and negotiation as well as litigation coordination at Gresham, Smith and Partners, an architectural/engineering/interior design firm offering professional services in the disciplines of aviation, corporate and urban design, environmental compliance, healthcare, industrial, land planning, transportation and water services.
Theresa has been a member of MTPA since 1999 when she began working in Nashville. Her community volunteer activities include:  serving on the Friends of the Humane Society of Dickson County board, serving as chapter advisor (and numerous other advisor capacities) for a university sorority chapter, functioning as a network specialist (in finance, public relations, recruitment, and Panhellenic) for an international sorority, as a participant in various fundraisers for the American Cancer Society, and in various roles for her firm's United Way Campaign each year.

Contact MTPA:  Middle Tennessee Paralegal Association | P. O. Box 198006 | Nashville, TN 37219 | Email:  MTPA@memberlodge.org | For website administration:  contact Theresa Crow at theresa_crow@gspnet.com


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