Thursday, February 17, 2011

Paralegal Profession Loses a Rising Star: Tessa Conradi-Marella

The paralegal profession lost one of its rising stars when Pacific Northwest Paralegal Association (PNPA) President, Tessa Elizabeth Conradi-Marrella, died in an automobile accident on February 7, 2011.

Tessa, 32, earned her Associates degree from Clark Community College and was employed as a paralegal at Zuricha, N.A. in Portland OR. She married Walter Marrella on January 11, 2007.

Once Tessa joined PNPA, she served as the Public Relations Coordinator and then became President in July, 2010. She had an unbridled enthusiasm for both her work and her association involvement.

While I never met Tessa in person, I felt I knew her well as we corresponded often when she would forward PNPA's outstanding monthly newsletter, Hearsay.

PNPA will host In Remembrance of Tessa Conradi-Marrella on Friday, February 18th, from 4-8pm at Courtyard Portland City Center, 550 SW Oak Street, Portland OR.


Anonymous said...

Very sad. Thank you so much for posting. She will be missed.

shatch said...

Thank you Beverly and Vicki. We appreciate the support we have received from the National Association of Legal Assistants and its Affiliated Associations. PNPA has an amazing board of directors who have really pulled together during this tragedy. This just emphasizes what we can accomplish when we come together with support and get the work done.