Boca Raton Chapter


Michelle Ridge, ACP, CP, FCP – Chapter President/Director

Michelle is the current President of the Boca Raton Chapter.  She is a NALA Advanced Certified Paralegal, Certified Paralegal and PAF Certified Florida Paralegal. Michelle has extensive experience in Family Law including post judgment litigation and Dependency Law. She is currently a paralegal with the firm of Sidweber & Weintraub, P.A.



Doris R. Muscarella, FRP – 1st Vice President

Doris Muscarella is currently a Florida Registered Paralegal with over 30+ years in the legal industry.  From in-take to trial and/or settlement, she has experience in Federal & Civil Litigation in the areas of Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury as well as Appeals and Corporate Law.  At this time, she is working in the Legal department of Unified Physician Management as a Corporate Paralegal.  Doris is a member of the National Association of Legal Assistants, South Palm Beach County Bar Association and Florida Speakers Association.


Melissa Rivera, CP, FRP – 2nd Vice President

Melissa is the 2nd Vice President of the Boca Raton Chapter of PAF. She is a Florida Registered Paralegal and a member of the National Association of Legal Assistants.  Melissa started her career in 1991 and has worked primarily in the area of family law.  She is currently a paralegal at Gladstone & Weissman, P.A. and has extensive experience assisting attorneys who discreetly represent high net worth individuals (CEO’s, professionals, athletes and public figures) in complex divorce litigation, as well as child custody, prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements and other family law matters. Melissa also works closely with many local forensic accountants and assists with the identification, tracing and characterization of various marital and non-marital assets in complex property cases.


Desiree Yacko, FRP, ACP, CP – Secretary & Immediate Past President

Desiree Yacko was the Past President for the Boca Raton Chapter. Her favorite charity is Tri County Animal Rescue which the chapter has support through various events. She is proud to serve as the Boca Raton Chapter Secretary.


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Samantha Ameno – Treasurer

Samantha Ameno has almost 15 years’ experience in the title business and most of it was spent working with Attorney, Tammy Saltzman. Samantha has worked every aspect of a real estate closing from start to finish so she has a complete understanding of the process and can easily resolve issues that come up. Opening files, ordering title and estoppels, managing Seller documents, HUD preparation, and post-closing processing. She prides herself on excellent customer service with prompt attention and follow up. Attorney Saltzman would say that Samantha has the patience of a saint.

Samantha is currently studying to take the title exam and is a member and acting Treasurer for the Boca Raton Chapter of the Paralegal Association of Florida.


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Gail Lanning, CP – Meeting Coordinator

Hailing from Hopewell, NJ, Gail L. Lanning has been an Executive Assistant at Stoltz Companies, property development and headquarters for Brewzzi Italian American Microbrewery, for a past thirteen years.  A lifelong student, Gail received the CP designation in 2006, but her interest is in health and fitness.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Alternative Medicine, is a Licensed Massage Therapist, National Board Certified Reflexologist and Certified Health Coach. Gail lives in Delray Beach with three well-behaved felines and is a fan of traditional jazz. She was the meeting coordinator from 2007-2009 and from 2012 to present.



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