The NAPLA Nomination Committee 2020-2021 is honored to present the following slate of Executive Board and At-Large Board positions.NAPLA Nominations Committee: Recommended Executive Board – 2021
Associate Member Candidate (non-voting Law School Representative)
Lauren Dropkin practiced family law for 13 years in Chicago before transitioning to her current roles at Brandeis University. While Lauren servesas a general career counselor, she specializes in advising students who are considering a career in law, as well as those who seek to continue their education in other types of graduate school programs. In addition to her role at the Hiatt Career Center, Lauren is a teaching fellow for the Legal Studies Department. She is also very active in the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors (NAPLA), currently serving as the 2nd Vice President on the Executive Board and as NAPLA representative on the PLANC strategic planning committee. Lauren has run the mentorship program for several NAPLA Conferences and has presented on writing personal statements and other essays as well as on Letters of Recommendation.
Alex Jablonski currently serves as NAPLA Secretary. He earned his Master's in History from Binghamton University in 2013 and, after some time as a general advisor, assumed his current position as pre-law advisor in 2017. He has been an active member of NAPLA since 2018, first as a member of the planning committee for the 2019 conference and then, beginning in Fall 2019, as a member of the board.
Dr. Heather Frederick received her PhD in political science from West Virginia University and her BA from Hollins University where she majored in Philosophy and Communications with a minor in women’s studies. She regularly teaches courses in American Government, including The Presidency and American National Government. Dr. Frederick also serves as the Prelaw Program Coordinator for the university and offers courses in The Courts, Civil Liberties and Civil Rights, and Constitutional Law. She is known by her students as a fun and informative lecturer, and by her upper-level majors as a tough, demanding, and thorough professor. She has taught at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania since 2004. She has been a member of NAPLA since 2011, has served on the NAPLA board since 2018, and is actively engaged in research to aid prelaw advisors, regularly and often presenting at NAPLA conferences.
Tianna Ransom is the Assistant Director of Career Exploration at MIT and serves as the liaison for the Social Impact, Policy, and Law Career Pathway for First-Year Undergraduate through PhD students and recent alumni. She is the staff advisor for the MIT Pre-Law Society and manages career exploration initiatives for the Institute. Tianna has led and collaborated on multiple DEI efforts at MIT and has presented on DEI at four regional and national conferences. She has been involved in NAPLA events since beginning her role as a Pre-Law Advisor in 2018.
Michelle Yingling currently serves as Communications Coordinator. She has been a pre-law advisor at the University of Pittsburgh for the past seven years where she advises students on all aspects of the pre-law process including applying to law school. Michelle has served on the conference planning committee for the conferences in Pittsburgh, North Haven (Quinnipiac) and Boston and has presented at many of the past NAPLA and PLANC conferences. She has a Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Carlow University and currently works in the Career Center at the University of Pittsburgh.
Monica De Jesus (New York University)
Michelle Heck (University of Richmond School of Law)
Michelle Heck is the Associate Dean of admissions at the University of Richmond School of Law. Prior to joining Richmond Law in 2019, she spent 13 years as the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at the University of Missouri School of Law, where she worked in admission, financial aid, and student services. She earned her BS in marketing from Union University and her MA in educational leadership and policy analysis at the University of Missouri. During her time in law school admissions, she has served as Vice President and President of the Midwest Alliance for Law School Admissions (MALSA) and on the Planning Committees for the Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors (MAPLA) and MINK Law Day (a law fair sponsored by the law schools in Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas). In her participation with the Law School Admission Council, she has served on the Annual Meeting and Educational Conference Planning Work Group, Services and Programs Committee, and Information Systems Division Advisory Group, as well as on many forum panels. She has served as well as chaired the New Admission Personnel and Faculty Members Workshop Planning Work Group.