Palm Beach County Bar Association Staff

Carla Tharp Brown

Executive Director – Carla is responsible for the general operations and management of the Association to include handling the budget and finances. She is responsible for managing and hiring staff. Carla assists the Board of Directors in carrying out the bar policies and reports on all activities of the Association. She oversees the Lawyer Referral Service program, the production of the Bulletin, the Bar’s website, and other technology efforts. She also serves as a liaison to several bar committees.      

Lynne Poirier

Communications Director – Lynne is responsible for the Bar’s overall sponsorships. She handles public relations and maintains relationships with the media. She is the staff liaison to the North County Section and handles many of the PBCBA community service projects. She also secures underwriting for receptions and special events.

Kathy Clark

CLE Coordinator – Kathy is responsible for working with the CLE Committees. She is responsible for assisting them with producing quality seminars to include preparing flyers and applying for Florida Bar credit. She works with other bar committees that plan events that require CLE credit.  She also assists with special bar events.

Derek Loiseau

Publications Coordinator – Derek handles the production of various types of print, including the Bar Bulletin and its display and classified ads, E-blasts, social media outlets, and the Bar website. He handles general membership inquiries and assists with technological issues. He provides support to other staff as needed.

Vicky Vargas 

Membership Coordinator and YLS Liaison – Vicky handles all new and renewing membership responsibilities. She also handles all event registrations, answers member calls, and assists other staff members with special projects. She is the staff liaison to the Young Lawyers Section.

Nicole Nelson

Bookkeeper & Admin. Asst. to our Executive Director – Nicole is responsible for all the financial bookkeeping, including checks and credit card processing, creating spreadsheets, and providing financial reports to the Executive director. She also handles some administrative needs and assists with special projects for the Executive Director. She answers membership inquiries as needed.

Jessica Gonzalez

Lawyer Referral Service Coordinator – Jessica oversees our Lawyer Referral Service Program. The LRS program receives hundreds of calls monthly from the public asking for a referral to an attorney. These potential clients are referred to bar members who elect to participate in this program.

Dee Maeyens

Lawyer Referral Service Rep.  – Dee works in the Lawyer Referral Service part-time.  She assists members of the public who call looking for a referral to an attorney.

Palm Beach County Bar Association Staff