The NAPLA Nomination Committee 2019-2020 is honored to present the following slate of Executive Board and At-Large Board positions.NAPLA Nominations Committee: Recommended Executive Board – 2020
Rita Ralston has served for the past year as 1st Vice President of NAPLA and was previously 2nd Vice President and an At-Large Board Member. She has been a pre-law advisor at Boston University for seventeen years. Rita advises hundreds of students each year on the path to law school, supports several pre-law student organizations, and is an instructor for the First Year Experience Program. As a member of NAPLA, Rita co-founded and co-chaired the Boston Connect pre-law advisor professional development program for six consecutive years (2013-2018). She has been a regular participant and presenter at NAPLA conferences. Rita Co-Chaired NAPLA’s 2019 Conference in Boston.
Phillip Mink is Director of Pre-Law Advising in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. He is also Director of the Patriot Pre-Law Program, an assistant professor in the Schar School, and an assistant professor in the School of Business. Professor Mink advises a diverse group of students at Mason, including many underrepresented minorities and first-generation college students. Because of his background in writing, Professor Mink specializes in helping his pre-law students perfect their personal and diversity statements. Prior to his work at Mason, Professor Mink was director of the Legal Professional Preparatory Program at the University of Delaware and an assistant professor in English and Legal Studies. He was also the university’s primary pre-law advisor. Professor Mink’s main research interest is the methods used to teach legal writing, and he has presented papers on the topic before the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisers, the Association for Business Communication, and the Conference on College Composition and Communication. He joined the Board of the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors in 2017, and by participating in this organization he has become a far more effective resource for his students.
Lauren Dropkin practiced family law for 13 years in Chicago before transitioning to her current roles at Brandeis University. While Lauren serves as 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 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 Secretary on the Executive Board and multiple. At the annual NAPLA Conference, Lauren runs the mentorship program and has presented on writing personal statements and other essays as well as on Letters of Recommendation.
Michelle Yingling currently serves as Treasurer and the Chair of the Communication and Strategic Initiatives Committee. She has been a pre-law advisor at the University of Pittsburgh for the past six 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.
Alex Jablonski is currently an At-Large member of the Board. He earned his Master's in History from Binghamton in 2013 and, after some time as a general advisor, assumed his current position in 2017. He has been an active member of NAPLA since 2018, first serving on the 2019 Conference program committee then joining the NAPLA board in the fall of 2019. He currently Chairs the Strategic Planning Committee on Advocacy.
Tina Coco (Baruch College-CUNY)
Heather Frederick (Slippery Rock University)