Strong leaders makes strong organizations. The Chicago Paralegal Association takes pride in its mission, but it would not be able to do this without a strong volunteer team on the ground dedicated to enhancing the success of paralegals. Let's meet those involved.
Treasurer/Director of Finance &
Director of Marketing
Nathan Ciulla joined the Chicago Paralegal Association in 2021 after attending a webinar and meeting a couple of the founding board members. Due to his experience, he was appointed the Director of Marketing and now serves in that role as well as the Treasurer of the association.
Nathan is also a senior legal assistant at SATC|Law, where his focus is on helping clients, assisting lawyers, and making everyone feel welcomed. Nathan is a valued asset to the firm’s litigation and transactional teams. He continues to branch out into new areas, including assisting with IT, marketing, social media management and administration.
He is also the host and senior producer of the Bridging Chicago Podcast, the premier Chicago based community and social podcast brought by the SATC|Solution Center. With a microphone and camera as his tools, Nathan explores the experiences and achievements of Chicago business, charity and community leaders. He believes that everyone’s story has value, and by sharing these stories, even if it is just with one other person, we can inspire change in our communities. Nathan also serves as a mentor to other podcast hosts and producers through his involvement with The Podcast Academy.
Nathan enjoys meeting the members of the CPA and welcoming them to one of our many events. He also enjoys featuring the great things the association and its members are doing through our website and social media presence. He hopes to help grow the association in size and reach to continue highlighting why paralegals are such an important resource in the American justice system.
“For me, learning how to be my truest self at home, work and with friends was the most freeing experience of my life. It’s important to me to advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community so that more people can feel that same freedom and that no young person feels as though their life is less than anyone else’s."
Director-at-Large, Pro Bono
Gabriel V. Evelyn is a Founding Member and the Pro Bono Coordinator of the Chicago Paralegal Association (CPA). Gabriel can often be heard telling everyone
about his unofficial motto for the CPA: “We have no hateration, here. We’re all about celebration, elevation, and uplifting the entire community!”
Gabriel currently works as the Paralegal at Prather Ebner Wilson LLP, a boutique law firm that focuses on probate, estate planning, and estate administration.
Gabriel Evelyn joined Prather Ebner LLP as a Paralegal/Legal Assistant in August 2020.
graduating from DePaul University with a B.A. in Journalism in 2012,
Gabriel worked within the journalism and pharmacy fields before
discovering the Paralegal profession. He then decided to cultivate his
long-held passion for the law by enrolling at Wilbur Wright’s A.B.A.
approved Paralegal Studies program. He
officially transitioned into the legal field in 2018, first volunteering as an Administrative Assistant at Legal Advocates for Seniors & People with Disabilities, then by working as a Special Assignments Legal Administrative Assistant & later as a Project Assistant at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, before graduating with an A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies in 2019.
Secretary/Director of Operations
Carolyn S. Boyce
Carolyn S. Boyce has been a member of the Chicago Paralegal Association (CPA) since February 2023. She joined the Marketing Commmittee, contributing articles to the newsletter, and volunteered at CPA's Race Judicata 2023 table. As a new Chicagoan transplanted from Ohio, she participated in CPA's mentorship program as a mentee seeking guidance with networking in the city in pursuit of a her next role. In October 2023, she was elected to serve on the CPA Board of Directors as its Secretary and Director of Operations.
She is currently employed as a paralegal with the Environmental Law & Policy Center in Chicago. Carolyn also provides paralegal job search and career coaching through her remote-based business, Paralegals Rising, and is an ocassional catsitter in the Lakeview-Lincoln Park neighborhoods. She's a member of NALA and Women in eDiscovery.
Carolyn's legal experience spans a cumulative 17 years as a paralegal, policy researcher, legal assistant, legal secretary, and docket clerk in the fields of environmental, labor and employment, workers’ compensation, personal injury, unemployment, landlord-tenant, and consumer law. She has worked as a self-employed freelancer, for universities and nonprofits, at low-income legal aid offices, all sizes of plaintiff firms, a large corporate firm, and in county clerk of courts’ offices. Carolyn's career path has also led her into roles as a community outreach coordinator for a wind energy nonprofit, human resources recruiter, and as director of operations for a business systems consulting firm.
A few of the many organizations that Carolyn has volunteered for include the Legal Aid Society of Central Ohio, the Central Ohio Worker Center, the Sierra Club, various animal rescues, and multiple other grassroots initiatives and academic clubs.
Carolyn earned her Paralegal Certificate from Rice University in 2020, her B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University in 2016, and her A.A. in Liberal Arts from Cuyahoga Community College in 2013. She continues to be a lifelong learner and is currently pursuing certifications in Everlaw and Legal Operations, as well as obtaining her Illinois notary commission.
In her free time, Carolyn loves learning the piano, traveling, and going to concerts. She also enjoys reading, writing, watching movies, and cycling. Always seeking new adventures, she can be often be found exploring the city on weekends. She shares her home with her beloved house panther, Katarina.
Director of Professional & Student Development