Current Board of Directors

Deb Cunningham - President

Deb is a Senior Legal Assistant in the Real Estate and Development Unit of the Philadelphia Law Department, assisting City Department clients and attorneys through all of the real estate transactions involving the City of Philadelphia. She received her paralegal degree and eDiscovery certification from the Community College of Philadelphia. Deb serves on both the Philadelphia Law Department's Professional Development Committee and the Philadelphia Bar Association's Fraudulent Conveyance Task Force.

Crystal Gardner, Pa.C.P. - Secretary

Crystal is a certified litigation paralegal in the Office of General Counsel at Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (aka SEPTA) assisting trial attorneys in protecting and defending SEPTA against claims and lawsuits arising out of alleged personal injury matters. She has an extensive legal background throughout the legal community. Crystal is also a Notary Public for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and an alumni of Peirce College with an Associate Degree and a Bachelor of Science (Paralegal Studies 2007 and 2011). In November 2018 Crystal obtained her Pa.C.P. from Keystone Alliance of Paralegal Associations in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Crystal is the recipient of 2 awards in her tenure at SEPTA: recognition of team accomplishments of completion of three (3) jury trials within 30 days; each with favorable results, and a

Certificate of Excellence in honor of Women's Month, awarded for her professionalism, skill, tenacity, substantial and positive difference to the Authority, as well as being a woman who

exemplifies a passion for work, inspires people, and embodies the strength of the organization.

A member of the Philadelphia Association of Paralegals since 2011, Crystal attends lunch and learns with PAP as well as the PBA to receive up-to-date training and to engage with other paralegals

within the legal community. Crystal believes that the paralegal profession has evolved into a growing industry and that the demand for paralegals is on the rise. She looks forward to bringing her skills, knowledge, and ideas to the Association and to encourage her colleagues and assist those that are interested in the profession.

Janice Trout, Pa.C.P.—Treasurer 

Janice C. Trout is a senior litigation paralegal at the Offit Kurman, P.A. firm, assisting attorneys with mass tort and commercial litigation claims. She attended Shippensburg University and she received her Pa.C.P. from the Keystone Alliance of Paralegal Associations in 2012. Janice has 30 years of legal experience.

Janice currently serves as the Programs Committee chair for the Philadelphia Association of Paralegals.

Janice has significant experience in Mass Tort litigation, particularly asbestos defense litigation, serving as National Coordinating Counsel for a Fortune 200 Company. She also has experience in commercial litigation where she has prepared for and participated in mediations and prepared for trial. She is highly skilled at managing case tracking databases, organizing and maintaining large document cases and has also performed risk management assessment and local counsel bill review for various clients with litigation nationwide.


Lyndora Patterson Tiller—Board Consultant

Lyndora Patterson Tiller is a Senior Paralegal Specialist in the Litigation Practice Group at Independence Blue Cross, LLC, assisting attorneys in employment law, immigration, insurance and litigation matters. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Widener University, paralegal certificate from Main Line Paralegal Institute and has over 25 years of legal experience. Lyndora is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, an International English Honor Society and her name appears in the edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Ms. Patterson Tiller has been a member of The Philadelphia Association of Paralegals since 2001. She is also a Notary Public for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Patterson Tiller currently serves as Board Consultant on the  Board of Directors of The Philadelphia Association of Paralegals, as well as Chair of the Education Committee and Co-Chair of the Professional Development Committee. In addition, she sits on Delaware County Community College’s Paralegal Advisory Board.  

In previous years, Ms. Patterson Tiller was a member of PAP’s Litigation, Immigration, Medical Legal and Professional Development Committees. She also served as President, Secretary, and Assistant Secretary to the Board of Directors, co- chaired the Education Committee and is a Past President. In 2010, Lyndora was honored with a special award for her two terms of service as PAP’s President from 2008-2009 "in grateful appreciation for her outstanding, significant contributions as President of The Philadelphia Association of Paralegals. " She served as an ex-officio member of the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association from 2008-2009 and received an award for invaluable and dedicated service to the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Board of Governors. Ms. Patterson Tiller has been published in The Philadelphia Association of Paralegals’ newsletter, The Philadelphia Forum, and The Legal Intelligencer. She has also served as a panelist for paralegal events at Peirce College and Widener University.


Past Boards

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2009 - Renee Mazzeo, Valerie Dolan, Sharon DeNofa, Diana Cook, Christine Flynn, Theresa Coger, Lyndora Patterson Tiller

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