Cindy Wooten, ACP, is a military veteran and member of the Samish Indian Nation. She has an Associate of Arts degree from the University of Maryland and is currently working toward her bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies. Cindy is an Advanced Certified Paralegal obtaining her certifications through the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). Her career has taken her from Washington D.C., where her military career ended and paralegal career began, to Texas, where she specialized in bankruptcy and litigation, and taught continuing legal education night courses (for the CP exam) at Midwestern State University. After a brief hiatus to McClellan AFB, California, she went back to Texas for a short period of time. She then moved to Ohio where she worked at a mid-size law firm as its bankruptcy paralegal and assisted the energy, labor & employment, healthcare, and litigation groups. Changing gears for a short time, Cindy assisted military veterans at the Veterans Service Office in Morrow County, Ohio. Then, getting back into the legal arena, Cindy went in-house and began working in the healthcare sector for a major medical device and pharmaceutical distributor. Cindy also worked as an assistant to a prosecuting attorney in Columbus, Ohio. After a tragic loss in 2018, Cindy moved to South Dakota and began working as a paralegal for Midcontinent Communications (“Midco”). Cindy’s focus at Midco is contracts but she also assists with FCC filings, litigation, and corporate matters. She served as SDPA's NALA Liaison for 2021-2022 and now also has the pleasure of serving as 2nd Vice President for 2022-2023.