2017 Officers

NALS of Amarillo 2017 Officers

Elka Murphy – President
Elka began her career in the legal field in January 2007 working as an intern for Wood Law Firm.  Eventually, she went to work for American General as a corporate paralegal. After several years working for the “big insurance company” she realized the corporate world was not satisfying. Missing all the action that comes with litigation, Elka returned to the law firm environment working for Hoffman Sheffield, Sauseda, & Hoffman, PLLC. Elka obtained her Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies from Amarillo College in 2007.  She then obtained a Bachelors of Applied Arts and Science from WTAMU.  Elka joined NALS as a student member and has been a member for over 10 years, serving as Past Secretary and Past Vice-President. Elka finds joy in helping others achieve their maximum potential. She is an active member at her home church and is a mother to an amazing 8 year old daughter. Elka’s motto in life is “outward pressure is always an opportunity to be inwardly transformed. – Lisa Bevere.”

Ione Mixon– Vice-President & Membership Chair


Kerraline Frerich – Secretary
I have been a member of NALS since 2016. I am currently employed as a legal assistant at Burdett, Morgan, Williamson & Boykin, LLP. I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from West Texas A&M. I am married to Colby Frerich. I enjoy spending time with my friends, family, and church community.

Vinus Bustos – Treasurer
My name is Vinus Bustos, I have three wonderful children Christopher (12), Elijah (11), and Myla (9). I graduated from Amarillo College in 2012. I am currently at WT working on my bachelors.  I work for Legal Aid NorthWest Texas as a Foreclosure Prevention paralegal. March 28, 2017 will be my one year anniversary. I absolutely love my job, helping the less fortunate. I love spending family time with my kids, working in the yard, and working out.

Cynthia J. Huffman – Director
Cynthia J. Huffman, PP, PLS is serving NALS of Amarillo as Director for 2017-2018.  Cynthia has worked in the legal field for over 30 years as a legal secretary and paralegal, and has been an active member of the tri-level association for many years.  On the local level, Cynthia has held every office (some more than once!) for NALS of Amarillo.  On the state level, Cynthia has served the Texas Association of Legal Professionals as Meetings Coordinator and worked with the Texas Institute for Specialty Certification; she is currently serving as Credentials Chair for Texas ALP.  On the national level, as a Certified Professional Paralegal and Certified Professional Legal Secretary, Cynthia has also assisted NALS . . . the association for legal professionals for many years by serving as a proctor for certification exams.

Beth Langwell, Past-President
My name is Beth Langwell and I have been a member of NALS since October 2010.  I have served on the NALS of Amarillo board as Treasurer for 2 terms prior to serving as President in 2015-2016.  I have been working at Sprouse Shrader Smith PLLC for 13 years, both as a civil litigation paralegal and a legal secretary.  Prior to finding a home at Sprouse, I worked for multiple private attorney offices for 4 years.  I have been married for 21 amazing years and have three awesome boys.  I enjoy cooking, Texas Ranger baseball, camping and family time.


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