Vice President

Dee Beardsley, PP, PLS-Emeritus

Dee Beardsley joined NALS in February 1975 after one week on the job. She attended every meeting and seminar offered. Six months later she filled a vacancy as corresponding secretary. For the next 20 years, she held every chairmanship and office on the local and state level, which led to being elected to NALS board as the first Region 8 Director in 1997. From 2008-2009, Dee served as NALS President. Along the way, she obtained her PLS and PP certifications, and taught at the local, state, and national levels. After 47 years in the legal field as secretary, paralegal, office manager, and legal support supervisor in the HR Department at Latham & Watkins LLP, an international law firm, Dee retired. She transferred her membership to Douglas-Carson Legal Professionals and continues to serve NALS as DCLP’s Vice-President. Dee credits her career success to NALS. Through NALS she has travelled to nearly every state and made the friends of a life time.


Vicki Van Pelt

Vicki, now semi-retired, is a long-time member of NALS and DCLP. She held her last job, as the sole employee of a sole practitioner, Wayne S. Chimarusti, for over 22 years. Mr. Chimarusti has now retired, and Vicki dots her calendar with temp jobs. She is enjoying her freedom from the 9 to 5 drudge. Vicki encourages all legal support professionals to join NALS and become active in the local chapter.


engage | inspire | enhance | 

Engage legal professionals on their terms;

Inspire legal professionals to want more;

Enhance the careers of legal professionals;

Promote legal professionals and the legal support industry.



engage | inspire|enhance | promote

​Douglas-Carson Legal Professionals


Editor of the Tickler (DCLP Newsletter)

Maria Nelson, PLS

Maria has been in the legal field for over 40 years. Her mentor was Perry Mason and she wanted to be another Della Street. Maria attended Business College in Reno after graduating from Bishop Manogue high school. After Business College, she began working for a Reno law firm. In 1983 Maria moved with her husband and two sons to Carson City and began working for a local attorney. In 1993 Maria began working with Allison Joffee and has been with her ever since. Since 1983, Maria has belonged to the Douglas-Carson Legal Professionals holding several offices in the local and state chapters, and continues to be involved in this organization. In 1992, Maria obtained her PLS certification through NALS and continues educating herself in the legal field. She has attended the State Bar Family Law Seminar four times with Allison, has attended several legal-related seminars in Reno and continues to attend various meetings and seminars to further her legal education. Maria has been married to her high school sweet heart since 1976. She has two sons and one fabulous grandson.


Georgianne Harjes

Georgianne has lived in Nevada since 1983 and graduated from Douglas High School in Minden, NV, in 1987. She started her office career in 2004 as an Administrative Assistant/Legal Secretary for a small one-attorney office for Chris Van Dyck, Esq., in Carson City, NV. Chris was offered a judgeship and Shook & Stone bought his law practice. Georgianne then worked for Shook and Stone as a legal secretary/case manager for two years before leaving there and starting work with Heritage Law Group, P.C., in November of 2014.

In December of 2017, Georgianne completed her certificate at UNR for Paralegal Studies and is the Estate Planning Paralegal for her law office.

Georgianne continues to work for Heritage Law Group, P.C., Cassandra G. Jones, Esq. and most recently, Danielle L. Christenson, Esq. 

Georgianne has four children, twin girls and two sons, all grown.  Georgianne is also the proud Grandma of her first grandchild, a baby boy, born June 8, 2018.


Mary Baldecchi, PP, PLS, CLA

Mary Baldecchi has been a member of NALS for more than 30 years. She is a charter member of DCLP, and she has held most of the offices on the state and local levels. She worked for George M. Keele, Esq., of Minden as a legal assistant over 20 years, and is employed currently with the Heritage Law Group in Minden. 

Public Information Officer

Darci Hayden, PP-SC

Darci has been a member of NALS since 2010, a NALS-certified Professional Paralegal since 2011 and recently obtained a Specialty Certificate in Administrative Law. She has been employed since 2004 with the State of Nevada and is currently with the Nevada Commission on Ethics as the Senior Legal Researcher. Darci obtained her Associate of Applied Science Degree in Paralegal Studies from Western Nevada College in 2009 and, in her spare time, happily maintains DCLP's Facebook page and website and enjoys reaching out to the public to share the awesome benefits DCLP and NALS has to offer. Darci has lived in Washoe Valley Nevada with her husband since 1998.

 2018 DCLp officers: 

Mary,  Dee, Georgianne and vicki


We are a non-profit affiliation of NALS...the Association for Legal Professionals, better known as NALS. Our members share NALS' mission and goals and strive to "engage, inspire, enhance and promote" the legal professionals in our area of Northern Nevada. NALS is a tri-level organization and when you are a member of one level you are a member of all three; national, state and local.

The Douglas Carson Legal Secretaries Association was chartered in 1985 with 10 members and has evolved to what we have today, the Douglas-Carson Legal Professionals currently at 16 members. The name change is due to the change at the national level to include all legal support professionals. Nevada totals 52 members.

We meet once a month for lunch at Reds Old 395 Grill in Carson City, Nevada.  We also hold workshops and host state events in rotation with our sister chapters, NALS of Washoe County and NALS of Las Vegas.  Our State chapter NALS of Nevada sponsors our two state meetings and an annual Legal Survivor Course, all geared towards offering continued legal education to assist our members with maintaining certification.  Our events also provide general professional development training and networking opportunities.