Meet the staff of the Erie County Bar Association.
Sandra Brydon Smith
Sandra, an Erie native, has been serving as the Director of the Erie County Bar Association for over 30 years. She attended Arizona State University, University of Toronto and Edinboro University, graduating with a Bachelor’s in Russian Language and Area Studies (1979). Sandy has received numerous awards, certifications and acknowledgments throughout the many years of her service at ECBA including:
- President of the Conference of County Legal Journals (2009-2013)
- President of the Pennsylvania Association of Bar Executives (1998-1999)
- Leadership Erie Graduate, 2007
- Recipient of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Arthur J. Birdsall Award (2004)
- Recipient of a Pennsylvania Bar Association President’s Award under PBA President Lou Teti (2000)
- Local Bar representative to the Pennsylvania Bar Association Board of Governors (1998-1999)
- Pennsylvania Bar Association Conference of County Bar Leaders Executive Committee (1998-1999)
When not in the office or working on ECBA business, Sandy enjoys watching Independent and Foreign films (and almost all other movies), reading books recommended by good friends, drinking wine, traveling and visiting with her two grown children – often in some combination!
Paula J. Gregory
Paula, originally from Albion, Pennsylvania, earned her Bachelor of Arts in Paralegal Studies from Gannon University, 1993 and her Associate of Science in Accounting from Gannon University, 1993. She has been serving the Erie County Bar Association for 20 years. Her duties include all accounting responsibilities for the Association and Foundation. Paula also oversees the Lawyer Referral Service and the Publications of the ECBA. She is staff liaison to the Civil Litigation and Real Estate Sections of the ECBA and to the Young Lawyers Division; Co-coordinator for the Mock Trial Competition, Law Day Run Event and the ECBA Egg Hunt as well as assisting in the planning and preparation for all ECBA events. She is also a member of the Gannon University Advisory Board for the Legal Studies Program. Paula's primary outside interest is music. She is a professional vocalist in the Cathedral of St. Paul Choir in Erie, Pennsylvania. As a member of the Cathedral Choir, she has had the opportunity to travel abroad to sing in residence at Canterbury Cathedral as well as services at Chichester Cathedral and the American Cathedral in Paris and most recently, at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Paula is also a member of the Erie Renaissance Singers.
Heidi M. Weismiller
Heidi is from McKean, Pennsylvania. She has a Batchelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Heidi has been with the Erie County Bar Association since 2007 and is the Managing Editor of the Erie County Legal Journal. She is also Staff Liaison for the ECBA’s Criminal Law and Family Law Sections, Staff Liaison for the Attorneys and Kids Together Program (AKT) and the Co-Liaison for the Young Lawyers Division, the Law Day Run, Mock Trials and the ECBA Egg Hunt. When she isn't at the ECBA office, Heidi enjoys spending time with her family and friends, participating in outdoor sports, and rooting for the Steelers, Penguins and Pirates!
Nancy R. Theuerkauf
Nancy started with the Erie County Bar Association in January 2014 as the Administrative Assistant and CLE Liaison. She earned her Associates Degree in Specialized Business from Erie Business Center in May 1999 and has worked as a paralegal for the last fifteen years for several attorneys in Erie and Meadville. As the CLE Liaison, Nancy oversees the association’s many Continuing Legal Education programs and assists the public by providing referrals to local attorneys. Nancy handles much of the office’s scheduling, welcomes and assists ECBA members and the public, is responsible for a large variety of administrative assistant duties, and serves as staff liaison to the Bankruptcy Section, the Senior Lawyers Division, and the Naturalization Committee. When she isn’t in the office, Nancy enjoys spending time with her family and anything to do with the outdoors. She and her two dogs are frequent visitors to Presque Isle and are often joined by her daughter and her dog. Walking and talking with her neighbors and family and spending hours visiting outside with her friends occupy most of her additional free time.
Rebecca C. Grimaldi
Rebecca joined the Erie County Bar Association staff in 2013 as the Communications Coordinator. Raised in Erie in a large family, she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art History and Business from Penn State. She has enjoyed a career in museum administration and development on both the east and west coasts. Rebecca’s work with non-profits and education brought her back to Erie to the U.S. Brig Niagara and the Erie Maritime Museum and Penn State Behrend. As Communications Coordinator, her primary responsibilities include maintaining the ECBA website, updating and monitoring social media, writing the E-News for members, marketing for LRIS, coordinating media relationships, and serving with the Technology Committee and the Erie County Bar Foundation. Away from the office, Rebecca enjoys spending time with a large local family and her three kids which means a lot of time at many Fairview football and baseball events. She can be considered a bookworm, beach dweller and general optimist and a huge fan of anything Boston – including the Red Sox, Bruins, Patriots - as well as PSU Arts and Architecture and the Nittany Lions.