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Our Instructors

NNA Seminar Instructors

Our NNA Seminar Instructors are commission Notaries that have been rigorously trained and tested in notarial laws and best practices.

Alan Matias

Alan Matias
was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He graduated from Leeward College. He has been a NNA Certified Instructor since 2001 and a Notary Public. He has taught Electronic Notarization including ENJOA, New Law Review, Notary Signing Agent workshops, State Required Notary Training and webinar's for California plus 13 other states. He was part of the curriculum content team for the California Mandatory Live Training Course. Currently he is also works as a consultant on the NNA Hotline Team and a licensed Live Scan agent.

Amity DeJong

Amity DeJong
Amity DeJong has been a seminar instructor for the National Notary Association since 2013. In that year, she has trained over 1,000 Notaries in California and has an exam passing rate average of 94%. Amity’s passion for helping people achieve goals has been the driving force of her 20 year teaching career. She brings her experience of educating all aged learners to her notary seminars. As an independent contractor for Herff Jones, Amity trained teachers and facilitated workshops around the state of California. Currently, Amity is also expanding her training skills to include coaching triathletes who fundraise for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Education from James Madison University in 1994.

Beth Page

Beth Page
Beth Page joined the NNA as a Seminar Instructor in January 2012. She is a graduate of Fresno Pacific University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Organizational Development, a Master’s degree in Organizational Studies, and a credential in education. When not teaching live training seminars throughout California, Beth also works as a consultant for the NNA Hotline team to support notaries nationwide.

Donna Taggart

Donna Taggart
A Seminar Instructor for the National Notary Association, Donna has a strong background in education. She received her teaching credentials from California State University, Fullerton and led the Secondary Teacher Credential Program as Clinical Faculty at the University of California, Irvine for five years prior to coming to the NNA as a Seminar Instructor. She has been with the NNA for over four years during which time she has trained over 4,000 prospective California Notaries. Currently certified to conduct Notary seminars in California, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Montana, Donna acquired her first Notary commission in 1989.

Kathleen Taylor

Kathleen Taylor
Kathleen is a certified NNA Seminar Instructor who has facilitated Notary training for over 2,000 Notaries since 2010. She currently presents live seminars and webinars in California and Arizona. Previously, Kathleen worked as a principal for schools in the San Diego Diocese and provided in-service instruction to teachers for Pearson Education. She has completed Notary signing agent training with the NNA.. Taylor also played a major role in the development of curriculum for the NNA California Mandatory Training course, presented annually to 30,000 Notaries statewide. Taylor holds a B.A. degree and a Master’s in Educational Administration from San Diego State University.

Laura Biewer

Laura Biewer
Laura is a Seminar Instructor for the National Notary Association where she is certified to train Notaries in California and Arizona. In this role, Laura has facilitated Notary education training for over 5,000 Notaries since 2009. Owner of At Your Service Mobile Notary since 2004, she has been a Certified Notary Signing Agent since 2006, and was a NNA Notary of the Year special honoree in 2009. She frequently is a featured guest speaker on the Notary’s roles and responsibilities at many events, including a state paralegal conference and in-service training to hospice staff. Biewer holds a B.A. from the University of Redlands.

Nicola Jackson

Nicola Jackson
Nicola Jackson is a Certified Seminar Instructor for the National Notary Association. She has taught Notary Law seminars for the NNA in 16 states since 2005. She has been a Notary Public in California for 10 years and has assisted as a Notary signing agent mentor for five years. Jackson was also instrumental in the development of curriculum for the California Mandatory Training course, presented annually to over 30,000 Notaries statewide. Jackson holds a B.A. degree in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara.

Pat Clark

Pat Clark
In 2010, Pat became member of the NNA seminar instructional team. During this time, Pat has trained over 2,000 notaries statewide on California notary laws and best practices. She retired from United Airlines after a 35 year career as a flight attendant, trainer and instructor. During that time Pat was also taught Travel and Tourism classes at Mesa College in San Diego. After retiring from the airline industry, she became actively involved with TIP (Trauma Intervention Program) as a volunteer and dispatcher and joined Community Action Partnership as a mediator in county courts. Pat holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Redlands in Business Administration and is also certified in conflict resolution, mediation and negotiation as well as vocational instruction.

Sonia Motlagh

Sonia Motlagh
Sonia Motlagh spent 13 years working as a US Government Contractor with the Department of State and Department of Defense in several locations on the East Coast before relocating to sunny California. She spent the last eight years working on training programs for Department of Defense supporting training scenarios with an emphasis on communication skills and conflict resolution skills. She is an MBTI (Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator) Certified instructor and has a degree in Theater from Bethany College. Sonia has been a certified NNA Seminar Instructor since January, 2014.

Stacey Johnson

Stacey Johnson
Stacey Johnson began her career as a notary and trainer while working on the Fox Studio lot in the Legal Affairs Department. She holds a degree in Communications from the University of Southern California and her corporate experience includes employee training and development, executive coaching, management consulting, process improvement and organizational development. A life-long learner, Stacey recently achieved the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance Certification (CPLP) and is also MBTI certified (Myers Briggs Type Indicator). Stacey believes learning should be fun and likes to engage students by using an interactive training style in the seminars. In her spare time, she likes to travel and so far has visited 14 countries . . . and counting. Stacey has been a certified NNA Seminar Instructor since December, 2012.

Stephen Schnell

Stephen Schnell
Stephen Schnell has been a seminar instructor for the National Notary Association for 4 years and has been a notary for 5 years. His background includes over 15 years teaching in California public schools, 2 years as a teacher in Kenya as a Peace Corps volunteer, and 2 years as a corporate trainer. He also has over 7 years’ experience as a career counselor at the university level. Stephen finds that tapping into his sense of humor and passion for teaching has helped him train over 5,000 notaries since 2011.

Susi Sivkov

Susi Sivkov
Susi began her career with the NNA as a Seminar Instructor in 2004. This training opportunity took her north to Alaska, south to Florida, and to 17 other states in between to facilitate live trainings on new laws, notary best practices, and loan signing agent courses. Susi has also provided support for NNA’s Notary Hotline, website presentations, and curriculum development. In 2006, Susi relocated for a year to Pennsylvania to provide NNA support in Pennsylvania’s Electronic Notarization Initiatives where she had the opportunity to assist in coordinating the execution of the first fully electronic property sale there. Susi continues to facilitate over 125 seminars each year for the NNA and taught well over 10,000 notaries in her career. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education in 1995 from Kentucky Christian University and received an additional certificate in Early Childhood Education.