Ronald W. Nelson, PA – Paralegals

Betsy Nelson

American Institute, Phoenix, Arizona (Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree, 1990).

Betsy Nelson has worked at Ronald W. Nelson, PA since its inception in 2008 as a paralegal and office manager.  Before joining the firm, Betsy worked for two other law firms as a paralegal. She has been involved in many seminars, both as participant and as speaker, on issues involving special education and special needs families and children, as well as on the role of education advocates and paralegals in special education law.  Betsy has been involved with the defense of children and teens in juvenile justice cases and coordinated with doctors, families, therapists, and the legal team to mold legal consequences into an effective wrap-around treatment plan.  She has also been employed as a case coordinator subcontracted through Social and Rehabilitation Services and Vocational Rehabilitation to provide assistance to individuals with disabilities requesting help through the state of Kansas.  Additionally, she had a ‘previous life’ as a financial analyst in commercial lending for corporations in the Pacific Northwest.

Betsy has served on several not-for-profit Boards of Directors, including the Autism Society of America–Heartland Chapter and the Kansas Paralegal Association. She participated on focus groups with emerging new organizations geared to work with treatment teams (such as the Lifespan Institute of the University of Kansas).  She served as a partner in an integrated, inter-agency, grant-funded organization created to write protocols for the state of Kansas on dealing with identifying, educating, intervening, treating and recovering from the juvenile justice system for children experiencing a mental health disorder.  She is the mother of two boys with dual-diagnoses (developmental disabilities and mental health disorders).


Tina Shipman


Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, Illinois (Associates Science Degree, 1984)

Tina Shipman joined the firm in June 2014. Before joining the firm, Tina worked as a paralegal for a law firm specializing in Social Security Disability law. Before becoming a paralegal, Tina was a sales consultant, executive assistant, and flight attendant. As a flight attendant, Tina flew internationally becoming fluent in German. Away from work, Tina enjoys traveling with family, running, and cheering on the KC Royals! Tina is involved in community volunteering. Some of her past projects include: Habitat for Humanity, Gillis Center, Joplin Tornado Relief, Urban Garden Guys and Hope Faith Ministries. Tina is also an officer on the board of directors of the theatre parents group at her daughter’s high school.