I began my career as a social worker in 1994, shortly after graduating from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology.  As a social worker, I briefly worked with chronically mentally ill adults in the group home setting, ran a low-income grant housing program, but mostly, was a child abuse investigator.  I attended the University of Oregon, School of Law, where I graduated in 2002 in the top third of my class.  Following law school, I relocated to Reno, Nevada, where I began my career as a Judicial Clerk in the Family Court and continued working with children and families. After leaving Reno, I worked both as a contract attorney, and also resolved special education complaints for the state of Washington before hanging out my own shingle.  All told, I have over twenty years of combined experience in helping families through their difficult times. 

I am also a mom to two biological and three bonus kids; a wife, a divorcee and a widow; a loving and loyal daughter, sister, niece and friend. I have survived the loss of a spouse and a parent and despite being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis over a decade ago, I have never let it get the best of me.  I am also very sarcastic.