Greetings! It can be daunting to set out on your own, to launch a business and elbow-grease your way through those first few years. I know – I’ve been there. I’ve been a lot of places in my life – I grew up overseas, I served in the US Navy for 10 years, and I have run a bakery on my family’s farm in Independence. Before I went to law school at Willamette University College of Law, I had already tasted the pain and joy of entrepreneurship. While in law school, I had the unique opportunity to advise and work with small business owners as they began their journey and followed their passion. After I graduated from law school, I was blessed to work at one of the best business law firms in Oregon as an employment and litigation attorney. I now consider myself incredibly fortunate to help my own community, serving employers in the Mid-Willamette Valley.
I am a frequent speaker on employment law matters to small-medium sized businesses and I enjoy giving trainings as well. When I am not writing handbooks and policies, I represent survivors of domestic violence in Polk County on a pro bono basis, and I also serve as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in the foster care system. Here are some other facts about me:
- Member of the Oregon State Bar
- Admitted to practice at the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
- Willamette University College of Law, Clinical Law Program, supervising attorney
- Willamette University College of Law, attorney mentor
- Oregon Ag Fest, board member
- Polk County Clay Target League, Secretary
- Scout Troop 38, steering committee member
- Oregon Ag Link, member
- Oregon Women for Agriculture, member
- Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce, member
- SEDCOR, member
I have three amazing children, a fantastic husband, and a million animals.