Office: Columbiana County Municipal Court
Residence: Minerva, OH
Occupation: Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Education: JD from the University of Akron, 2001; Masters Degree in Public Administration; Masters Degree in Urban Studies; Masters Degree in Elementary Education
Work Experience: Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the past 16 years; Appellate Judicial Attorney 2001-2002
Family: Married with three step children, four step grandchildren, and three dogs.
Affiliations: Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association member; National District Attorneys Association member; Columbiana County Bar Association member; FOPA, Akron Bar Association member; Law Library Resources Board member, ATHENA, Women’s Network, Women’s Impact Inc., Stark County NAACP, Member of the Summit County Collaborative Against Human Trafficking
Endorsements: State Representative Tavia Galonksi, Hall of Fame Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO,and Columbiana, Mahoning & Trumbull Counties United Auto Workers-Commuity Action Program Council
(1) List your judicial experience (courts and years):
Judicial Attorney for Judge Robert Nader, 11th District Court of Appeals 2001-2002
(2) What about your non-judicial legal experience qualifies you to be a judge?
I have the commitment, compassion, and experience necessary to serve the court with integrity and fairness to all. Over the last sixteen years as a prosecuting attorney, I have handled cases involving misdemeanor and felony charges. I have prosecuted cases involving child support enforcement, administrative matters, and civil issues. In addition, have prosecuted delinquency cases as well as dependency, neglect and abuse cases at juvenile court. I have experience with specialty courts, including: mental health court, drug court, and domestic violence court. I am an active member of a collaborative against human trafficking and advisory board member of a municipal court’s human trafficking court. I have argued appeals in the 7th, 8th,and 9th District Court of Appeals as well as the Ohio Supreme Court. I am admitted to the Northern District Court of Ohio and the Supreme Court of the Unites States of America, where I recently filed a brief in opposition to petition for writ of certiorari in a death penalty case. In addition to my juris doctorate degree, I have three masters degrees from the University of Akron. I taught undergraduate, law-related courses at the University of Akron for fifteen years and currently teach at the Police Academy. In addition, I have presented a variety of continuing legal education presentations on a variety of topics ranging from child support, driving under the influence, and advanced appellate practice. I have excellent communication skills and am dedicated to helping people. I treat people with fairness and respect. My education, experience, and work ethic qualify me for the position of municipal court judge.
(3) Why are you running for this particular court seat?
I am running for judge because I am qualified for the position and I want to make a difference in our community. As a prosecuting attorney, I have experience in handling a wide-variety of criminal, juvenile, civil, and appellate matters. I am committed to the members of our community and I will serve our courts with integrity and fairness for all.