I was born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1972. From there my family moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma, in 1974, and then to College Station, Texas, in 1984. In 1987, my family moved to Terre Haute, Indiana, where I graduated from Terre Haute North in 1990. I attended Earlham College in Richmond from 1990 to 1994, when I graduated with honors having double majored in English and French Literature. After graduation, I began work as a legal secretary for local attorney Jeffrey T. Arnold, and I began law school at Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis, in 1996, commuting for night school until graduating cum laude in 2000. I successfully passed the bar later that year and have been representing families and businesses in Wayne and surrounding counties ever since. I practiced for four years with Jeffrey T. Arnold and then for another six with Allen Wellman McNew. Since May 1, 2010, I have been pursuing my dream of running a solo law practice.
I consider myself a community advocate as well as a lawyer. I love the Richmond community and really want to see us thrive. Currently, I am on the board of directors of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra (and am past president), and I am on the board of the Richmond Community Orchestra (where I also play the flute and have also been president). I am also the secretary of the Wayne County Foundation and occasionally volunteer at Richmond Civic Theatre (look for me in the orchestra pit or backstage). An active alumna of Earlham College, I serve on its Community Partnership Council. Past board affiliations include Birth-to-Five (Treasurer), Richmond Gymnastics Training Center (President), and Richmond-Wayne County Chamber of Commerce.
The integrity of the legal community is very important to me. I take seriously my role in the community and the world as an attorney, and I therefore serve the profession to make it stronger. I volunteer with Mentor Match, an Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) program designed to elevate the competence, professionalism, and success of Indiana lawyers through positive mentoring relationships. Currently the Chair-Elect of the House of Delegates, I have also served as Treasurer, Counsel to the President, and area representative of the Board of Governors of the ISBA. I also serve on the Legal Ethics Committee (past chair), Member and Member Benefits Committee, Budget Committee, and am the chair of the Leadership Development Academy Committee. I am Wayne County’s delegate to the ISBA House of Delegates. I am also the Vice Chair of the Indiana Bar Foundation. As a member of the Indiana Supreme Court’s Committee on Character and Fitness, I interview lawyers in their quest to become licensed Indiana attorneys. In the past, I have served as President of the District 9 Pro Bono Commission.