“I grew up outside of Conway Springs, surrounded by pastures, fields, and farms. That and siblings. The oldest of nine children, I liked to think I ran the show. In hindsight, that was probably not always true. I am confident that the majority, if not all, of my my siblings would tell you I was bossy. My parents might as well. I'll try to tell you that I was refining my leadership skills. You can pick who you believe.
Growing up, I started working early. I was twelve when I started babysitting children other than my brothers and sisters. By fourteen, I was working at the restaurant in town. I worked odd jobs too. Driving the wheat truck in the summer, helping with plowing and planting. My favorite "job" was the weekly trip into grandma's to clean. My time with her led to cherished memories and her recipe for cream pies.
When I wasn't working, I was taking fiddle lessons, playing softball, participating in Scholar's Bowl and studying for school. I graduated valedictorian in 2003 before heading off to K-State. There, I majored with honors in French and Philosophy. Let's just say, I knew I was going to law school.
I received my law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law. While at KU, I completed an externship at the Missouri Public Defender's Office in Nevada, Missouri. The next year, I participated in the prosecution clinic and worked at the Wyandotte County District Attorney's Office. Upon graduation, I took both the Missouri and Kansas bar exams and started my first job at the Leavenworth County Attorney's Office. I began working with juvenile offenders and prosecuting drug cases before transitioning to the Child in Need of Care (CINC) docket. While handling the CINC docket I handled cases of abuse and neglect involving children.
In August of 2017, I transitioned from an Assistant County Attorney to the Deputy County Attorney, becoming the first female Deputy in Leavenworth County. With that came another change in dockets. I now primarily prosecute person felonies (the more violent felonies which are committed against people as opposed to property), burglaries and drug cases. The following month, in September 2017, I was elected the President of the Leavenworth Bar Association, a position which I currently hold.
I love what I do. It's crazy busy sometimes, but I get to go to bed feeling like I make a difference. Last Wednesday,
I negotiated a plea which will put a man who sexually abused a ten-year-old away for many years. Tomorrow, I start a jury trial in a case where there are allegations of drug distribution. The best part, though, is the people with whom I work. I am beyond grateful to work in an environment where people not only care about what's going on in the world around them, but also try to make the world a better place.”