I am currently running for judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Butler County and would love to tell you more about why I am the perfect candidate for this position:
I hope to begin my judicial career where my legal career began in Pennsylvania, with the Butler County Court of Common Pleas. I first served as a judicial law clerk with the Honorable Kelley T.D. Streib, where I observed the inner-workings of the Butler County family and juvenile court systems. During my clerkship, I shaped my sense of balancing competing interests and decision-making through listening to litigants, researching the law, and applying applicable law to the cases brought before the Court.
Following my clerkship, I began working with a small firm in Valencia, Middlesex Township, where I expanded the firm from its real property and estate practice to include a family and juvenile practice. I purchased the firm in 2017 and have continued to own and operate it as a small practice, focusing primarily on family and juvenile matters. I currently serves as a parent advocate in many cases involving Children and Youth Services, and I am actively involved in the Family Engagement Initiative, a statewide initiative working toward the betterment of the child welfare system in Pennsylvania. My passion continues to be helping those who do not have the means or capabilities to help themselves.
I grew up in a small, rural town in Washington County where my parents instilled in me a strong work ethic. Upon graduating from high school in 2005, I moved to Columbus, Ohio to attend The Ohio State University. I graduated from Ohio State with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Studio Art. I then attended Capital University Law School, also in Columbus, Ohio, where I worked multiple jobs, many simultaneously, and held several internships, including a position with the National Adoption Center, now known as the Family and Youth Law Center. Upon graduating law school, I took and passed the Ohio Bar and was licensed in Ohio in November 2013. Shortly thereafter I was offered a position with the Honorable Kelley T.D. Streib. I passed the Pennsylvania Bar in February 2014 and have continued my practice here ever since.
In addition to my law practice, I am heavily involved in the Butler County community, serving as secretary of the Board of Directors of the Penn Theater Performance Company and Butler County Associated Artists (Art Center), and serves as solicitor, pro bono, for the Butler County Humane Society. I serve as a council member of the Butler County Drug and Alcohol Council, and have served as president of the Young Lawyers’ Division of the Butler County Bar Association. I am a member of the Butler A.M. Rotary, and the co-chair of the Wills for Heroes program held each year at the Butler County Community College.
I plan to continue my community involvement and hope to be able to positively serve the community as the next elected judge, following the example of judicial professionalism set by Judge Marilyn J. Horan. I believe her judicial temperament and commitment to community made Judge Horan an extraordinary member of the bench in Butler County. She is an exemplary model of what a judge should be and I would strive to follow her example.
I pledge to ensure that the residents of Butler County are served in an efficient and compassionate manner, upholding the Constitutions of the United States and the Commonwealth, while treating every individual with fairness and respect.
Becoming a judge has always been my aspiration. I have discussed this goal since the beginning of my career, and after thoughtful consideration, I have decided to pursue this opportunity to serve where I began my law career, here in Butler County.
I currently reside in Mars with my dog Spot and cat Josie, and I proudly call Butler County my home.