QUALIFICATIONS & CIVIC INVOLVEMENT

Qualifications

  • Judge, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, January 2007- January 2013, February 2013-Present;
  • Judge, Cleveland Municipal Court Judge January 2005-December 2006;
  • Presiding Judge, Recovery Court, Court of Common Pleas, January 2015-Present;
  • Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities Docket, Court of Common Pleas, 2009-2014;
  • Cleveland State University, Bachelor of Arts, 1983;
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Juris Doctor, 1988;
  • 26 years as a Licensed Attorney, admitted 1989;
  • Former Social Worker, Cuyahoga County Jail;

Professional Involvement

  • ADAMHS Board, Mental Health Response Advisory Executive Committee, 2015-Present;
  • American Inns of Court Board of Trustees, Elected Sixth Circuit Trustee, 2012-2016;
  • Cleveland Marshall College of Law Alumni Association, Board of Trustees, 2010-Present;
  • Cleveland Marshall College of Law Visiting Committee, Former Member;
  • Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Guest Lecturer;
  • Case Western Reserve School of Law School, Guest Lecturer;
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Board of Trustees, 2012-2015;
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation Fellow, 2011-Present;
  • Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Probation Committee, 2010-Present;
  • Eighth District of Ohio Judicial Conference, Executive Committee, 2009, 2010;
  • Expungement Education Forums, Community Forums, Instructed Expungement CLEs, 2005-Present;
  • Fugitive Safe Surrender, Steering Committee, Social Services Subcommittee Chair, 2010;
  • Judge Nancy R. McDonnel Community Based Correctional Facility, Judicial Advisory Board, 2011-Present;
  • Juvenile Fugitive Safe Surrender, Steering Committee, 2014;
  • Lawyers Helping Women in Crisis, Steering Committee, 2015-Present;
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Judicial Advisory Council, 2010-2013;
  • Pro Bono initiatives (partners: CMBA, Legal Aid);
  • Supreme Court of Ohio, Commission on Continuing Legal Education, 2012-present;
  • U.S. Attorney's Opiate/Heroin Task Force, 2014-Present;
  • William K. Thomas Inn of Court, President, 2011-2012, Member, 2009-Present;

Civic Involvement

  • AIDS task Force of Greater Cleveland, Board Member (2005-2012);
  • Bryant & Stratton College, 2014 Commencement Keynote Speaker;
  • Collaborative for a Safe, Just and Fair Cleveland;
  • Community Re-Entry, Volunteer;
  • Hosted numerous interns, externs, law students, mock trials, shadow students, senior project students, high school classes throughout Cuyahoga County and Ohio Supreme Court mentees;
  • Leadership Cleveland, Class of 2007;
  • Northeast Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Board Member, 2005-present:
  • Ohio Supreme Court Mentoring Program, 2014, 2016;
  • Transitional Housing, Volunteer;
  • Teamsters Annual Conference Speaker;
  • U.S. Attorney's Project Safe Neighborhood/S.T.A.N.C.E, Member;
  • Violence Against Women Coalition;
  • Women's Pre-Release Center, Volunteer;
  • Women's Re-Entry Resource Network, Volunteer;
 
HONORS AND AWARDS
  • ADAMHS Community Partner Collaboration Award, 2013;
  • American Nationalities Movement, Judicial Achievement Award, 2008;
  • Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Outstanding Alumna of the Year, 2009;
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Outstanding Service as Trustee Award, 2015;
  • Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Eagle Award, 2015;
  • FMA Health Education Health Fair Community Service Award, 2014;
  • Gloria Pointer Foundation; Certificate of Recognition, 2013;
  • Judge Alvin "Buddy" Krenzler Legal Service Award, 2011;
  • Mayfield High School, Hall of Fame, 2010;
  • Miracle Resources Success Society, Honoree, 2011;
  • The Legal Aid Society Volunteer Lawyers Program Exceptional Service Award, 2013;
  • Tremont Public Service Award, 2013;
  • Violence Against Women Coalition; Certificate of Recognition, 2013.