I began working in the criminal justice system in 1987 as a deputy clerk in the Bradley County Circuit Court Clerk's office. I found criminal justice to be my calling and went back to college and law school to pursue criminal justice. I am a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and the Nashville School of Law. I served as an Assistant District Attorney General for 11 years in McMinn and Monroe counties. I also served as an Assistant Public Defender in Bradley and Polk counties. I was appointed by Governor Phil Bredesen to the Criminal Court Judge position in February 2006. I was elected by the voters after my appointment. I have been diligently serving the people as their Criminal Court Judge since August 2006.
I am a member of Wesley Memorial Methodist church where I have served and continue to serve in a variety of positions. God then family is my highest priority. I am a wife,mother, step-mother and grandmother. I am 50 years young. My husband, our son and I Iive on a farm in the 10th judicial district where I enjoy digging in the dirt, raising horses and watching our son and grandsons fish and hunt.
I am a member of the Tennessee Trial Judges Association, the Cleveland High School Criminal Justice Advisory Board and Sunrise Rotary Club. I actively participate in our 10th Judicial District Drug Court. I received the 2010 Recognition Award from the National Association of Women Judges. I served a term on the Judicial Evaluation Commission from 2010 - 2013. I volunteer my time in our elementary schools to speak about the Judicial Branch of Government and DARE graduation speaking. I have also enjoyed speaking to our High School criminal justice classes over the past 8 years.