I have had the pleasure of serving as a deputy prosecutor in San Juan County since 2011. During that time, I have defended San Juan County in civil cases in San Juan, Whatcom, Island and Skagit County superior courts as well as before administrative boards such as the Growth Management Hearings Board and the Shoreline Hearings Board. I have argued at the Court of Appeals and have successfully defended the county before the Washington State Supreme Court.
In addition to civil litigation, I have experience handling criminal misdemeanor and felony cases. I also provide legal advice to county departments and elected officials. I have been fortunate to develop relationships with my fellow county workers while always striving to provide thorough, accurate and unbiased legal advice. I have worked closely with elected officials and county staff to implement county-wide trainings on topics such as the Public Records Act and the Open Public Meetings Act.
In my role as deputy coroner I attend death scenes and interact with the decedent’s family. Losing a loved one is a deeply difficult experience. I endeavor to bring sensitivity, kindness and empathy to every situation.
I have loved working as a deputy prosecuting attorney in San Juan County and look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve my community in the role of Prosecuting Attorney.
I grew up in the small town of Ephrata, Washington. Even as a young child I knew I wanted to practice law, often playing lawyer and “drafting” legal documents for my family. I attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington where I earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree, majoring in German business and economics. After college I moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota to attend the University of Minnesota Law School. Following law school, I clerked for the Honorable Mark Buyske of the Montana Ninth Judicial District Court. I returned to Eastern Washington as an associate for the Wenatchee law firm of Johnson, Gaugkroger, Drewlow and Woollett. I practiced in Wenatchee for five years before applying for and accepting my dream job as a civil deputy prosecutor for San Juan County.
When not working, I enjoy cooking, spinning fiber from my angora rabbits, knitting, gardening, and exploring the many great beaches and hikes our county has to offer. I’m a huge animal lover. My husband Nate and I spend many hours caring for and spending time with our animal family members, consisting of 3 delightful dogs, 4 finicky rabbits and 1 demanding cat. When the weather gets chilly, I can often be found cozied up inside with a nice cup of tea.
I serve as a board member for the Whale Museum, secretary on the board for the San Juan County Textile Guild and am a Washington State University Master Gardener volunteer.
I am grateful to Nate, our parents and siblings and my two step-kids, Brittany and Josh, for all their support and encouragement.