I was born in Nebraska and raised in Iowa where I learned the many midwestern values such as hard work, character, integrity, loyalty, honesty, and love for my country from my Dad was a farmer and a United States Marine. My Dad also taught me how to hunt, fish, shoot, and to never compromise my standards or principles.
Those standards and principles include my personal conviction that the United States Constitution and more importantly, the Bill of Rights, reign supreme and shall not be disregarded or violated. The only law higher is God’s law. This is what I stand for and what I will always fight for.
I moved to Colorado after obtaining my Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice because I decided I wanted to see the mountains. I worked driving a semi while attending college and eventually earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Metropolitan State College of Denver.
I worked as a police officer for several years until the day I found out I was pregnant with my first son. I was fortunate enough to be able to stay home during the week with my two children by driving a semi on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from DIA to Cheyenne, Wyoming twice each day. During that time period, I also obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the first-ever Program on Domestic Violence offered by the University of Colorado at Denver.
After my children were in school, I attended law school at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. While attending law school, I was President of the Criminal Law Association for two years. I was also President of Law Students for the Right to Life and Vice-President of Student Government. I also taught criminal justice classes at the community college level.
During my last year of law school, I worked as an intern at the City of Thornton prosecuting municipal ordinance cases. After graduation, I was offered a job at the 10th Judicial District (Pueblo) and moved my two boys to Penrose.
More recently, I worked as a Hearing Officer for the State of Colorado. As a Hearing Officer in a quasi-judicial role, I heard cases on restraint actions and rendered decisions based on the facts and evidence presented. I recently resigned that position to campaign for District Attorney for the 11th Judicial District.
From my background, it is clear that I have been involved in criminal law and criminal justice for my entire adult life. Being elected as your District Attorney isn’t a change of careers for me – it’s the next natural step.
I love going to court and I know I was put on this earth to be a prosecutor. But I also know the difference between bad people and good people that made a mistake. There’s a difference between consequences and punishment. I know the difference and I can be trusted to make the right decision.