Served as a Judge in Domestic Relations Court since 2009.
30 years judicial experience as a judge and magistrate in Domestic Relations Court.
Given the Judicial Service Award by the Ohio Association of Magistrates (2009).
Worked with community partners to obtain Violence Against Women funding to improve services for victims of violence.
Worked with the Supreme Court of Ohio to provide Mediation training for Domestic Relations Court employees.
Helped improve services for attorneys and litigants by establishing the Court Information Center and providing a user-friendly court website.
Initiated Brown Bag lunches with attorneys to share new information and procedures.
Assisted in planning and providing education for Guardians ad Litem.
Helped draft language for legislation and rules.
Worked with community partners in support of a visitation center and a child advocacy center.
Professional action on behalf of families:
President of the Ohio Association of Domestic Relations Judges.
Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Supreme Court Judicial College.
Member of the Board of Trustees for the Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College (2005 – 2009 and 2013 – present).
Member of Supreme Court of Ohio Case Management Committee (2013 to present).
Member of Supreme Court of Ohio Rules of Superintendence Committee (2016 to present).
Member of the Supreme Court of Ohio Task Force on Access to Justice (2014).
Co-Chair of the Domestic Relations Practice and Procedure Committee for the Ohio Judicial Conference.
Trustee and co-founder of the Center for Principled Family Advocacy, a non-profit corporation promoting and providing education on approaches to resolving family law problems without litigation (www.Famad.com).
Member of the Supreme Court of Ohio Committee on Children, Families and the Courts (2002 – 2008).
Member of the Ohio Child Support Council (1998 – 2000).
Chair of the Ohio Supreme Court Domestic Relations Summit Planning Committee 2014.
Past Chair of the Domestic Relations Practice Committee for the Ohio Association of Magistrates (1996 – 1999).
Past member of the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Association of Magistrates.
J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 1984.
21 years as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
Author of Child Support chapter in Sowald and Morganstern, Domestic Relations Law.
Fellow, ASTAR (Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource).
Education Service Award by the Ohio Association of Magistrates (2002).
Institute for Faculty Excellence in Judicial Education, University of Memphis (2000 and 2007).
Mediation and Collaborative Law Training.
Planner and presenter for the Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College.
Presenter for Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC).
Presenter for Cleveland Metropolitan Bar, Parma Bar and Ohio State Bar Associations.
Presenter for International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP).