Appointed July 23, 1993. Elected in 1994, 2000, 2006, and 2012.
Retired Dec. 31, 2017.
Appointed and assigned to serve statewide as Senior Judge from Jan. 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019.
Hamline University School of Law (J.D. 1979); College of St. Benedict (B.A. 1976).Employment Background:
Judge, Anoka County District Court (2001-2017), Sherburne County District Court (1993-2001); Lawyer, Barna, Guzy and Steffen, Ltd. (1983-1993), board of directors (1992-1993); Judicial Law Clerk (1981-1983); Attorney, Filla and Whisnant (1981).Bar Admissions:
Minnesota Supreme Court (1980); Federal District Court, District of Minnesota (1981).Professional and Community Activities:
Member, Statewide ENE (Early Neutral Evaluation) Steering Committee; Member, Anoka County ENE Pilot Program Steering Committee; Member, Statewide Steering Committee for ICMC/ENE (2008); Minnesota Judicial College, Co-Chair for Family Law for the Judiciary Curriculum Committee (1995-2005); Minnesota District Judges Association, Member (1993-present), Tenth Judicial District board member (2007-present; alternate 1999-2003), President (2004-2005); Minnesota Supreme Court Parental Cooperation Task Force, Chair (1998-2000); Minnesota Supreme Court Child Support Rules Committee (1998-2003); John E. Simonett American Inn of Court (1993-2003); Sherburne County Divorce Education Committee - "Parenting Apart" program development (1995-2001); Anoka County Bar Association (1983-present), President 1991-1992, Executive Board 1988-1993; Eighteenth District Bar Association (1993-present); Alexandra House Women's Shelter board of directors (1998-2001); Judicare of Anoka County board of directors (1983-1993); Chrysalis Legal Advice for Woman (L.A.W.) Clinic legal counselor (1986-1992); Federal Public Defender Conflict Panel (1986-1990); Minnesota State Bar Assocation (1980-present), Board of Governors (2003-2005), Women in Legal Profession Committee (1992-1993), Family Law and Civil Law Sections; National Assocation of Women Judges (1993-1994, 2000-present), Minnesota Women Lawyers (1986-2003), board of directors (1988); Chair, Anoka Bench (2002-2003); Red Mass Committee at College of St. Benedict (2002-present); frequent speaker and lecturer to schools and professional and community organizations.