I am a wife, mother, and former judge, who has lived and worked in Charlotte for almost 30 years. I have dedicated my life and work to the community by being accessible, accountable and action-oriented. I am the mother of the three daughters who have attended Charlotte Mecklenburg schools and grown with the community.
I am a native of Fayetteville, who learned the value of hard work and determination from my mother, which has been a guide throughout my life. I am the youngest of three daughters raised by a single mother. My mother was a bartender who worked hard, had a high school education but was still one of the most literate and self-educated people that I knew. My mother taught me that my circumstances did not define me. She stressed the importance of education and insured that all 3 of her children graduated from college. I was the first generation to receive a doctoral degree having graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1988 and 1991 with a Bachelor of science degree in criminal justice and political science and a juris doctorate.
I began my legal career as an assistant public defender representing citizens from across Mecklenburg County. I later became an assistant district attorney protecting the rights of those victimized by crime. In 2000, I entered private practice and had the opportunity to practice for over 14 years as a criminal defense attorney in both State and Federal court. All of these experiences coupled with my desire to continue to serve the citizens of Mecklenburg County inspired me to become a District Court Judge.
Being elected as a District Court Judge in 2014 was a culmination of my legal career, which has spanned over 26 years. During the last 3 years, I have had the privilege to serve the citizens of Mecklenburg County in virtually all of the district court rooms with the exception of juvenile court.
My experience in family court, criminal court, child support and civil court has been invaluable and has afforded me the opportunity to learn every aspects of the court system. As a treatment court judge, I currently preside over Wellness court and Recovery court, and have been at the forefront of the effort to aid those with mental illness and addiction who enter our court system.
For returning citizens, I have assisted in expunging criminal convictions, which enables them to reengage into society and become productive citizens. I have also taken great pleasure in mentoring young people in our community who are struggling academically because of issues with truancy. My time with Truancy court developing relationships with children and families who need intervention and assistance have been extremely rewarding.
I view it as an honor and privilege to serve this community and look forward to continuing to serve as your district court judge.
My husband of 29 years and I have invested in this community and raised our children here, because they believe in it’s potential. We are working everyday to develop that potential.