Longtime resident of Allen County. Graduate of Lima Shawnee High School 1966. Bachelor of Arts degree from Bluffton College 1970. Juris Doctorate degree from Ohio Northern University Law school 1973. Ohio licensed attorney since 1973. Employed at Allen County Probate Court as Referee and/or Magistrate, Court Administrator and Chief Deputy Clerk since 1989. Currently serves as Magistrate and legal advisor to the Judge. Holds a Certified Court Manager certification from National Center for State Courts 2011. Member of Allen County Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, American Bar Association. Service on the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Association of Magistrates.