I was elected Calumet County District Attorney in 2016 and took office on January 3, 2017.
Previously, I was an Assistant District Attorney in Sheboygan County for almost 7 years from August 2009 through December 2016. In May 2014, I was nominated for Outstanding Victim Advocacy, from the Wisconsin Victim/Witness Professional Association, for my prosecution of a reckless homicide. During my time in Sheboygan County, I was involved in complex litigation of the an Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) issue relating to the admissibility of the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) field sobriety test. In October 2014, I was a presenter at the annual Department of Justice sponsored OWI seminar in Elkhart Lake. My presentation involved how to effectively prosecute individuals who are impaired due to the consumption of drugs. In May 2015, I was a presenter for registered nurses who were in training for the SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Exam) program. The SANE program is a nationwide protocol utilized by hospitals to treat and collect evidence from victims of sexual assaults. I was asked to present about trial testimony by the forensic nursing coordinator in Sheboygan. In January 2016, I presented to the Sheboygan Countywide Crime Stoppers organization regarding the confidentiality of informers.
Prior to being hired in Sheboygan County as an Assistant District Attorney, I was a Public Service Special Prosecutor for Waukesha County, where I worked as a prosecutor for free.
In 2001 I graduated from Sussex Hamilton High School in Waukesha County, where I grew up. I then attended UW-Oshkosh, from 2001 to 2005, where I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. While studying to become a police officer at Oshkosh, I quickly learned that I excelled in understanding legal concepts in the criminal justice field. From this, I knew I had to pursue further education with law school.
While preparing for attending law school, I wanted to gain practical real-world experience in the criminal justice field. I was hired as a correctional officer for the State of Wisconsin and worked at Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution (KMCI), a medium security men’s prison, in Sheboygan County. While at KMCI I worked within the intake unit. This required me to supervise in excess of 100 inmates in a large bunkhouse, without any bars or cells. I quickly learned how to communicate effectively and how handle stressful situations with a clear head.
In 2007, I was admitted into Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. After my first year of law school, I transferred to Marquette University, where I completed my final two years of law school. While at Marquette Law School, I was hired as a law intern at the Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office. I worked under the supervision of then District Attorney Brad Schimel. While studying at Marquette and interning at Waukesha County, I learned what it took to be an assistant district attorney. Most importantly, I learned that being a prosecutor is what I love and, without a doubt, I was going to be a prosecutor for life. In May of 2009, I graduated from Marquette University Law School with my Juris Doctorate degree.