Professional Experience: 
  • Family Court of the State of Delaware, Chief Judge, Chief Executive Officer of unified statewide family court; responsible for oversight of child welfare, domestic violence, juvenile justice and civil family issues; established and presiding judge gun court; established juvenile competency and mental health diversion program; secured funding through Casey Family Programs to develop Education Demonstration Project 
  • Family Court of the State of Delaware, Judge,Trial judge in child welfare, domestic violence, juvenile justice and civil family law cases
  • Prickett, Jones, Elliott, Kristol & Schnee, Lawyer, Corporate, Commercial & Family Law 
  • Justice Joseph T. Walsh, Supreme Court of Delaware, Law Clerk 
  • Richards, Layton & Finger, Law Clerk 
  • Family Court of the State of Delaware, Judicial Assistant, Staff Development Instructor 
  • Stone Harbor Police Department, Special Police Officer  

 

Admissions: 
Delaware, 1988; U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, 1989
Education: 
Delaware Law School of Widener University, Wilmington, DE, Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1988  Recipient of The Zelda K. Herrmann Cup Award (for excellence in scholarship, traits of leadership, and promise of contributions pro bono publico)  
Recipient of The Presidents Award (High Scholastic Achievement and Potential for Meaningful Future Contributions)
Trinity College, Hartford, CT, B.S. Political Science
Memberships: 
Delaware State Bar Association
American Bar Association
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (member Board of Directors)
Melson Arsht Inns of Court (founding President)
National Association of Women Judges, Prior Member
Personal and Community Activities: 
Education Demonstration Project with Casey Family Programs, Facilitator
Child Protection Accountability Commission, Prior  Member
Juvenile Justice Collaborative, Prior Co-Chair
Criminal Justice Council, Prior Vice Chair
Coalition for Juvenile Justice’s Safety, Opportunity & Success Project Judges’ Advisory Group, Member
The Council of State Governments, Justice Center’s School Discipline Courts, Member Juvenile Justice Focus Group
Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, Prior Vice Chair of the Courts Committee & Current Member
Executive Committee of the Supreme Court of Delaware, Prior Member
Juvenile Crime Enforcement Coalition, Prior Member
Juvenile Justice Advisory Group, Prior Member
Juvenile Justice Review Task Force Committee, Prior Member
Executive Order 45 Task Force on Post-Detention School Re-Entry, Member
Blue Ribbon Task Force on Open Courts, Member
Sentencing Accountability Commission, Prior Member
St. Thomas More Society, Prior Member
Supportive Schools Discipline, Communities of Practice, Delaware School Justice Partnership Leader, Member
Annie E. Casey Foundation, Prior Co-Chair Delaware Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative
Bench Bar and Media Conference, Prior Vice Chair
School Violence Task Force, Prior Member
Violence Against Women Act Implementation Committee, Prior Member
Consultant to the Government of Mauritius, Assistance with Establishing a Family Court
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, School Pathways Committee, Facilitator and Selected Jurisdiction
National Summit on Law Enforcement Leadership in Juvenile Justice, Summit Participant
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Center for Excellence, Subject Matter Expert Interviewee for the Tools for Success: Working with Youth with FASD in the Juvenile Justice System
Wilmington Education Improvement Commission, Co- Chair Meeting the Needs of Students in Poverty Committee
Rodel Foundation Delaware,  Vision Coalition Steering Committee Member
Delaware Humane Association, Member Board of Directors
Wilmington Hope Commission, Prior Executive Board Member
The Rotary Club of Wilmington, Prior Member
Delaware Girls Initiative, Founder
Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, Lifetime Member, Prior Presidents’ Council
International Women’s Forum – Delaware Chapter, Member
Nativity Preparatory School of Wilmington, Prior Trustee, Member of Mission & Identity Committee
Yoga Service Council, Founding Board Member
Seminars and Teaching: 
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges 77th Annual Conference 2014 , “We Can Do Better: Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline” Coalition for Juvenile Justice 2014 Annual Conference 2014
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges 76th Annual Conference 2013, “More Harm Than Good: Developing National Standards to Address Needs of Youth Charged with Status Offenses”
National Convening of the Advancement Project 2013 Town Hall, “Reforming School Discipline and Accountability: A Conversation with Leaders”
Coalition of Juvenile Justice 2013 Annual Conference 2013, “Exercising Judicial Leadership to Prevent Court Involvement and Incarceration of Non-Delinquent Youth”
National Judicial College: Civility in the American Justice System 2013 o The Council of State Governments Representative, 50th Anniversary Symposium
Juvenile Justice Violence Prevention Summit 2013  - Addressing Gun Violence in Juvenile Court”
The Yoga Service Council Conference -Presenter at the Yoga Service Council Conference, 2012 and 2015
National Youth-at-Risk Conference 2012, Addressing Gun Violence in Juvenile Court  
Delaware Statewide Juvenile Justice Summit 2012, Organizer, Funder, and Presenter
National Leadership Summit on School-Justice Partnerships 2012 , “Fightin’ and Fussin’: An Examination of School Arrests, Adjudications, and Dispositions in Delaware
United States Attorney General’s Advisory Committee 2012 School to Prison Pipeline
Leadership Delaware 2012  “Juvenile Justice, Domestic Violence Prevention, Prevention of Child Abuse, and, Putting the Children FIRST When Marriages Break Up – All in a Day’s Work!”
Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America 2010 John Jay College of Criminal Justice  “Problem-Solving Justice: How Well is it Working?”
Honors and Awards: 
iEducate Delaware 2015, Nominated as Finalist
Governor’s Excellence Award 2008
National Council on Crime and Delinquency Albert Elias Award 2006 For Outstanding Contributions to Juvenile Justice
Recipient of the Strong, Smart and Bold Award from Girls, Inc. of Delaware 2006
Wilmington Award 2006, For Extraordinary Commitment to the Youth of Wilmington, Delaware
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Officers 2005, Recognized for Outstanding Contributions to the Delaware Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Officers
Honorary Commander for the 512th Airlift Wing, Dover Air Force Base 2004
State of Delaware Certificate of Service 2003 Presented by Governor Ruth Ann Minner