• Licensed attorney since 2017
  • Paralegal for 12 years
  • Assistant professor of Legal Studies at Lansing Community College
  • Member, Michigan State Bar, US District Court - Eastern Michigan, US District Court - Western Michigan, and Allegan County Bar Association
  • Member, Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Certified Domestic Relations Mediator
  • President, Dorr Business Association


  • Married to Lee Bernal
  • Four sons, two daughters-in-law, and two granddaughters, and a pug
  • Member LifeChange Community Church, Burnips
  • Juris Doctorate, Western Michigan University- Cooley Law School, Cum Laude


I believe in serving families by putting them first.  Being an advocate for the protection of children while working towards preservation of their relationship with both parents.  If parties agree to how they will raise their children and handle their finances, they should be given every opportunity to do so without interference of the court.  I believe that judges have a duty to rule on what the law is and not what they want it to be, while showing respect and compassion to the families and individuals before them.