Born in Grafton and raised in Minto, North Dakota; married to James P. McEvers; one child and three step-children.
Graduated Cum Laude from the University of North Dakota in 1993 with a BBA in Information Management. Awarded a Juris Doctorate, with distinction, from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1997.
Worked for the Northeast Judicial District in court administration prior to attending law school. After law school, law clerk to the North Dakota Supreme Court, 1997-1998 term; private legal practice, 1998-2001; Cass County Assistant State’s Attorney, 2001 to 2005; appointed North Dakota Commissioner of Labor by Governor John Hoeven in 2005; appointed District Judge by Governor John Hoeven in 2010 and elected to the post in 2012; appointed by Governor Jack Dalrymple to the North Dakota Supreme Court to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Mary Muehlen Maring in 2013; and in November 2016, was elected to complete that term set for reelection in 2018.
Memberships and Committees
Served on the Judicial Branch Education Committee, 1992 to 1994; the Judiciary Standards Committee, 2004 to 2009; the State Bar Association’s Commission for Continuing Education, 2006 to 2010, Chair, 2009-2010; the Pattern Jury Instruction Commission, 2012 to 2013; the Domestic Violence Benchbook Subcommittee, 2009 to 2011; the Rough Rider Industries Prison Advisory Board, 2005 to 2013; and the Cass County Resource Committee on Elder Abuse, 2013. Currently, chairs the Juvenile Drug Court Advisory Committee, 2014 to present; the Juvenile Policy Board, 2013 to present; the Joint Procedure Committee, January 2017 to present; and is a member of the Personnel Policy Board, 2013 to present; the Commission on the Alternatives to Incarceration, 2011 to present; the North Dakota Judges Association, 2013 to present, President, 2014 to 2015; the United Tribes Criminal Justice Advisory Board, 2014 to present; the Court Technology Committee’s File and Serve User Group Subcommittee, 2015 to present; and the North Dakota Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Commission, 2015 to present.