Experience and Positions

Curriculum Vitae

 

EDUCATION

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction & Professional Writing Certificate; University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida; Degrees Conferred: 2010; Pi Lambda Theta (Education)
Juris Doctor; Regent University School of Law, Virginia Beach, Virginia; Degree Conferred: 2002; Christian Legal Society; Practicing Certificate 2001-2002
Bachelor of Arts in English with a Literature Concentration; University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida; Degree Conferred: 1999; University Honors; LEAD Scholar
 

BREAST CANCER ADVOCACY

 

 

Connect IV Legal Services, Inc., from 2019 to present, recruiting attorneys to provide pro bono legal services for individuals living with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer and coordinating events to bring attorneys and patients together.

Metavivor.org, Peer to Peer Ambassador, 2019-present

Living Beyond Breast Cancer, Graduate of the 2019 Hear My Voice Advocacy program and member of the Advisory Council to the Metastatic Conference, 2019-present

Online Support Groups, Co-administrator of a variety of groups for support and camaraderie among Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer patients

 

EMPLOYMENT

The Johnston Law Firm, Domestic Relations & Dependency, Orlando, Florida; President/Owner, May 2010-June, 2017
The Marks Law Firm, Domestic Relations & Dependency, Orlando, Florida; Of Counsel, October 2006-October 2010
The Pendás Law Firm, PI, PIP, Dependency & Domestic Relations, Orlando, Florida; Managing Associate, October 2004-October 2006
  Rogers, Coleman & Pendás, et al; Personal Injury & PIP, Orlando, Florida; Associate, August 2002-October 2004 (firm dissolved)
 

Honors

2004 Rising Star Award from the Burnett Honors College at UCF

2005 New Attorney Award of Excellence from the Legal Aid Society of the OCBA

2009 Award of Excellence from the Legal Aid Society of the OCBA

2010 Orlando Woman Newspaper’s Woman to Watch

Nominee, Woman of Distinction award presented by the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council, 2010

2012-2013 Teen Court Judge Thomas L. Kirk Founders Award

Regent University’s Alumni Service Award, 2013

 

Volunteer/Pro Bono Activities

Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) in Orange County from 2002 to 2017, representing more than 35 children and providing more than 8,000 hours of pro bono legal services to children in the dependency/foster care system as a GAL and in recruitment efforts for foster and adoptive families through One Church One Child as a Board Member and volunteer.

Court Appointed Attorney ad Litem in Orange County from 2004 to 2017, representing more than 15 children and providing more than 3,000 hours of pro bono legal services to special needs children in the dependency/foster care system.

Volunteer Advisor/Judge with Teen Court in Orange County 2003-2017

Pro Bono services provided to members of First United Methodist Church of downtown Orlando and Summit Community Church through 2017

Room Parent and Board Member of the PTA at Palmetto Elementary, 2019-present