Van Wert Municipal Court Judge since November 5, 2010. (2nd only female judge elected in Van Wert Co. at age 39)
Graduated from Van Wert High School, Class of 1989
B.A. Psychology from The Ohio State University, 1999, Magna Cum Laude
Juris Doctorate, Ohio Northern University, 2002
My legal career began in the Law Offices of Steven L. Diller as a public defender attorney in 2002. From September, 2003, until December, 2006,
I served as Van Wert City Law Director and was the prosecutor in Van Wert Municipal Court. Immediately before being appointed to the bench, I
was a Senior Claims Attorney at Central Mutual Insurance Co. (2007-2010). I am also admitted to practice in the U.S. Federal District Court,
Northern District of Ohio and to the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.
My husband and I currently attend Lifehouse Church and I am a member of First United Methodist Church, Van Wert. For six (6) years, I served as a Board Member
for the YWCA of Van Wert County Board of Directors, including three (3) years as Board President. In 2004, I was selected as a YWCA Woman of Achievement.
Currently, I am a member of the Van Wert Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, Ohio Judicial Conference, the Association of Municipal and County
Court Judges, the American Judges Association and the National Judicial College. I have also served as a member of the Van Wert County Law Library Association
and the Public Defenders’ Commission. Currently, I am a member of the B.P.O. Elks #1197 since 2003. Previous community service involvement included membership
in AAUW (American Association of University Women) and Community Health Professionals, Private Duty Nursing and Hospice-The Caring Way Boards of Directors,
and the Starr Commonwealth Advisory Board. I also served on the Day of Caring and Agency Relations Committees of the United Way of Van Wert during my three-year
term on the Board of Trustees. Most recently from 2018-2019, I was a Board Member at the Wassenberg Art Center.
Born & raised in Van Wert. Married to Neil K. Straley, August 10, 2018. Son: Zachary Leatherman, age 28 Daughter: Lauren Leatherman, age 22.