December 12, 2017


Susan Griffith – Executive Director

Susan Griffith – is the Executive Director of Timpanogos Legal Center.  She has 30 years of experience in working with family law and domestic violence issues.  Susan has served as Managing Attorney of the Provo Office of Utah Legal Services and an Assistant Attorney General in Child Protection.  Susan has been part-time faculty at Brigham Young University’s Law School since 1995.  She teaches clinical courses in Family Law, Domestic Violence Intervention, Child Advocacy as well as externship classes and skills-based courses.  Susan was a founding member of Timpanogos Legal Center and loves the challenge of finding ways to help more people and involve more attorneys in pro bono work.

Kristen Kellems – Staff Attorney

Kristen Clarke Kellems – is one of the Staff Attorneys for Timpanogos Legal Center. Kristen began her career as a legislative attorney for the Kansas State Legislature, where she drafted bills and resolutions and staffed legislative committees ranging from Education to Energy and Natural Resources. Upon relocating to Eugene, Oregon, Kristen worked as a faculty member in the Early Childhood Education Department at the University of Oregon on educational policy issues. She also volunteered at various legal clinics in Oregon to help serve indigent elderly individuals with their legal issues. After becoming licensed in Utah, Kristen began working at Timpanogos Legal Center where she focuses on family law. Kristen is a member of the Central Utah Bar Association and the family law and elder law sections of the Utah State Bar. the  She holds a J.D. from Washburn University School of Law, and a B.A. from Brigham Young University. Kristen loves to hike, camp, ski and spend time with her husband and three children.

Brooke L. Robinson – Staff Attorney & Program Coordinator 

Brooke Robinson – is our staff attorney and program coordinator. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University with a major in political science. Brooke graduated from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University and was admitted to the Utah State Bar in October 2014. After law school, Brooke worked as a law fellow with the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office and as the Pro Bono Director at Utah Legal Services also practiced family law.  Since joining Timpanogos Legal Center, Brooke works primarily on family law and domestic violence case. Brooke is a member of the statewide Pro Bono Commission, focused on improving legal service in Utah. Brooke completed the National Institute of Trial Advocacy Training program. Brooke is also a certified Utah Victim Advocate. 

Joni McDougal – Staff Attorney

Joni McDougal is our staff attorney and speaks Spanish. She obtained both a Bachelor’s of Accounting and a Master’s of Accounting from Brigham Young University. Joni has lived in Honduras for eighteen months and has studied abroad in Spain and Mexico. Joni graduated from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University and was admitted to the Utah State Bar in October 2016. Since joining Timpanogos Legal Center, Joni works primarily on family law and domestic violence cases. Joni is also a certified Utah Victim Advocate.

Michelle Lesue – Staff Attorney -VOCA Coordinator
Michelle E. Lesue is a Staff Attorney and VOCA Coordinator for TLC.  She has 20 years’ experience practicing law in Utah, including time as a bankruptcy attorney in private practice as well as over 10 years practicing family law with Utah Legal Services, where she also served as the Domestic Relations Taskforce Chair.  Other areas include Housing law and estate planning. Michelle has also taught Business Law at Columbia College and presently teaches the Domestic Law Academy for Utah Legal Services.  Michelle is a graduate of B.Y.U., where she obtained a Bachelor’s in Latin American Studies and then a J.D. at the J. Reuben Clark Law School.  As VOCA Coordinator, Michelle seeks to support existing legal clinics, establish new clinics and expand services to victims of domestic violence and low-income Utahns in the Northern part of Utah, in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd judicial districts.  She speaks Spanish and works primarily on family law cases.

Candace Reid- Staff Attorney

Jeremy Shimada- Staff Attorney

Julene Curtis – Executive Assistant/Victim Advocate
Julene Curtis – is the Executive Assistant /Victim Advocate for Timpanogos Legal Center. Julene began her work in this field by helping develop the Victims Advocate program in Sanpete County, Utah. This was the first Victim’s Advocate in the Sanpete area. She also has worked as Deputy Clerk/ Ex-Parte Clerk for Franklin County, MO. Her focus is to help serve and help develop programs in the rural communities to strengthen the resources available for families and individuals that have been victims of crime.
     TLC Board Members
Susan Griffith, TLC Executive Director; Liisa Hancock, TLC Secretary; Jill Jasperson, TLC Vice President; Craig Carlile, TLC Treasurer; Sharon White, Utah Legal Services Managing Attorney and TLC Board Member; Richard Sheffield, TLC President; Brooke Robinson, TLC Staff Attorney; Jacob Gunter, CUBA President and TLC Board Member. (Carl Hernandez, BYU Professor, and Board Member is not pictured)