Jean Ackerman joined Stevens & Brand, LLP, in September of 2008 as the legal assistant to Wesley Smith in the primary practice areas of bankruptcy and banking law, debtor and creditor rights, and business and commercial litigation. She has been a legal assistant in Kansas since 2000, and has previously assisted counsel in the areas of family law, criminal law, workers’ compensation, and personal injury. In addition to assisting Wes in the Lawrence office, Jean also coordinates and oversees firm advertising and marketing, as well as social media and website updates.
Samantha Anderson joined Stevens & Brand, LLP, in January 2013. She assists the Lawrence office with greeting clients and directing phone calls, and is the legal assistant to Matthew Hoy and Molly Wood.
Kelly Barnum joined the firm in July 2011. She received her Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Washburn University, completed training in both domestic and victim-offender mediation, and has worked and volunteered for several local community non-profit agencies. She has 17 years of legal assistant experience including family law, municipal court, civil litigation, and estate and trust law. She is the legal assistant to Webster Golden and Rebecca Wempe.
Debbie Bouse joined Stevens & Brand in May of 2015. She obtained her Paralegal Certificate from Johnson County Community College and graduated from Mid-America Nazarene University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Relations. She has twenty years of previous civil litigation experience, and is the legal assistant to Emily Donaldson and Denise McNabb.
Jill Chappell joined Stevens & Brand, LLP, in September 2013. She has worked in the legal field since 1978. She is a legal assistant to Patricia Hamilton and Tom Haney in the Topeka office.
Taunya Cole has worked for Stevens & Brand, LLP, since April of 2000. She graduated from Fort Hays State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, and has over 25 years experience in the accounting field. Taunya handles all financial aspects of the firm, as well as managing daily operations.
Tiffany Hughes joined Stevens & Brand, LLP, in August 2019 as the legal assistant to Sherri Loveland and Amy Durkin in the primary practice areas of family law, adoption and guardianship, and conservatorship. She has twelve years’ experience as a paralegal, and has previously assisted counsel in the areas of business and commercial litigation, employment litigation, wrongful death, and class action matters.
Autumn Johannes joined Stevens & Brand, LLP, in January 2017. She is the legal assistant to Scott E. Taddiken in the Topeka office. Autumn has assisted Scott with client relations and estate planning since 2012. She is a life-long Topeka resident.
Sarah Melody joined the firm in April 2017. She is a graduate of Johnson County Community College’s Paralegal program and has worked as a paralegal since 2008. She has previously worked in the areas of family law, workers’ compensation, estate planning, and probate. Sarah is the legal assistant to Christopher Burger and Eric Weslander.
Brigitte Mosqueda joined Stevens & Brand in December of 2017 as the receptionist in the Topeka office. Originally she is from California, and just recently moved to the area. Brigitte has worked in the mortgage and medical field, and has enjoyed 13 years of experience in the legal field as a records clerk, scanning clerk, and litigation assistant providing daily assistance in many areas including reception relief and staff services relief.
Manuel Mosqueda joined Stevens & Brand in August of 2019 as the Office Assistant/Courier for the Topeka office. Born and raised in Topeka, “Manny” spent many years living in California before returning to his native home in 2017. Manny has 15 years of experience as an Office Assistant and Customer Service Representative.
Ashley Sanderson joined Stevens & Brand in February of 2017. She attended Highland Community College and has ten years of previous experience as a Medical Assistant and Certified Nurse Aide. Ashley is the firm’s file management and retention coordinator, and she performs administrative office duties while also providing daily support to other staff members.
Diane W. Simpson graduated from the University of Kansas in 1957 with a degree in apparel merchandising, and from the University of Kansas, School of Law in 1983. She practiced law with Stevens & Brand, LLP, from 1983 to 2005 in the areas of estate planning and family law. Upon retirement from her legal practice in 2005, Diane remained with the firm and continues to provide daily assistance in many areas including greeting clients, directing phone calls, and legal data entry.
Jennifer Smith joined Stevens & Brand, LLP, in August of 2018. She has over 20 years of prior experience assisting attorneys in the practice areas of real estate and medical malpractice, and is the legal assistant to John Bullock and Kate Simpson in the Lawrence office.
Sharon Stallings rejoined Stevens & Brand on January 1, 2019. She first began with the firm in March of 1988 as the legal assistant to Wint Winter, Jr., John Lungstrum, and Diane Simpson. In March of 2001, she joined Wint as his administrative assistant at Peoples Bank until he sold the bank in December of 2017, and then worked with Wint at Bank Midwest for a year in 2018. Sharon is currently the legal assistant to Wint Winter, Jr., and Brad Finkeldei.
Emily Williams joined Stevens & Brand in October of 2017. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management through the University of Phoenix in 2014. She is the legal assistant to Patricia Hamilton in the Topeka office.