Jeff Anderson & Associates: Advocates and Staff
Legal / Executive Assistant
Therese has worked for Jeff Anderson for over nineteen years and currently serves as a legal and executive assistant to Jeff Anderson, Mike Finnegan, and Elin Lindstrom. In the ever demanding world of a major litigation environment, Therese provides a capable and steady hand that keeps the firm focused and on time.
Legal / Executive Assistant
Erin is the legal and executive assistant to attorneys Mike Reck, Trusha Patel, Josh Peck, Molly Burke and Jeff Anderson. Erin has been with the firm since 1993, making her the longest tenured employee at Jeff Anderson & Associates. She brings a calm demeanor and historical perspective that are invaluable to the day-to-day work of the firm.
Michelle has been the lead Front Line Responder and Office Coordinator at Jeff Anderson & Associates since 2004. Before coming to the firm, Michelle worked with adolescents as a client representative for Face to Face Health and Counseling Inc., in St. Paul, Minnesota. Michelle leads with empathy, and demonstrates patience and compassion when communicating with survivors. Michelle is often the first person a survivor will confide in about their abuse, and she makes every survivor feel believed, safe and heard. Outside of the office, you will find Michelle embarking on many adventures, such as golfing, boating, traveling and spending time with her friends and family, and most importantly…being a die-hard Vikings fan.
Tim is an experienced paralegal with a background in civil litigation and criminal prosecution. Tim began his career as a journalist and uses his interviewing and writing abilities to help the firm and our clients achieve success.
With previous experience in advocating for injured persons, Tim works on behalf of our clients diligently and with great respect. Tim has a Paralegal bachelor’s degree from Winona State University and a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from St. Cloud State University. Outside of work, Tim enjoys live music, reading, playing hockey, running and all outdoor activities.
A graduate of Winona State University, Kellie brings to the firm a fresh perspective and background in the legal field and is willing to go the extra mile to advocate for our clients. Kellie’s previous experience includes work with a civil litigation firm in La Crosse, Wisconsin and an internship with the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office in the Child Protection Unit. She has worked with family members of abused and neglected children and brings a calm, understanding disposition to the work that we do here at Jeff Anderson & Associates. Kellie resides in St. Paul and enjoys cooking, reading and traveling.
Lakeesha’s experience as a litigation paralegal is vital to our mission; her experience interviewing and then maintaining client relationships is invaluable; and her attention to detail in every aspect of case management is important to the overall success of our team.
In addition to her Paralegal certification, Lakeesha has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with minors in History and Philosophy.
Parker brings several years of civil litigation experience to our firm. Parker’s success as a paralegal can be attributed to his previous experience in law enforcement, accounting, and private investigation. In addition to his paralegal certificate, Parker completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. His compassion for survivors and intolerance for injustice drives him to help our clients find a path to healing and closure. Parker epitomizes a phrase commonly heard around our firm, “We lead with our hearts and steer with our heads.” Outside of work, Parker stays active playing golf, hiking, working out, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Client Communications Manager
Asja holds a B.S. in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota. Before joining Jeff Anderson and Associates, she worked as an Advocate coordinating crisis lines, providing court advocacy and supporting survivors through Sexual Assault Forensic Exams.
Asja enjoys volunteering in her spare time and has been involved with Women’s Advocates and HandsOn Twin Cities. She brings expertise in working directly with survivors and provides a safe environment for clients here at Jeff Anderson and Associates.
Client Communications Advocate
Rachel brings several years of advocacy experience to our firm. Rachel’s success as a Client Communications Advocate can be attributed to her previous experience as a Victim Advocate at various District Attorney offices. In addition to her experience as an advocate, Rachel completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and a Master’s in Business Administration degree. Her passion for justice, loud voice for survivors and being relationship-oriented, helps Rachel connect with her clients on a deeper level. Rachel believes that every survivor that comes forward helps prevent a future child from abuse. Outside of work, Rachel stays active playing soccer, working out, learning Arabic, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Patrick J. Wall
Having 30 years experience investigating, researching and publishing on clerical sexual assaults of minors, Patrick is the only former Benedictine Monk and Priest imbedded in a litigation firm.He listens with the ear of his heart and knows first-hand the Institutional and cultural barriers survivors face. Trained in Philosophy, Theology and Canon Law, Patrick was a monk at Saint John’s Abbey and Priest/Canonical Attorney in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis and often assists investigative journalists at the AP, LA Times, CNN and ICIJ. Patrick joined the firm in 2012 as a force multiplier in litigation as well as a subject matter expert on Artificial Intelligence and Stem Cell research projects. Patrick has had the privilege to listen to Survivors from Alaska to Ireland and can think of no higher calling than Child Protection and healing. Patrick resides in Los Angeles, CA enjoying spending free time with his adult daughter, experiencing the Getty and some occasional Johnnie Football.
Melissa M. Harris
With great attention to detail and an incredible work ethic Melissa has kept things in impeccable order at Jeff Anderson & Associates for more than eight years.
With a finely-tuned eye for the tiniest details and a knack for deftly managing multiple processes at varying altitudes, Michelle has handled all of our day-to-day financial operations with precision and efficiency since joining the firm in 2018. She credits these abilities, in part, to her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Metropolitan State University. Michelle is continually inspired by the passion of her colleagues and is energized by our collective, ongoing dedication to the fight for survivors’ rights. Outside of the office, you may very likely find her golfing, spending time with friends and family, or relaxing at the lake.
Sandy provides part-time accounting support to the firm. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management and is a licensed CPA. Her background includes over 25 years of experience providing tax and accounting services to businesses and individuals. Sandy brings positivity and professionalism to her role. She enjoys the vibrant, collaborative culture of the firm and is grateful to be part of the work we do to help survivors. Outside of work, Sandy serves as a volunteer board member and is an advocate for mental health awareness. She enjoys working with textiles, biking on Minnesota’s beautiful trails, and spending precious time with family and friends.
Manager, Communications Team
Chelsea graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Marketing. With experience managing communications efforts for large business divisions, Chelsea brings expertise in project management, budget planning, copy editing, and writing and analyzing outreach efforts through data. Her empathy and passion for helping others drives her and continues to motivate her to make positive improvements and developments for the team. In her free time, Chelsea can be found reading Harry Potter, listening to true crime podcasts, painting, cooking or going on walks near the St. Croix River.
Digital Marketing & PR Strategist
Ian graduated from the Metropolitan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a Public Relations emphasis. Ian’s commitment and passion for helping survivors is unwavering and motivates him daily. Ian’s attention to detail, reliability, and ability to tackle new projects is essential for the communications team’s success. In his free time, he enjoys fly fishing, camping, playing guitar, and staying active.
Jordan graduated from the University of Minnesota with her Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science. She is currently enrolled at Mitchell Hamline School of Law and is pursuing a law degree. Jordan’s attention to detail, thoroughness and passion for the mission make her a valuable member of the team. Prior to working at Jeff Anderson & Associates, Jordan worked in the hospitality industry and volunteered at Communities United Against Police Brutality. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her dog Sheila.
Legal Executive Assistant
Lisa was born and raised in New York and has been working in the legal field since 1996. Lisa began working in the child protection space in 2004 in Miami and continued when she moved back to New York. When she learned the law finally changed in New York for victims of sexual abuse, she immediately knew she wanted to work for the cause again and be a part of keeping kids safe and helping survivors on their journey to healing and justice. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family, traveling, and finding fun things to do in New York.
Client Communications Advocate
Alley graduated from California State Fullerton with a Bachelor’s of Art in Criminal Justice and Political Science. She has spent the entirety of her career working with survivors of sexual abuse. She volunteered with a rape crisis center in Orange County as an undergrad and upon graduating was hired to work with survivors at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. She strives to create a space where survivors can feel supported through their healing journey and a space where they can feel empowered and believed in. Outside of work, Alley enjoys trying new foods, roller skating, and spending time with her family and friends.
Client Communications Advocate
Sharetta brings years of advocacy experience to the firm. Her previous experience as an investigator, caseworker, director, and small business owner attributes to her tenacity. Sharetta completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, a post-bachelor certification in Child Rights & Advocacy, and also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Outside of work, Sharetta enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Client Communications Manager
Lauren is a New York State licensed master social worker (LMSW) who obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. Lauren has over a decade of experience working directly with survivors of interpersonal violence in multiple capacities, including as an advocate, forensic interviewer, case coordinator, and therapist. Prior to working at Jeff Anderson & Associates, Lauren worked at two different child advocacy centers as part of the team responding to allegations and suspicions of youth being sexually abused. Lauren is passionate in her advocacy for both the protection of children and empowerment of adult survivors as they navigate their journey of healing from childhood trauma Lauren is an avid reader who enjoys traveling, podcasts, long walks with her dog, and spending time with family and friends.
Legal Administrative Assistant
Tessa graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Art in English Literature and loves to edit documents. Tessa brings positivity, empathy and a deep commitment to helping survivors to her role, which positively impacts her colleagues and the survivors she connects with. While also detail-oriented and thorough, she leads with an approachable and empathetic communication style. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, watching movies and documentaries and taking her cat on walks.
Elizabeth graduated from California State Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and obtained a certificate in paralegal studies. She has over 12 years of experience as a Paralegal in various areas of the law such as criminal prosecution, family law, workers compensation and civil litigation. Elizabeth also has previously worked at a police department which is where she discovered her passion for the law. She is driven, motivated and a quick learner. Her proactivity helps her to complete tasks quickly while her reliability and deep loyalty help her to build trust with survivors and colleagues. When she has the time, Elizabeth volunteers at her son’s school for their holiday events with setting up, and decorating for celebrations throughout the year. Elizabeth also used to mentor for the Higher Education Program and would provide students with encouragement and support as they worked on college prep activities. In her spare time, she also enjoys running, attending sports events and concerts and spending quality time with her family and friends.
Tara Rowan has worked in the Records Specialist Department for over three years. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Art in Psychology. She takes care of legal documents that come through the mail and files them into each client’s folder for safe keeping. Tara leads with positivity, authenticity, and a passion for helping survivors move forward after experiencing abuse and trauma. She lives in Hudson with her beautiful wife, son, and many animals (2 dogs, a cat, bearded dragon and two sugar gliders). In her free time, she likes to go camping in the summers with her family and dogs.
Electronic Filing Specialist
Andre has worked with the firm as a Records Specialist for over five years. He graduated from the Minneapolis Community & Technical College with a degree in Business Office Administration & Legal Executive Assistance. Andre is a foundational member of the firm, ensuring all records are organized and properly filed. Beyond that, he is involved with a variety of tasks, including speaking with survivors of abuse, and sometimes being the first person a survivor discloses their abuse to. His attention to detail and desire to complete tasks quickly helps Andre to be accomplished in his position. During his free time, he enjoys watching scary movies with his pets, working out, playing video games and mastering his crocheting skills.
Client Communications Advocate
Trey has a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. Trey is dedicated and diligent with every aspect of his role and is empathetic when working with clients. In his free time, he enjoys playing ice hockey, weightlifting and watching movies. Trey is also politically active and enjoys helping campaign during elections.
Head of People & Culture
Molly is an accomplished human resources professional with over 12 years of experience in talent development, project management, performance management and organizational development. She is passionate about people and brings a unique perspective with her Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Michigan. Molly has an enthusiasm for building strong relationships and helping others achieve their career goals. Her drive and proactivity aid in evoking positive changes for team members. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling and spending time with her family, husband, and beloved dog Beau.
Client Communications Advocate
Lily is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a double minor in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature. Lily has always had a passion for advocating for survivors of sexual abuse, and is honored to have the opportunity to work with survivors daily. Before becoming a part of Jeff Anderson & Associates, she volunteered with The Advocates for Human Rights, a group that strives to implement international human rights to promote a fair society where everyone is respected and valued. Outside of work, Lily enjoys spending time with her friends and family, cooking, going to concerts, and biking around the Twin Cities.
Following one of his passions, Marlon acquired an Associates in Arts degree in Music at the University of Maryland. Marlon believes no task is too small and is the true embodiment of a team player. He also brings qualities of humor, light, work ethic, and a sense of dependability to the daily work environment. Stemming from serving in the military as a paratrooper, Marlon financially supports The Wounded Warriors Project and Paralyzed Veterans of America. He also volunteers for Small Gesture Big Smiles and The Helpful Hood Homies, organizations that both to provide people that are homeless with basic necessities, food, and clothing. In his free time, Marlon also enjoys playing the drums, attending live music events, and watching documentaries on history, the medieval area, the military, and nature.
Krystal graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Psychology & Criminology and is a certified paralegal. Krystal uses her attention to detail, organization, and passion for efficiency to solve problems while communicating with survivors in a compassionate and loving manner. She believes in quality work and always strives to do her best. She volunteers annually with Together We Rise, a non-profit dedicated to transforming the way youth navigate through the foster care system. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, baking, camping and exploring beaches and national parks with her beloved dog
Legal Support Specialist
Madelyn is a Legal Intake Specialist with JAA. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Dakota and has been with the firm for almost six months. Madelyn is detail-oriented and passionate about connecting with survivors every day. She enjoys running, reading, and exploring the twin cities with friends. Madelyn has volunteered with Girl Scouts, assisted in raising money for Prevent Child Abuse America, and lead women’s empowerment groups for college aged women during her time at the University of North Dakota.
Legal Intake Specialist
Bailey graduated from Bemidji State University with a degree in Criminal Justice and an emphasis in victimology. Her passion for helping survivors of sexual abuse creates an empowering and judgement free space. Bailey has been with the firm for over a year. Bailey volunteers her time at a domestic abuse shelter where she continues to help survivors feel heard and safe. In her free time, Bailey enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to museums, and trying new restaurants.
Legal Intake Specialist
Hunter is a Legal Intake Specialist and has been at the firm for over a year. She graduated from Winona State University with Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice. Bringing a steadfast passion for advocacy, Hunter finds a great sense of purpose being able to work with survivors. Her previous experience interning at Anoka County Attorney’s Office in their Victim Witness Services provided her with a foundational understanding of trauma and how to communicate with survivors. She also volunteers at a local domestic abuse shelter where she continues to further develop advocacy skills. In her free time, Hunter enjoys camping with her family, golfing, and enjoying Minnesota summers.
Sue joined the firm as a Records Specialist almost two years ago and quickly became an essential part of the team. Every day, Sue strives to lead with kindness in her interactions with her colleagues as well as survivors. She believes in the power of compassion and always does her best to help others. Her work ethic and attention to detail help her to succeed in her role and complete tasks on time and accurately. Sue has spent time volunteering at a nursing home and a women’s shelter in order to make a positive impact on people that may be struggling. In addition to volunteering, in her free time she enjoys hiking, photography, and reading a good book.