My family, friends, community and my love for the great outdoors have been an integral part of my life.
Throughout my 45-year career in law, I have worked with numerous community organizations that advocate for social and economic justice; economic development; open spaces; sustainability, and conservation; and have worked to maintain the quality of life here in northern Arizona.
Public service and community engagement are a big part of who I am. Recognition of these accomplishments are wonderful, but it’s the moments and people I have worked with along the way that are the most meaningful.
Although the law has been my long-time profession, transitioning to a full-time public servant will allow me to focus my energies on our shared future.
A little about my life
In the summer of 1971, I traveled from our family home in Minnesota to visit relatives in Phoenix passing through Flagstaff on the way. After seeing the San Francisco Peaks and feeling the cool mountain air, I applied to go to college at NAU. I fell in love with Flagstaff and the Southwest. The wonderful outdoors became my second home. At the same time, I was exposed to the economic and social challenges facing a small town in rural America.
A law degree seemed the logical next step to prepare me to face those challenges. I supported myself as a student worker through both NAU and UofA law school.
Flagstaff, NAU, Law School, Career
Flagstaff was a small mountain town back then but was involved in the national issues of the times. I helped organize the first International Women’s day event in Northern Arizona. Alongside others, I helped start a women’s resource center which included a domestic violence shelter and a rape crisis center. I worked with the local environmental community and with Native American community organizations, which nurtured my interest in conservation sustainability and Native American rights.
Law school at the University of Arizona was an enriching time. With the help of other students, we organized the first Women Law Students Association. I also was awarded a clerkship with a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Upon graduation, with others I started the Women’s Law Association and served as the first president of the Northern Arizona chapter. I later was elected the first female president of the Coconino County Bar Association. I am a member of both the Navajo and Hopi Bar Associations and I am admitted to practice in the Arizona State Courts and the U.S. Federal Courts; including the United States Supreme Court.
While in law school I supported myself by clerking for the Flagstaff firm of Ward, Hufford and Blue. After earning my law degree, Ben Hufford offered me the opportunity to start a law practice with him in Flagstaff. I jumped at the chance to “come back home.”
Our firm, now known as Hufford, Horstman, Mongini, Parnell and Tucker, is a full-service civil law firm that has provided high-quality legal services throughout Arizona for over 40 years. From its inception, the firm has emphasized serving those who live and work on tribal lands and in serving public school districts throughout the state. We are also committed to giving back to our community, a hallmark of our service.
Our current supervisor, Art Babbott, has decided not to seek re-election and instead, is running for the state legislature. I look forward to the opportunity to serve as your full-time Coconino County Supervisor for District 1.