Stephanie was born and raised in Bakersfield, California. She graduated from Westmont College with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and minor in Spanish, while competing in collegiate volleyball for four years. Upon graduation, Stephanie began volunteering at a domestic violence shelter for women with young children. It was through her experiences serving at the shelter Stephanie developed a heart for helping women in crisis and decided to pursue a law degree. She graduated from Whittier Law School, Magna Cum Laude, and was sworn in to the CA state bar in December of the same year.
During her time at Whittier, Stephanie was a staff member and associate editor of the Whittier Journal of Child & Family Advocacy, member of the Moot Court Honors Board, and Fellow with the Center for Children’s Rights. Stephanie chaired the Public Outreach committee for the Center for Children’s Rights, coordinated student volunteers at National Adoption Day at Edelman Children’s Court, organized service events at group homes for children, and orchestrated donation drives to benefit foster youth in Orange County. Stephanie gained experience with dependency, guardianship, limited conservatorship, and adoption cases through various internships. Additionally, she spent a summer studying in Nanjing, China, earning awards for highest grade in International Adoption Law and International Children’s Rights.
Stephanie and her husband live in Orange County with their son and attend Newport Mesa Church. They enjoy serving with Royal Family Kids ministries and mentor current and former foster youth. Stephanie enjoys traveling, cooking, snowboarding, and being outdoors.