Our Staff

Our staff consists of experienced attorneys with diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise.

Susan Griffith - Executive Director
Susan Griffith
Executive Director

Susan is the Executive Director of Timpanogos Legal Center. She has over 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.

Brooke Robinson - Staff Attorney & Program Coordinator
Brooke Robinson
Staff Attorney & Program Coordinator

Brooke obtained her undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University with a major in political science. Brooke graduated from the J. Reuben Clark Law School and was admitted to the Utah State Bar in 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 where she also practiced family law.  Brooke is the Director of Programs for Timpanogos Legal Center, and she works primarily on family law and domestic violence cases. Brooke is a member of the statewide Pro Bono Commission, focused on improving access to justice in Utah. Brooke completed the National Institute of Trial Advocacy Training program and is a certified Utah Victim Advocate.

Kristin Kellems - Staff Attorney
Kristin Kellems
Staff Attorney

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.

Joni McDougal - Staff Attorney
Joni McDougal
Staff Attorney

Joni 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 and speaks fluent Spanish.

Michelle Lesue - Staff Attorney & VOCA Coordinator
Michelle Lesue
Staff Attorney & VOCA Coordinator

Michelle 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
Candace Reid
Staff Attorney

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Hayley Cousin - Staff Attorney
Hayley Cousin
Staff Attorney, Grants Director, and CAPP Program Coordinator

Hayley Cousin received her undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in English language with minors in editing and business management. She graduated with honors from the J. Reuben Clark School and is a member of the Utah State Bar. Hayley’s focus is on expanding access to justice, especially to victims of domestic violence. Her focus at Timpanogos Legal Center is assisting clients with family law matters. She seeks to broaden the access to legal services within Utah’s seventh judicial district.

Sierra Taylor - Staff Attorney
Sierra Taylor
Staff Attorney & CLE Coordinator

Sierra obtained her undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University with a major in public relations and a minor in business management. Sierra went on to graduate from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University and was admitted to the Utah State Bar in October 2019. After law school, Sierra served as a federal judicial clerk in the District Court of Utah. Since joining Timpanogos Legal Center, Sierra works primarily on family law and domestic violence cases. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, listening to '80s music, and spending time with her husband and daughter.

Sierra Taylor - Staff Attorney
Rob Allen
Administrative Director

Rob graduated with a degree in Business Management and Nonprofit Management from Brigham Young University (BYU), where he also obtained his National Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership (CNP). Rob has a successful business career and is excited to use his expertise to expand the accessibility of legal assistance so that everyone has a chance to be successful in navigating the legal system. Rob graduated from J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU with a focus on public interest and pro bono law. Rob enjoys sports, especially tennis, and volunteers as the head tennis coach at Provo High School. He is grateful for the support of his loving wife, Rachel, and their six children.

Julene Curtis - Executive Assistant & Victim Advocate
Julene Curtis
Executive Assistant & Victim Advocate

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.

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This project was supported in part by the Utah Office for Victims of Crime, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice. The  opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of Timpanogos Legal Center and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Justice or the Utah Office for Victims of Crime.