Mark F. McKee, Firm Liaison

Mark McKee is a Firm Liaison and fantastic at making personal connections with our potential clients, while helping to reduce their anxiety about the legal process. Mark brings with him 6 years of customer service and management experience in the retail industry. He recently moved from his hometown of Fulton, Missouri to join the RDF team. He is quickly learning about all things Oregon—Food Carts, his SE Portland neighborhood, local County & Courthouse names, how to get around town—fortunately he’s a quick study! When he is not at work, you can find him writing novels, playing baseball, reading, or under a pile of popcorn in a movie theater.

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Sarah Yater, Firm Liaison

As our outstanding Firm Liaison, Sarah Yater is and one of the first encouraging voices you hear when you call, and the very first face you see when you visit Reynolds Defense Firm. Sarah’s calm nature, people skills, and genuine desire to help others shines through every time someone calls us or visits our office. She also brings years of service industry experience and understands just how important first impressions are. Her compassionate nature and pride in the fantastic work we do here at RDF make her a great part of our team, and her reassuring tone helps our clients understand that they’ve come to the right place. Sarah has recently moved here from Hilton Head, SC, where she lived on a sailboat that she restored before embarking on her cross-country adventure with her dog, Luna. Outside of RDF, Sarah enjoys exploring her new Portland neighborhood. She also loves living closer to her twin sister, who is teaching her how to surf.

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Emily DuBois, Director of First Impressions

If you haven’t had the pleasure of interacting with Emily yet, when you do, you’ll come away impressed! Emily is our Director of First Impressions and the first point of contact when you call or visit our office. She takes that role to heart. Emily is genuine and compassionate towards each person she meets. Originally from San Diego, California, Emily embodies the laid-back feel with her easy-going and calming demeanor. Emily loves writing music and creating art. Her connection skills even extend to animals! Within her first few weeks of joining RDF, she was on a first name basis with a neighborhood dog! Emily also enjoys finding good deals at thrift stores and spending time in nature, all of which makes her a perfect fit for the Northwest – and our RDF team!

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Debra Cochran, Legal Assistant

Debbie originally hails from Michigan but decided to make Oregon home. She brings with her 16+ years of top-level executive support, much of it in the Criminal Defense world. She has worked on "both sides" for prosecuting attorneys and defense attorneys, so she has a very holistic view of the entire process. Her biggest gift is helping the clients understand the process in a way that supports and empowers them. Some of our team members have deemed her a "fairy godmother" because she always has what you're looking for, even when you don't know you need it. Whether it be guidance, snacks or a handheld vacuum that she keeps in her desk drawer! Debbie finds true joy in helping others which makes her a perfect fit for our team.

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Mischel Brooks, Legal Assistant

Mischel brings over eight years of experience working with criminal defense attorneys in the Portland Metropolitan Area. She is a rare Portland native who has a quick sense of humor, inviting personality, and an undeniable knack for making everyone around her feel comfortable. Mischel’s deep understanding of how the court system works, along with her strong work ethic, makes our clients feel secure knowing that she’s supporting their case throughout the legal process. Outside of the office, Mischel enjoys spending time with her family, especially bike riding and playing tennis with her daughter, Saphira. She is also the proud owner of a speedy Russian tortoise, Wiggles, and an adorable puppy, Sachio.

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Liz Persons, Legal Assistant

One of Liz’s favorite part about being a Legal Assistant is really getting to know our clients and the stories behind their legal case. She understands that calling a law firm to start dealing with an arrest can be really scary and is happy to provide the compassion that our clients need to move forward with confidence. Her attention to detail has impressed the rest of the legal team as well as establishing trust with both clients and the courts. Outside of the office, Liz is passionate about learning languages, traveling, and baking tasty treats, which she loves to share with the rest of the RDF Team! She spends her weekends outdoors as much as possible, hiking and skiing, searching for the many beautiful views that Oregon has to offer.

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Ami Lamb, Legal Assistant

Ami is an essential member of our legal team, bringing a positive attitude and enthusiasm for helping our clients and her team members. Ami has many years of experience in working with an Ignition Interlock Device ("IID") company, which makes her an invaluable resource for our clients. She is a 'rare' Oregon native with a love for travel. Ami has visited almost every state and national park across the U.S! After all, her motto is, "life is an adventure." When she's not at work she loves to stay active and never turns down an opportunity to visit unfamiliar places and meet new people. Some of her favorite things to do are random dance parties with her children, coaching her daughter's softball team, singing and playing her guitar. Ami's zest for new experiences and her passion to work hard for our clients is truly inspiring to everyone around her.

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Nic Perry, Director of Operations

Nic Perry's role of Director of Operations provides critical behind the scenes support and direction that allows our business to run smoothly and efficiently. Nic recently moved to Oregon after growing up and attending college in Missouri. His MBA along with a diverse set of business skills allow him to be an integral part of the continued growth of Reynolds Defense Firm while providing fantastic service for our clients as well as a great place for our employees to work. He brings with him 10 years of experience working to help organizations grow and improve, along with an ability to think critically, and fantastic technical skills. He and his wife are enjoying exploring the Oregon outdoors with hiking, rock climbing and snowboarding. In his free time, he enjoys tackling new projects like woodworking, working on cars and building websites.

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Susan Moriyama, Operations

Susan Moriyama is our Operations Assistant. As part of our Operations Team, Susan helps the business machine run efficiently, all while maintaining a fantastic offbeat sense of humor. Originally from a small town in Ohio, she moved to Oregon after spending several years in Washington D.C. and Tokyo. Susan brings 15+ years of experience working in the investment industry as a Performance Measure Analyst, but she’s also been an English Teacher, Classical Dance Instructor and a Japanese-English translator. Her diverse background gives her the ability to be flexible and solution oriented as the firm continues to grow, which is fortunate because we are growing quickly! When Susan isn’t busy helping our team, she spends a lot of time reading, doing math and cooking. As a relatively new Portland resident with an adventurous spirit, Susan enjoys exploring and finding the city’s hidden gems with her husband and 11-year-old son.

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Tammy Reynolds, Director of Brand Integrity & Growth

Tammy Reynolds is our Director of Brand Integrity and Growth. Tammy’s great mix of creativity and straightforward logic has been instrumental in growing the Reynolds Defense Firm as a business while allowing us to remain true to the core values and beliefs that make us so successful. You may notice an uncanny similarity in Dan’s last name and Tammy’s. This is not a coincidence! Nineteen years ago Tammy agreed to marry Dan, and she’s been happily stuck with his last name and smiling face ever since. Outside the office, Tammy loves Cross Fit training, being outdoors, and of course, their son Jack who is now officially a teenager.

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Destiny Van Rooy, Client Experience Coordinator

Destiny recently decided to take her decade long knowledge of the criminal justice system and her amazing skills in connecting with people in a new direction. The marketing department welcomed her hard work and dedication with open arms. Destiny has extensive experience with much of our behind-the-scenes work and knowledge of the criminal case process. That background along with her creativity helps our brand continue to grow, by making sure that the human element of the legal experience is not lost on the good people we represent. Outside of work, Destiny spends her time crafting and exploring the art and music-scene with her husband, London. She isn't shy about her wicked sugar addition or her love of good coffee, good food, and good conversations.

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Derica Waller, Blue Binder Project Senior Coach

Derica’s enthusiasm for helping others couples well with her 20+ years of experience as a master level therapist, and we truly value her as a team member. As a coach herself, Derica gets to bring over two decades of experience to inspire positive, lasting changes for her clients. As a manager, Derica provides energy and leadership to the other coaches in our BBP program. She offers the necessary support to ensure the success of each coach in helping our client’s meet their personal goals to bring out their truest and best selves. Her mission at RDF is to be in a constant state of growth, herself, in order to continue to help every client who needs us. She loves that everyone at RDF really believes in what they do, and while there are certain ideas our team talks about, we live by our beliefs daily. When Derica’s not working, she loves to garden, hike through the Pacific Northwest coast range, and hang out with her husband and 2 kids. She also enjoys yoga—when there’s time for Derica to practice yoga, her life gets that much better!

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Angela Droege, Blue Binder Project Program Coordinator

As the Blue Binder Project Program Coordinator, Angela uses her proactive problem-solving skills to help coordinate and evolve BBP. She is organized, detail oriented, and has great follow through which is why she is perfect for her role. She brings with her 10+ years of background in the real estate industry, and has filled in for a variety of positions at RDF over the last several years. That experience and insight, along with her lively and inquisitive personality, is just what the BBP program needs to seek out opportunities for growth. Outside of the firm, she loves spending time with her husband and teenage son, hiking, campfires and making crazy smoothies & juices!

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