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Amanda Lynn

Amanda Ikerd Lynn

Firm Manager

Amanda Ikerd Lynn has lived in Union County the majority of her life. While in high school and college, she worked part-time with the firm and continued to help during her years at college. Amanda joined the firm full time in August of 2010, as the head paralegal and client liaison and since has worked her way up to our Firm Manager. Amanda has been an integral part of the firm and is now the Office Manager for the firm and serves as the point of contact for clients and court personnel with our office.

Amanda holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Gardner-Webb University.

Melissa Jernigan


Born in Charlotte, and raised in Union County, North Carolina, Melissa has never wavered in her desire to serve her native community. Melissa graduated from Sun Valley High School and earned her Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice from South Piedmont Community College in 2013.

Since Melissa joined our firm, she provides support services for our attorneys and serves as a point of contact for clients. Melissa takes the time to speak with each client about their individual issues, to ensure that she understands the client's specific needs in order to provide the best possible assistance. It is Melissa's primary objective to make our clients feel as comfortable as possible, during what is most often one of the most difficult times of their lives.

Kristin Patera

Kristin Patera


Kristin Patera has resided in Union County the majority of her life, and calls Union County home. Kristin is a graduate of Forest Hills High School, and she furthered her education in the customer service industry after graduation.

Kristin joined the firm after spending eight years in the customer service industry at several local businesses, serving as the supervisor a majority of this time. Kristin uses her skills and her calming voice to help clients deal with their stressful situations. She understands that clients need someone who can relate to them and help guide them in their time of need.

Amanda Sells

Amanda Sells


Prior to joining Collins Family Law Group, Amanda earned her Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Technology from Central Piedmont Community College. Amanda applies the skills that she learned in school to assist the attorneys. Amanda also works directly with clients as a liaison, and her goal is to get to know each client and to approach their case with care and understanding.

Amanda is a native of Charlotte and has called Union County home for the majority of her life. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys rock climbing with her husband.

Toni Riggins

Toni Riggins


Toni Riggins is the first friendly voice heard on the phone at Collins Family Law Group. She is the office receptionist. Toni has over 20 years of office experience. She has the ability to make you feel comfortable while going through an uncomfortable situation.

Melissa Ibarra


Melissa earned her Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies from King’s College and her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Strayer University.

Melissa began working in the legal field at the young age of 18 years old. She previously worked with the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s office as well as the Jury Management Office in downtown Charlotte.

She is very passionate about working closely with clients and assisting them through difficult times. She enjoys building a rapport with everyone she works with and ensuring that she is always a friendly person to encounter.

In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music and spending time with her family.

Teresa Godwin

Accounts Manager

Teresa has lived in Union County all her life. She has an extensive background in business development and adminstration as she has owned several small businesses in Union County. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and enjoying the outdoors.

As Accounts Manager, Teresa brings a flair for client communications and an understanding attitude to develop and manage accounts and to maintain favorable and long lasting client relationsips.

Margaret Trimble

Accounting Clerk

Margaret Trimble grew up north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in an area very much like Union County. She moved to Monroe in 2008 to be near her children. Maggie, as we call her, earned a BA in Management and Finance from Chatham University in Pittsburgh and an Associate in Applied Science in Accounting from Butler County Community College. Most recently, she served as the Administrator/Finance Director at a large, local real estate office. Prior to that, she was the Finance Director at several not-for-profit agencies. Both areas place a high priority on client service and doing the right thing for the client and the company. She strives to bring that understanding to serve the clients at Collins Family Law Group.

Rebekah Mangum


Rebekah was born and raised in Union County, leaving only during her college years to pursue her Bachelor of Science Degree in Legal Office Administration in Florida. Upon receiving her degree, she returned to the Charlotte area where she served as a paralegal at a large real estate firm before taking the opportunity to pursue her real passion in family law and joining our team at Collins Family Law Group. Growing up as one of ten children provides Rebekah with unique and valuable experience in assisting families in all shapes and sizes through the divorce process. Rebekah’s objective as a paralegal is to assist each and every client with compassion, understanding and thorough detail.

Victoria Rowell Hoogland


Victoria Rowell Hoogland was born and raised in Union County, North Carolina. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and holds a B.S. in Business Administration. Prior to joining Collins Family Law Group, Victoria worked as a bank teller throughout college and as a paralegal for a large real estate law firm for five years. Victoria draws on her past work experiences when helping clients deal with the difficult situations that often arise in family law matters. In her spare time, she loves working on her family’s farm and spending time with her horses and cows.

Sandy McManus

Office Assistant

Sandy is from Charlotte, North Carolina, and has lived in the Charlotte area all of her life. She has worked extensively in customer service for the last 35 years, including serving as a manager for a local restaurant for over 30 years. Sandy makes certain all of our offices are well-equipped and organized. She also helps organize many of our after-hour and non-profit events as well. When she is not at work, Sandy is caring for (and organizing) her family and loved ones.

Stacey Elegado

North Carolina Certified Paralegal

Stacey was born and raised in a small town in Upstate New York, but she has called Charlotte home for over 20 years. She earned her Associates in Arts Degree from Central Piedmont Community College and graduated Magna Cum Laude from UNC Charlotte with a BA in Psychology.

Stacey has over 20 years experience as a family law paralegal. Her focus is domestic litigation and she has assisted with numerous trials, depositions and mediations. Her extensive knowledge of family law provides clients with the confidence they need to get them through the domestic court process.

Stacey has been a North Carolina Certified Paralegal since its inception in 2006. Stacey is also a member of the Paralegal Division of the North Carolina Bar Association.

In her spare time, she enjoys practicing yoga and volunteering with Great Dane Friends of Ruff Love.

Jennifer Keiser

Jennifer Keiser

North Carolina Certified Paralegal

Jennifer was born and raised in the mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania and has resided in Charlotte for the past twenty years. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Lycoming College, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Jennifer has worked as a family law paralegal for over sixteen years. Although her focus has been primarily on litigation, Jennifer also assists with the mediation and arbitration of cases in an effort to reduce the conflict that typically accompanies family law matters. Jennifer empathizes with families as they face this difficult time in their lives and her goal is to guide clients through this complex process with compassion and understanding.

Jennifer has been a North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal since 2006. She is currently a member of The North Carolina State Bar Paralegal Division, as well as a member of the North Carolina Bar Association Paralegal and Family Law Divisions.

Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys spending time with friends and family, including her husband Jeff and pooch Sierra.

Brooke Reid

Brooke Reid

Legal Assistant

Brooke Reid was born and raised in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. She graduated from Queens Grant High School a year ahead of her class. Brooke is currently enrolled at Central Piedmont Community College where she is actively pursuing a degree in Business Administration. During the last six years, Brooke has worked extensively in Accounts Receivable, Office Management, and Customer Relations. She utilizes these experiences to better support the needs of our staff, and most importantly, our clients.

When she is away from the office, Brooke enjoys taking her Jeep Wrangler on scenic drives, as well as spending time with friends and family.

Elizabeth Cribbs

Elizabeth Cribbs


Elizabeth Cribbs is originally from New York and spent a majority of her childhood in Charlotte, North Carolina. For the past 13 years, she has lived in Clover, South Carolina with her husband and two children. Elizabeth earned her Associates Degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Paralegal Studies from York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina. During her studies, she interned at the York County Coroner’s Office and small law firms.

Elizabeth has focused primarily on domestic litigation throughout her paralegal career. Elizabeth understands the difficulties clients face during stressful times and is compassionate to their individual needs. She is very detail orientated and strives to provide superior customer service.

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