Melissa Wiatrak (Office Manager, Bankruptcy Paralegal) began working in the legal field in Kansas City shortly after graduating from Pittsburg State University. She worked in the legal department at Leggett & Platt, Incorporated prior to joining our team in January 2004. Melissa is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Carthage, where she served a three-year term as a deacon. She is also a licensed Zumba instructor, teaching classes weekly at her church.
Becky Stump (System Administrator) is a graduate of Jasper High School in Jasper, Missouri. Becky is a successful local business owner and avid supporter of Jasper sports. She joined our team in February 2005.
Janet Waggoner (Probate Paralegal) is a graduate of Carthage High School and she attended classes at Missouri Southern State University while working part-time for a local engineering firm. She began working in the legal field in 1986 prior to joining our team in September 1996.
Matt Clements (Family Law Paralegal) joined our team in May 2016. He graduated from Missouri Southern State University in 2002 and has worked in the legal field since 2009. His specialties are family law and criminal matters.
Sara Kersh (Estate Planning, Real Estate Paralegal) has been a resident of the Four States for 20 years. She is a graduate of Denison University, Granville, Ohio and attended De Paul College of Law in Chicago. She has a background in real estate and banking and law. She joined our team in March 2010.
Carisa Sandoval (Front Office Administrator) joined our team in August 2016. Worked for the Newton County Prosecutor’s office for seven years prior to joining Checkett & Pauly. Previously served in the United States Air Force.