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Title 26 Guardian ad Litem biographies

Cowlitz County Title 26 Guardian ad Litem Registry

Beth Fellows
Reconnecting Families Visitation Services, LLC
(360) 577-2970

BS in Psychology, Portland State University 1990, 20 years GAL experience including Title 13 dependency cases since 2000 (400+ appointments in Cowlitz County), Title 26 Family Law matters since 2012 (150+ appointments in Cowlitz County); 500+ hours of training including, but not limited to, family dynamics, family conflict, child development, child safety, child abuse/neglect, substance use, domestic violence, mental health, ethics/bias, cultural diversity/sensitivity, visitation, parenting plans, etc.  I also provide professionally supervised visitation services and have since 2014. I am a Member of AFCC (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts) and WA-AFCC. 

Ann Hight
(360) 430-4031

I am a lifelong resident of Cowlitz County with wide-ranging interests and experience that uniquely equip me for my work as a Guardian ad Litem. For over 7 years I served as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) speaking on behalf of abused and neglected children of all ages.  As an ordained pastor with the Christian and Missionary Alliance (retired), I oversaw children’s, women’s, and family programs.  I also did counseling with individuals and families in crisis.  I was a member of the Pacific Northwest District licensing and ordination body.  I served in this role for over 12 years.  I participate on various community boards and committees. I taught private piano lessons for 20 years, homeschooled our three children, and am a cookie-baking grandmother to five. In my years as a Guardian ad Litem I have undertaken investigations and crafted reports for the court for families with children from newborn to teen years.  I am aware that the world of family law can be confusing.  It is my goal to provide information to the court that is comprehensive and impartial.

Heather Kahl
(971) 333-0621

My name is Heather Kahl. I am a Title 26 Guardian ad Litem in both Clark and Cowlitz County I am also a Mentor and Arts educator in Vancouver, Washington. The great joy of my life has been working with children from a variety of backgrounds and experiences in an effort to give them a safe space to grow, learn and find their place in the world. Before I became an educator, I spent many years working in a variety of positions including a group home for young women experiencing homelessness and other familial challenges. I am excited about expanding my experience in serving the youth in Cowlitz County as a Title 26 Guardian Ad Litem. After 20 years of working with children and teens, I have learned that when we teach our children that their voices matter, that their thoughts have power and that their ears are their most important asset, we build more empathetic and intelligent communities. I look forward to serving the families of Cowlitz County.

Robin Jones
(509) 630-2278

BS Interdisciplinary Social Sciences [Psychology, Sociology, Law & Justice] from Central WA University, Associate in Technical Sciences-Criminal Justice with a Certificate in Corrections. I serve as a Title 26 (Domestic Relations) GAL in Cowlitz, Chelan & Clark Counties; I have 14+ years of experience and I have been appointed to 110+ cases. I have specialized training in Child Advocacy, Sexual Assault (child/adult), Domestic Violence (child/adult), Juvenile Justice, Crime Victim Advocacy, Corrections, Healthcare, Education, Municipal Government and Public Information. I have served as a Title 13 GAL (CASA-Dependency) in Chelan County. Curriculum Vitae 2004-2019 available upon request.


Karen Lawrence
KLGroup Inc.
(360) 425-1647

20 years of experience working for KL Group.  I’ve conducted intake interviews for Keith Lawrence in adoption cases.  I’ve been a GAL since 2017 and have been on the registries in Cowlitz, Wahkiakum and Pacific Counties.  I have been a GAL on 29 cases since my appointment to the Cowlitz County GAL Registry.  Mental health cases are my specialty.


Keith Lawrence
KLGroup Inc.
(360) 425-1647

BA in Psychology, 48 years of experience in Criminal Justice and Social Services, 25 years as a Juvenile Probation Officer, 4 years as a case worker for DSHS and 40 years conducting home studies for stepparent/grandparent adoptions. Expert witness as independent home study investigator in contested DSHS adoption matters, 48 years of case planning, resource utilization, report writing and testimony, have been on Cowlitz County GAL registry since 2017. I’m on the GAL registries in Cowlitz, Wahkiakum and Pacific counties.  

Amy Turnbull
(971) 704-1988

Amy Turnbull is a Title 26 (Family Law) Guardian ad Litem in Cowlitz, Lewis, and Clark Counties, and has been since 2021. In 2023, Dr. Turnbull also became a Title 11.130 (Adult Guardianship) Court Visitor. Dr. Turnbull holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from The Colorado College and a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University. Prior to moving to southwest Washington, Dr. Turnbull had a private practice where she collaborated with other practitioners and taught at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health as an adjunct faculty. Her specialized training includes, but is not limited to, health and medicine, mental health, sexual assault, domestic violence, addiction disorders, physical disabilities, education, ethics/bias, and cultural diversity.

Sheri Evald
(360) 562-2505

I have been a resident of Cowlitz County for more than thirty years. After raising four children in the area, I now enjoy being a grandma to five little ones, and I am a proud matriarch that cherishes extended relationships with many cousins and multiple generations of little ones. I have been a business woman in our area for decades, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Business Marketing & Management in 2006. What I value most about working in the field of Business is the ability to work closely with people. I spent 12 wonderful years working/managing youth programs and thoroughly enjoyed this endeavor.  For the past 17 years, I have worked as a real estate agent and attribute my success in that field to caring about people and the ability to work calmly and diligently in the midst of stressful situations. I have had a life long desire to advocate for people in all walks of life.  I am passionate about children/young people and care deeply about their needs, especially through difficult times in their lives.  I believe the humanity that stems from my family experiences, combined with wisdom in the capacity to navigate difficult financial, legal, and other regulatory systems, will serve Cowlitz County GAL program positively.

Sherri Farr
Phone: 360-910-8792

Tracie Grindstaff
Office: 360-952-8820

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