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Stephanie L. Dunn

Stephanie L. Dunn was raised on north east side of Indianapolis, Indiana. She attended Cathedral High School on an academic scholarship. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology, with minors in Educational and Counseling Psychology from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana in 1992. There she was the Lionel J. Nieman Scholarship Recipient in Criminology; and was admitted to the Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology. She then sat for the State Board became a Certified Probation Officer for the State of Indiana.

Stephanie has worked in many capacities with children, families, and at risk youth; through employment in the social services, assessment and care coordination for children in state custody and working with families toward reunification. In 1997 while residing in South Korea, she was a volunteer with the Army Family Support Group and trained as an Army Family Team Building (AFTB)/Family Advocate, Master Instructor. In 1999 she earned her paralegal certificate and graduated from that program with the Presidential Excellence Award, the highest honor for the course. Stephanie worked as a paralegal for several years in criminal, civil litigation, and family law cases.  

In 2005, she attended Thomas M. Cooley School of Law in Lansing, Michigan where she was a Gold Medal Finalist in the Client Counseling Competition and a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board. She earned her Juris Doctor in 2008 and returned to Indiana. She spent several years working in corporate insurance defense until returning to her passion; working with children and families.

Stephanie has been a Registered Domestic Relations Mediator in the State of Indiana since 2014. She has been a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem since 2009 with Kid’s Voice of Indiana and since 2017 with the Hamilton County CASA/GAL program; has received training as a Therapeutic Foster Parent; and is trained in child sexual abuse advocacy by Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children, through Susie’s Place Child Advocacy Center. Stephanie is also a member of the Indiana Association of Mediators.