Attorney at Anderson Hansell PC

When and why did you move to Hermiston?

My family moved to Hermiston when I was about a year old. I went away for college, and returned in 2000 after law school to practice law with my father, George Anderson. Soon after, I met my husband and that’s when I knew I was here to stay.

Where is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?

Shiki! Even my two sons love salmon sushi, and my daughter can eat her weight in rice.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to play with my family, run for fun, read, and share dinners with friends. I make sure to tell my children when I have done something fun, because when my eldest son was in first grade, his “ode to Mommy” for Mother’s Day was mostly about how much I like doing laundry. With three children, I do a lot of laundry!

What surprises you about Hermiston?

Hermiston’s population has increased considerably, but the number of lawyers has not. When my father, George Anderson, arrived in 1976, there was about the same number of lawyers then as there is now.

What was the last book you read?

“All You Can Ever Know” by Nicole Chung. The author is of Korean descent and was adopted as an infant and raised in a small Oregon town in the 1980s and ‘90s. It is her memoir of growing up in a largely white community by loving parents, and then finding her birth family in her late 20s when she was pregnant with her first child. It is a beautiful book.

What website or app do you use most other than Facebook?

While I do chores and run by myself, I usually listen to books on tape through the free Libby app.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

I would love to go to Egypt, see the great pyramids, ride a camel and eat Egyptian food. I don’t think that’s in the cards for a long time, though. Traveling as a family these days is a lot of fun, but it resembles a National Lampoon’s vacation.

What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?

There are plenty to choose from, so I will relay one that my husband particularly loves: I was once picking wild blackberries and I accidentally got my hair stuck in the blackberry bush. It took me a while to escape, and when I did, there was a giant mess of blackberry vines attached to the top of my head. My dad, laughing the whole time, cut the vines out of my hair. It was opening day of bird hunting season, and I went with my husband (then my fiancée) to the farm that evening for a barbecue with the 40-50 people who were bird hunting on the farm that day. There was a tradition of giving awards at the end of the day, and I was very surprised when they called my name for an award. My father-in-law, Ty Hansell, and Mike Mehren had fashioned blackberry vines into a crown and, with great pomp and circumstance, they presented it to me as an award. It was hilarious! I wish I could remember the name of the award, as it was as equally funny as the crown and the flourish in which Ty set it atop my head. Ty had a great sense of humor, and with Mike’s clever wit, they put everyone in stitches.

What is one of your goals for the next 12 months?

As one of two new directors of the Hermiston School Board, my goal for the next 12 months is to help our community’s kids receive a safe and quality education at our schools from exceptional teachers in a positive and caring environment.

I love our community and there is so much potential. I am very excited about this opportunity.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

I have two: my family and my career. My family brings me joy and wonderment; my career challenges me and I feel useful.

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