Kirstin Norman, Executive Director

Kirstin Norman is the Executive Director and handles the administrative responsibilities for the PDA. She received a J.D. from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU in 2009, and following law school, clerked for Commissioner Patton in the 4th District. She also practiced law in Utah County, focusing on family law and juvenile court cases before taking a brief hiatus to raise her small, slightly-mischievous children. Before becoming Executive Director, Kirstin assisted with various PDA projects, including the annual conferences, beginning in 2014. She was honored to be selected to attend the Family Defense Leadership Workshop sponsored by the Casey Family Programs in 2017, and finds great fulfillment in continuing to work with parental defense leaders across the country to provide meaningful change for parents and families involved in child welfare proceedings.

Jordan Putnam, PDA President, 3rd District

Jordan is the current President of the PDA Board of Directors and area representative for the 3rd District. Jordan is a native of San Diego. Jordan moved to Utah to attend Brigham Young University, and law school at the University of Utah.

Jordan is passionate about parental defense and joined Lokken & Associates in 2013. His practice also includes divorce/custody and criminal defense.
When he isn't in the courtroom, he enjoys hiking, skiing, and picking up after his kids

Carol Mortensen, 1st District

Carol is the current President-Elect of the Parental Defense Alliance. She is a graduate of the SJ Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah where she also earned her undergraduate Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology and Sociology with a Certificate in Criminal Justice.  During law school, she studied in London, England through the London Law Consortium where she had the opportunity to shadow British barristers in courts throughout England.  After law school, Carol lived in worked in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina as a legal intern on an international team prosecuting war crimes and crimes against humanity.  Carol is a solo practitioner with a focus on domestic and criminal law.  She has maintained a contract as a Public Defender in the Juvenile Court in Weber County since 2010 handling both parental defense in child welfare and juvenile defense in delinquency cases. Prior to her career in law, Carol was a licensed substance abuse counselor where she worked with clients in inpatient treatment, prison, jail, and youth correction settings.  She has a strong background in advocating for families and helping parents and children resolve issues and reunify when possible.  Carol is an avid world traveler when she is not in the court room. 

Jason Richards, President-Elect, 2nd District

Jason is the current PDA President-Elect and represents the 2nd District. He grew up in Ogden, Utah and graduated from Ogden High School in 2000. He attended undergrad and law school at the University of Utah. Before law school, he worked for a number of years in politics, managing field operations for several state-wide initiatives and successful congressional campaigns. After graduating law school, Jason worked for two years for Weber County public defenders, mainly on capital homicide cases. He is now in private practice with offices in Ogden and Farmington. He has had a parental defense contract since 2012, is a member of Weber and Davis County Bar Association, as well as the juvenile and bankruptcy sections of the Utah State Bar, the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Utah Bankruptcy Lawyers Forum. In 2016, he was awarded the trial attorney of the year award by the PDA. Jason has extensive experience at the trial and appellate level in defending the rights of parents in child welfare matters. He lives in Farmington with his wife and 3 kids. When not at work, he can usually be found skiing, running, gardening, cooking, and playing with his kids.

 

 

Margaret Lindsay, 4th District

Margaret P. Lindsay is an Assistant Director in the Utah County Public Defender Association with responsibility over the Juvenile and Appeals Divisions. Her practice centers around juvenile and appellate public defense work. She also spent several years in private practice in Provo with the firm Esplin & Weight where she also did work in the areas of criminal defense, adoptions and family law in addition to her juvenile and appellate work. She graduated from BYU's J. Reuben Clark Law School. She currently sits on the Indigent Defense Commission, the Board of Directors for the Utah Parental Defense Alliance, and on the 4th District Juvenile Court's Child Welfare Interagency Council and Family Drug Court Committee. In the past she has served on the governing board of the Utah County Boys & Girls Club, and as a member of the Utah Supreme Court's Committee on the Utah Rules of Appellate Procedure. She is also licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Michael Rawson, 5th District

Michael Rawson grew up as an Air Force ‘brat' attending about 20 different schools across the country. He graduated from BYU in Journalism. Michael worked for 30 years as a television news reporter in Salt Lake City for KUTV and KTVX and acquired four Rocky Mountain Emmys along the way.
He went to law school at age 50. In 2002, he received his J.D. from Western State University School of Law in Fullerton, California. After passing the Utah Bar, Michael moved to St. George and began his second career. He works mostly in family law, criminal defense and child welfare. Michael has been a parental defender since 2003. He finds it has been a very satisfying challenge. In 2011, Michael received the PDA's Trial Attorney of the Year award.
On the personal side, he finally got married at age 60 to Miriam who he had met 35 years before at BYU. Michael is an avid reader of non-fiction, mostly history, and considers himself an amateur baseball historian.
Michael looks forward to his duties on the Board of Directors representing parental defenders in Southern Utah.

Mark Tanner, 7th & 8th Districts

Mark H. Tanner graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science degree from the Marriott School of Management in 1983. He pursued his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the College of Law at the University of Tulsa, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, earning his JD in 1986. He has worked as Emery County Attorney, Carbon County Public Defender, Emery County Conflicts Counsel, and in private practice. He is married to the former Nanette Hinkins. They are the parents of 10 children, and six grandchildren (so far).
Mark is active in his community. He has served as the youth baseball county league president and city commissioner. He has served on and chaired the Orangeville City Zoning and Planning Council, and chaired the Orangeville Centennial Celebration. He has served many years in the Boys Scouts of America, and currently serves as the Tavaputs District chairman. He was awarded the Silver Beaver in 2012. Mark currently serves as South Eastern Utah Bar Association (SEUBA) president, serves on the Pro Bono Committee for the Seventh Judicial District, and as a board member for Heritage Funeral Home. He was awarded the PDA Attorney of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.
He represents parents in DCFS matters, and also practices in the areas of criminal defense, bankruptcy, estate planning and other family matters. Mark loves being with his family, serving the community and cheering the youth on to responsible and productive adulthood.