Mitzi Sundheim, originally from Makoti, North Dakota, has worked in the legal field for over 36 years, having worked the last 29 years for Judith Howard. Her responsibilities include creation of estate planning documents and business entity documents. In addition to her paralegal work, she is the Office Manager and Bookkeeper. She is a member of the Western Dakota Association of Legal Assistants. Mitzi and her husband, Jaycin, are the parents of four children and four grandchildren.
Lorelee Clay joined Howard & Associates, in 1993. She is a native of Minot, North Dakota and graduated from Minot High School. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Minot State University and a Paralegal Certificate from the University of Minnesota. Lorelee also worked as an educator for four years. She is a member of the Western Dakota Association of Legal Assistants and has served as Past President, Treasurer and Region Director. She has worked as a paralegal for over 33 years.
Lorelee assists attorneys with probate and trust settlement processes. She manages the trust funding process by assisting clients with the transfer of assets into their trust or business entity. Lorelee also handles a wide range of estate planning, real estate and business entity matters.
Lorelee and her husband, Roger, are the parents of five children and twelve grandchildren.
Afton Basden earned her Associate’s Degree and a Paralegal Certificate from the University of Alaska, Anchorage in 2002 and has worked as a paralegal since that time in various offices. She joined Howard & Associates, in 2008, and assists attorneys with probate, estate planning, real estate matters and business entity planning.
Afton has been a member of the Western Dakota Association of Legal Assistants (WDALA) since 2002, and attained her Certified Paralegal (“CP”) credential from the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) in 2005. Afton has held several offices within WDALA, including Regional Director, Secretary, and NALA Liaison. She is currently the President for WDALA.
Afton has been a life-long military dependent, and grew up primarily in Alaska and Germany. She met her husband, Cecil, while he was stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska, and the Air Force eventually brought the family to Minot, North Dakota in 2002. Cecil and Afton have two children, Christopher and Allison.
Donna Seright has worked as a paralegal in the legal field for over twenty-five years. Donna joined Howard & Associates, in November, 2013, on a part-time basis. She assists the attorneys with probate and real estate matters.
As the front desk receptionist, Danette Brothers is the scheduling coordinator for the office and also handles accounts receivable. She is a native of Minot and joined Howard & Associates in 2012.
Krys Zorbaugh graduated from Minot State University with Cum Laude honors. She joined Howard & Associates, in September, 2016 as the LifePlan Coordinator and administrative assistant. Krys brings with her nearly 20 years of office administrative experience and assists the firm with general office administration and event planning.
Originally from San Diego, California, Krys moved to Minot in 2010 from the San Francisco Bay area. She is a playwright and former award winning amateur winemaker. She is active in Minot’s thriving theatre community as an actor and director, and board member with Mouse River Players. She has also been active with Minot State University Summer Theater since 2012.
Krys is married to retired U.S. Air Force Air Traffic Controller, George Zorbaugh, one of Minot Air Force Base’s current civilian Air Traffic Controllers. Together they have four cats, a dog, and two granddaughters, Laurelai and Evelyn.