Melinda Huddleston, Legal Assistant
I was born in Fulton, Missouri and grew up in the small rural town of Auxvasse, Missouri. I began working for Sears & Roebuck immediately following graduation from high school in 1983. After meeting my husband, we married in 1985 and relocated to a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. We started our family early and raised two son's Dustin, and Jacob. I began a career in the dental field after graduating from Al-Med Academy as a certified Dental Assistant. I spent 12 years sitting chairside and working for two doctors, in the O'Fallon and Town and Country Missouri areas.
As our son's grew and became more involved in sports and school activities, I made the decision to become a stay at home mom, and enjoyed every moment I could with volunteering, chairing school activities, and driving carloads of boys to games and practices. Whew what a busy and wonderful time!
After our children began their college years, I once again returned to the work force part-time and enjoyed a few different jobs including acquiring my Real-estate license. It was shorty following this point that my husband's corporate job began to relocate us to many new cities, we lived in Clearwater, FL, Tallahassee, FL, New Mexico and Phoenix, AZ areas before returning to Kansas City, Missouri. It was there that my children and I lost my husband of 33 years unexpectedly to illness and I made the decision to move to Lake Ozark to be near my children, family and friends.
This move and relocation brought me to the O'Donnell Law Center where I began working in December of 2018 as the office legal assistant. Under the supervision of the Center's attorney, I work closely with all members of our wonderful and knowledgeable staff in all divisions of our office's expertise. Those include, our family law division, criminal law, state and federal, estate planning and probate, I have learned so much from this team of professionals and I am eager to continue contributing to the success of our office and clients.