Darci Gerdes | Attorney and Counselor at Law
About twelve years ago, my husband and I decided we wanted to raise our children outside the hustle and bustle of Orange County. Our move to Windsor, Colorado has been everything we hoped it would be: we love our community, schools, church and friends. However, as a mom of four, with children who now range in age from 9 to 17 years old, I had to find an opportunity that afforded me flexibility. For several years, I have worked “Of Counsel” for California firms and in 2017 finally decided to license in Colorado so that I could serve my community and work locally. I now have the ability to be active in my community, my church and in my home. I do return to California a few days a month for those clients who desire face to face interaction.
I have over fourteen (14) years of experience working primarily in the estate planning and trust administration areas of the law. I enjoy working with families to create a perfectly customized plan for their particular situation. I enjoy asset protection and business planning as well. I believe in the saying (paraphrase from Benjamin Franklin) “failure to plan is planning to fail.”
I earned my Juris Doctor degree from Chapman University School of Law, now known as Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law. I earned this degree as well as a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution while working and attending night school part time. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pacific Christian College (now Hope International University) while doing a major portion of coursework for my degree in Communication from California State University, Fullerton.
Sandy Ramlo | Attorney
Sandy was born and raised in Minnesota. She attended South Dakota State University (SDSU) and received her Bachelor of Arts degree with High Honors in English in 2000 and her Master of Arts degree in American Literature in 2002. After graduating, she continued teaching college composition classes at SDSU until moving to Nebraska and teaching both college composition and literature courses. She got married in 2009 and moved to California where she continued to teach.
Sandy and her husband moved to Colorado in 2012. After having taught for 10 years, Sandy decided to pursue her passion for the law and earned her Juris Doctor degree from The University of Colorado Sturm College of Law in 2016.
Sandy has devoted her legal career to advocating for employee rights, personal rights, and parents’ rights. She helps and educates people who are going through difficult times. She has experience in criminal law, civil law, civil protection orders, and Dependency and Neglect cases.
Sandy now lives in Fort Morgan and enjoys spending time with her husband and their two young children.
Since 2020, Sandy has been working at The Law Office of Darci Gerdes and looks forward to continuing to help people through estate planning and administration.
Sandy is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, and the Colorado Municipal League.
Sandy is also a school board member of Trinity Lutheran School in Fort Morgan and an active member of the Lutheran Parent Teacher League.
Amy Coxhead | Attorney
Amy is a Chicago native and graduate of the University of Illinois and the University of Miami School of Law. Juvenile advocacy became a passion for Amy through her involvement in the Junior League of Boca Raton and working as a juvenile attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County. Having been a lawyer for 30 years and spending the last two years practicing Immigration Law, Amy is enjoying her newest endeavor at the Law Office of Darci Gerdes helping clients create goals and objectives for their family assets and future plans.
Amy and her husband, Peter, have raised four kids while living in south Florida, Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Northern Colorado. Amy loves walking her dogs, yoga, golf, paddleboarding, cooking and entertaining, needlepoint, reading, Bible study with friends, playing cards after dinner, and all the beach and ski days with her family.
Makeni Cleek| Director of Operations| Paralegal
Makenli joined the team in September 2021. She has just moved to Loveland, from the Hoosier State of Indiana. Where she graduated in May of 2021 with her bachelors in Legal Studies and Communication with a minor in Civic leadership with Honors from Indiana State University. She was heavily involved in her sorority Chi Omega, Student Government Association, and Phi Alpha Delta, law fraternity, She was just married in June. She enjoys hiking, going to the movies, enjoying a good book, listening to Taylor Swift, and watching baseball. Makenli is super excited to join the team and learn more about the legal field.
Haley Abshire | Paralegal
Haley is a Paralegal at The Law Office of Darci Gerdes. She currently attends Colorado State University to receive her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and aspires to attend law school after she graduates. Haley grew up in Houston, TX and recently moved to Colorado with her partner to embrace all that Colorado has to offer. She enjoys doing yoga, hiking, camping, and learning new languages in her spare time. Haley can communicate in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language. She also obtains a passion for environmental sustainability.
Nisha Martinez | Legal Assistant
Nisha is a Colorado native born and raised in Windsor. Following graduation, she moved to Fort Collins where she has worked full time in customer service-the last 14yrs in a supervisor position of a medical office-and 3yrs later began a family. Nisha is excited to transition to her new position as a Legal Assistant with our office! When she is out of the office she is generally spending time with her daughter-helping her navigate her last year of middle school-or chatting on the phone with her son who is currently stationed a long ways away from home, serving in the United States Army. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family as much as possible, attending church and small groups, shopping and serving others.