Diane was raised in Southfield, MI where her parents emphasized respect for others, integrity and a dedicated work ethic. Her father was a respected grocer in Highland Park and her mom was a stay at home mom. Diane learned at an early age the impact that the criminal justice system can have on families and their futures when a robbery took place at her father’s grocery store.
Thereafter, Diane’s mother raised Diane and her two siblings as a widow teaching her children to be independent and strong. She chose to attend local colleges so that she could live at home and worked at several retail jobs to help pay for college tuition. Diane graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and English. She worked as a writer for several local publications before going to law school at the Detroit College of Law, presently Michigan State University College of Law, graduating Cum Laude. She also studied at Oxford University in England as part of her legal studies.
Since she felt the effects of crime as a child, Diane decided that she would help those victimized by criminals, serving the citizens of Oakland County as an Assistant Prosecutor for nine years. She was elected as a District Judge in the 48th District in 2000 having won all of the precincts in the district. She was reelected in 2006 and 2012. Diane is the wife of Lorenzo for 25 years, the mom of two amazing students and a hockey mom.