Staff

Sandy Ellis

Receptionist

Sandy Ellis, Receptionist for the firm has over 50 years’ experience working in the educational and judicial systems, including the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office, Willard R-2 Schools and the Missouri Court of Appeals.

Sandy graduated from Bolivar High School and attended Southwest Baptist College.  Sandy and her husband, Larry have been married for 50 years and have one child and one grandchild.

Sarah Shewmaker

Senior Paralegal

Sarah Shewmaker Paralegal to Joseph S. Passanise joined the firm in October 2013. A native of Nixa, Missouri, but has been a Springfield resident since 2007. Sarah graduated from Central High School in 2010 and possess a Bachelor’s Degree majoring in Criminal Justice. She brings with her legal and clerical experience.

Sarah Shewmaker assists Mr. Passanise in trial preparation, performing legal research, drafting legal documents, and Law Office Administration.

Rachel Veatch

Paralegal

Rachel Veatch has approximately 30 years’ experience with the judicial system. She worked as a clerk at the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office off and on for 18 years, was the major crimes secretary/Assistant Office Manager at the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office from January 4, 1999, to March 9, 2001. She served as clerk to the Juvenile Judge, Thomas E. Mountjoy, from March, 2001, to February, 2002. Rachel graduated from Wheaton High School, Wheaton, Missouri, in 1982. Rachel and her husband, Mike, have been married for 37 years and have two children, and two grandchildren.

Heather Kircher

Transcriptionist

Heather Kircher joined us in 2008 as our transcriptionist. She is a University of Florida graduate with an MBA specializing in business marketing and a Bachelor’s degree in public relations. Heather, her husband and their puppy love to be outside and enjoy all that the Ozarks has to offer.

Taegan Sumners

Personal/Legal Assistant to Dee Wampler and Joseph S. Passanise

Taegan Sumners, Personal/Legal Assistant to Dee Wampler and Joseph S. Passanise. A native of Aurora, Missouri, Taegan has been attending Drury University since 2016. 

Taegan will be graduating from Drury University in May of 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a Minor in Chemistry. She is currently in the process of applying to law school and plans to attend the fall following her graduation. She assists Mr. Wampler and Mr. Passanise in various tasks including investigation, research, and client communication. 

In Memoriam

Shawna Kipp

In business, they say everyone is replaceable. However, we have learned the hard way that’s simply not true. It is with the heaviest of hearts that we say goodbye to our friend, colleague and the glue that held us together, Shawna Kipp, our Senior Paralegal and Office Manager. She left this life tragically on January 27, 2021 and leaves behind a grieving family, colleagues, and a host of friends for whom life will not be the same without her.

Shawna had been with us for more than a decade. She was the epitome of hard work and dedication, respected from this office all the way to the courthouse and throughout the community at-large. We will miss her easy and infectious smile, her calm in the midst of chaos and her enduring friendship. Blessed are we for the opportunity to have known her and to have her as our friend. To know her was to love her.

As a champion of children of all ages and a highly devoted grandmother, Shawna would be thrilled that we are requesting donations be made in her name to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (stjude.org). Rest in peace our beautiful, irreplaceable friend.