Judges and Court Staff

  1. Richard D. Kuhn, Jr.

    Richard D. Kuhn, Jr.

    Chief Judge
    Judge Kuhn is a lifelong resident of the Waterford area. He is a graduate of Waterford Kettering High School, Oakland University and the Detroit College of Law - Michigan State University. Prior to being elected to the Waterford bench in 2002, Judge Kuhn was a practicing attorney for 13 years. Additionally, he represented Waterford Township on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners from 1983-1990. Judge Kuhn is Co-Chairperson for the Waterford Coalition for Youth, a member of the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce, Co-Chairperson of Blessings in a Backpack (Waterford) and an Annual Sponsor of the Waterford Foundation for Public Education. He is also a member of the Michigan District Judges Association and the State Bar of Michigan. In 2004, Judge Kuhn implemented a Teen Court program at the 51st District Court, a juvenile diversion program which allows high school students to participate as jury members and lawyers, giving them a taste of how the legal system works. Judge Kuhn and his wife have four children, a sophomore at Michigan State University and three attending Waterford Schools. He and his family are members of Central United Methodist Church in Waterford.



Magistrates
Magistrates of the 51st District Court serve in a back-up capacity as the docket necessitates and provide assistance with after-hours search warrants.

  1. Russell Anderson

    Russell C. Anderson was appointed as a Magistrate at the 51st District Court on January 13th, 2015. His parents are the late Honorable Robert Charles Anderson and Francile Anderson and he has three siblings: Sally, Sue, and Robert. Russell Anderson has been married to Kristi Anderson since November 28, 1993 and is a lifelong resident of the Township of Waterford, Michigan.

    He graduated from Pontiac Central High School in 1985 and attended Michigan State University, graduating in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. Attended the University of Innsbruck, Austria and completed the Program of Studies on Global Legal Issues in 1992. He received his Jurist Doctor in 1993 from the Detroit College of Law. Russell Anderson joined the law firm of Schmidt, Isgrigg and McMillen in 1993 and is presently a Partner at the same firm, now known as Schmidt, Isgrigg, Anderson & Miller, PLLC. located in Waterford, Michigan.

    Current Member of:
    State Bar of Michigan
    Oakland County Bar Association
    American Trial Lawyers Association
    Oakland County Bar Fellow
    Waterford Chamber of Commerce


  2. Terri L. Antisdale

    Terri L. Antisdale was appointed as Magistrate at the 51st District Court in January 2011. Terri is a 1993 Graduate of Western Michigan University and 1996 cum laude graduate of the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University. Terri started her legal career as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Oakland County assigned to the district, family and circuits courts.

    She left prosecution in 2008 and became the president and owner of the Law Offices of Terri L. Antisdale, PLLC where she continues to practice criminal and family law throughout the State of Michigan. She is also actively involved in law-related educational programs at the local, state, national, and international levels.

  3. Sandra Aspinall

    Sandra Aspinall was appointed as Magistrate at the 51st District Court in 2007. She is a 1993 graduate of the University of Michigan and obtained her Juris Doctorate in 2001 from Wayne State University, graduating cum laude. She was inducted into the Order of the Coif in 2002. Ms. Aspinall served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney with the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office for five years. Ms. Aspinall has a solo practice specializing in adult and juvenile criminal defense, as well as child abuse and neglect matters. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Oakland County Bar Association, the Michigan Center for Civic Education, and the Incorporated Society of Irish-American Lawyers.

Supervisors
  1. Jen Thom

    Jen Thom is the Court Administrator of the 51st District Court. She joined the 51st District Court’s probation department in August 2004 after working as a criminal clerk at the 52-3 District Court for 3 years. In 2005, after earning accreditation through the Michigan Board of Addiction Professionals as a Certified Criminal Justice Professional, Jen was responsible for supervising a Sobriety and Domestic Violence Court caseload. In 2010, Jen was promoted to serve as the Court’s Deputy Court Administrator before being promoted to Court Administrator in 2013.

    Jen is a graduate of Central Michigan University where she earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Administration. As an undergraduate her studies focused on psychology and sociology with a concentration on social and criminal justice. Her postgraduate work targeted business administration.

  2. Kimberly Sparks

    Kimberly Sparks is the Chief Administrative Clerk at the 51st District Court. She began working at the Court in August 1989. She worked in the cash office for 11 years and was promoted to Clerk in the Courtroom for Judge McMillen in 2001. In October 2003, Kimberly Sparks was voted Employee of the Month for Waterford Township and was promoted to Criminal Supervisor in March 2004. Kimberly Sparks has earned certifications in the following areas: LEIN TAC Officer, Courtroom Audio/Video Technology, Court Electronic Operator, and various software programs.

    In May 2005, Kimberly Sparks was voted Court Employee of the Year by the Waterford Optimist Club. In November 2008, Kimberly Sparks completed the Court Management Program from the Institute for Court Management and was promoted to Chief Administrative Clerk. Kimberly Sparks graduated cum laude from Baker College in March 2011 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

  1. Jill Penfound

    Jill Penfound began working at the 51st District Court in August 2003. She worked part-time in the Civil Department for 3 years until she was hired full time in February 2006 where she continued to work in the Civil Department and as a back-up cashier. Jill Penfound was voted Employee of the Month for Waterford Township in August 2007 and she was voted Court Employee of the Year in 2008 by the Waterford Optimist Club. In October 2009, Jill Penfound received her certification in Court Recording. In September 2011, she was promoted to Civil Department Supervisor.

  1. Kelly Morgan

    Kelly Morgan began working at the 51st District Court in September of 1987 as a co-op student in the Traffic Department. Over the last 19 years, Kelly Morgan has worked in the Probation and Criminal Departments as well as the Traffic Department. Additionally, she also assists the Magistrate as a Clerk in the Courtroom. In March 2003, Ms. Morgan was promoted to Supervisor of the Traffic Department. In November 2005, Kelly was promoted to Traffic/Criminal Supervisor and is currently working on a Court Management Program (CMP) through the National Center for State Courts.

  1. Angie Reid

    Angie Reid is the supervisor of the Probation Department. She has been a full-time Probation Officer at the 51st District Court since 2004.

    She graduated from Western Michigan University in 2003 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology. She interned at the Juvenile Court in Kalamazoo for 8 months in 2003. She earned CCJP certification in 2005. In 2010, she earned her Master's Degree in Counseling from Oakland University.