KRISTEN O’NEIL, Legal Assistant
Kristen O’Neil lives in Mount Pleasant and is from the Boston suburbs. She and her family moved to Mount Pleasant in 2004. Kristen has a diverse background which stems from her love and empathy for people of all ages and walks of life.
Prior to relocating to South Carolina she worked for a Home Health Care Agency in a small port town called Newburyport, Massachusetts where she cared for those in need of Hospice and other ailments for approximately 8 years. Her next adventure was working in Sales & Customer Service at Delta Airlines, Inc. at Boston’s Logan Airport. She resigned shortly after September 11, 2001 and was blessed to be able to stay at home and raise her daughter and take classes part-time.
Kristen graduated from Trident Technical College in 2008 with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Upon attending a job fair she encountered a recruiting officer for the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center which paved the way for her position as a Detention Officer. Kristen loved working at the jail and assisting the detainees with their daily routines and needs and most of all, empathized when nobody else would listen, especially on holidays and their children’s birthdays, etc.
After almost 5 years with the Al Cannon Detention Center, Kristen was injured off the job and decided to go back to school to become a Paralegal. Kristen is currently in the Trident Technical College paralegal program where she met both Mary Lee (Hutson) Briggs and Chris Inglese who were her professors.
DIANA UTRERA, Interpreter
Diana grew up in Mexico and United States as generations of her family worked the fields of California. During this time she would attend summer school in California and the rest of her school year in a rural village school in Jalisco, Mexico. Because of Diana’s she was able to learn, explore, and enjoy many places between these two wonderful countries. Since Diana was a young girl she has loved helping others, especially in the Hispanic community, because of the language barriers.
Diana moved with her family to South Carolina in November 2002. After having children Diana took a break from working several jobs to take care of her family. As a stay home mom, Diana would still run around helping family and friends with legal, health, and paper work matters. Diana then made the decision to go back to school and is pursuing an Associate Degree in Homeland Security at Trident Tech and will start working on her Paralegal Certification. Diana is the second member of her family to attend college. Diana has had many obstacles in her life but has remained positive and believes that but nothing is impossible to achieve if you really want it and are willing to work hard.
Diana began working for Inglese & Associates in the Summer of 2016 and looks forward to using her bilingual skills to do what she enjoys the most, help others.