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Court of Wills, Estates & Probate




Lori Frank, Court Administrator

Lori Frank is a graduate of the University of New Mexico. Having worked for the probate court since 1999, she has a broad knowledge of probate law and the operation of the court. She helped to write the New Mexico Probate Judges Manual and often assists other probate judges, the public and attorneys with questions about probate issues. Prior to working for Bernalillo County, Lori was a legal assistant. Lori is the Court Administrator and also serves as a liaison for the department, managing the day-to-day operations of the court.




Veronica Ortega, Court Supervisor

Veronica Ortega is the court supervisor. Veronica has been a part of the court staff since August of 2014 and became the supervisor in 2019. Veronica is a graduate of National American University. She holds an Associate’s Degree in medical administrative assistant and looks forward to returning to school to earn her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.


Bonny Wells, Probate Court Technician II

Bonny Wells is the court technician II. Bonny joined the probate team in August of 2018 as a contract employee. She was hired by the county in April of 2019. Bonny attended New Mexico State University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Government.


Shamika Giles-Richter, a.k.a. Sam, Probate Court Clerk

Shamika Giles is the probate court clerk and is the newest member of the probate team. She began working with the court in August on 2019 as a contract employee. She was hired by county in February of 2020. Sam attended Grand Canyon University where she graduated with Bachelor’s in music and performance and a Master’s in early childhood phycology. And is currently working on obtaining another masters in music and psychiatry.




Glenda Henry, Probate Court Clerk (contract employee)

Glenda Henry joined the probate team in February of 2016. Glenda is a contract employee working part time for the probate court. Glenda is a county retiree who worked for 25 years with the Sheriff’s Department, where she served in the sheriff’s academy and administration, liaison for the DA’s office, field services division and in the sheriff’s headquarters as an executive assistant.

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