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Professional Development Director

Carroll is a seasoned human resources professional dedicated to supporting a Varnum culture that places the highest value on sustaining and building relationships based on mutual respect and trust. She is committed to balancing business needs with the best interests of the people and played a key role in developing the Firm’s Good2Great tradition. In conjunction with Varnum’s long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion, Carroll was instrumental in establishing the Diversity & Inclusion Council in 2007. The Council is a representative group of local leaders who share a desire to make Varnum – as well as our community – a more inclusive, welcoming place to live, work and "call home."

After more than 25 years, Carroll has assumed a new role as Director of Professional Development. She will focus her creative energies and knowledge of Varnum on attorney recruitment and retention.


Honors & Recognitions

  • 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan, 2012
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce "Building Bridges Award," 2012
  • NALS of West Michigan "Legal Professional of the Year," 2004
  • YWCA Tribute! "Women of Achievement," 2004

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of Legal Administrators
  • Hello West Michigan, Board member
  • Society for Human Resource Management

Community Involvement

  • Gilda’s Club – LaughFest
  • Goodwill Ambassador
  • Grand Rapids African American Health Institute
  • Talent 2025

News & Publications


University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
B.A., History/Social Science
Secondary Teaching Certificate

Wayne State University
Guidance & Counseling

Albion College

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