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Angelika M. Bush, ACP and Rechtsassessorin

Paralegal to Larry R. Gaddis


Angelika is a native of Germany. After attending law school at Eberhard-Karls-University in Tübingen and graduating from the judge trainee program, she practiced law in Germany before coming to the US. In 1995, she graduated with honors from the Denver Paralegal Institute. She attained her Certified Paralegal designation from the National Association of Legal Assistants in 1998. In addition, she obtained the Advanced Certified Paralegal designation in Business Organizations in 2009 and in Estate Planning in 2017. Furthermore, she is a credentialed court interpreter in the Stte of Colorado which is the top-tiered court interpreter designation. Angelika has been the paralegal for Larry R. Gaddis since 1996.

Angelika is married to Michael Bush, a retired Green Beret. She enjoys traveling, exercising including skiing and Spartan races, and reading. She attends Rocky Mountain Calvary.

Lizzy Letellier

Legal Assistant to Derry Adams


Lizzy is a graduate from Kansas State University with a degree in Family Studies and Human Services and a certificate in Conflict Resolution. She is excited to be in the legal field after serving in the Peace Corps and working as a caseworker. She appreciates the opportunity to directly assist the community of Colorado Springs by working for Gaddis, Herd, Craw & Adams, P.C.

Lizzy follows the idea that variety is the spice of life and enjoys celebrating cultures of all kind through travel, cooking and baking, and music.

Denise Yerkey

Legal Assistant to Tom Herd


Denise has worked in the legal profession for over 20 years. Before coming to Gaddis, Herd, Craw & Adams, P.C., Denise obtained experience in criminal defense, water law, construction law, geological hazards, workers’ compensation, malpractice claims, estates and wills, and personal injury claims. She is a member of Pikes Peak Paralegals and Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. Denise has been with Gaddis, Herd, Craw & Adams, P.C. since July of 2011.

Denise was born in Akron, Ohio and has lived many places due to her father’s military service. She loves the mountains of Colorado, and enjoys gardening, motorcycle riding/charity runs, spending time with her grandchildren, and training her rescue dog.

Jeanine Benkoski

Accounting Manager


Jeanine is a graduate of the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs and is a long term resident of our fair city. She has been in the accounting field for over 35 years and has been managing the accounting department at Gaddis, Herd, Craw & Adams, P.C. for the last 20 years. Jeanine will gladly answer any billing related questions clients may have regarding their cases.

Jeanine is enjoys animals, large and small, painting, reading, knitting, and working out.

Tresa Shelton

Paralegal to Gary Craw


Tresa is originally from a small town near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from LeTourneau University, Houston, Texas and a Paralegal Certificate from Texas School of Business. She has 28 years' experience as a paralegal and has worked with Gary Craw for the past 20 years. Tresa will give each client her personal attention and assistance.

Tresa and her husband have been married for 23 years and they have one teenage son. She has been a long time member of St. Patrick’s Church. She enjoys family time and walking her Australian Shepard.

Trina Kauk

Paralegal to Tom Herd


Trina is a graduate of the Colorado College. She attained her Certified Paralegal designation from the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). She is also a member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA) and the Pikes Peak Paralegals. Trina has had over 25 years of experience in the personal injury field, specializing in litigation. She has assisted in many trials involving personal injury and medical malpractice cases.

Trina devotes her spare time to leading a nonprofit group for the historic preservation of her hometown in northern Colorado. Other interests include music, quilting, and genealogy.

Ruthann Cranford



Ruthann graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Classical & European Studies, and joined Gaddis, Herd, Craw & Adams, P.C. in 2017 after spending time working with Texas A&M Animal Science, Briaud Financial Advisors, the YMCA of the Rockies, The Girl Scouts of Central Texas and as a substitute teacher with Bryan ISD.
She is in the process of earning a master’s in Gallery Management & Exhibits Specialization, and recently had a fantastic internship with the Museums of the West in Grand Junction, CO.

Ruthann enjoys exploring the great outdoors by hiking and rock climbing, sewing and crafts when indoors, dancing, and spending time with her husband Mike, a USMC Veteran and builder of computers.

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