Ottawa County Probate Court

Danita Gilbert-Conway has served as a Magistrate in Ottawa County since 2009. She presides over hearings in Juvenile and Probate Court. Magistrate Gilbert-Conway graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree from The Ohio State University in 1984, and received her J.D. from the Moritz College of Law in 1988. Beginning in 1992, Magistrate Gilbert-Conway served as a magistrate in the Huron County Juvenile Court.

Emily Gerber began working as the Ottawa County Juvenile and Probate Court Administrator and Magistrate in 2016. Prior to her position in the Court, she worked as an Assistant Prosecutor in Ottawa County for four years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Bowling Green State University in Music Education in 2008, and then attended the University of Toledo College of Law, earning her J.D. in 2011.

Susan Jenkins has worked for the Ottawa County Probate Court since May 1998. Her duties include accepting filings for admission to probate, issuing marriage licenses, preparing entries, and scheduling hearings and status conferences. She also serves as a Court Investigator in guardianship and Adult Protective Services cases. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo in Business Administration. Prior to her service at the Court, Susan worked as a clerk for the Oak Harbor Public Library.

Jennifer Simpson serves as a Deputy Clerk in both the Juvenile and Probate Courts. She is also the coordinator for the Ottawa County Volunteer Guardianship Program. She is a graduate of Port Clinton High School and BGSU Firelands.

Ann Johnson has worked for the Ottawa County Probate and Juvenile Court since 2014. She serves as a Deputy Clerk in Probate Court and as the Juvenile Court’s Specialized Docket Coordinator for the Family Dependency Docket – H.O.P.E. (Helping Our Parents Excel). As the H.O.P.E. Coordinator, Ann attends all court hearings and conferences in abuse, neglect and dependency cases where parents are participants in the H.O.P.E. program. She conducts eligibility screening for potential participants, facilitates treatment team meetings and Court hearings, and collects data from service providers working with each family. Ann monitors each participant’s progress weekly and ensures compliance with program policies and procedures. Prior to her service at the Court, Ann worked for the State of Ohio Industrial Commission in Toledo.