Tori Kennealy’s journey to the Valley began in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. After graduating from college in Minnesota, Tori packed-up what she could fit in her car and moved to Arizona. She had no connections in Phoenix, but had made her mind up. “It was time I lived somewhere warm after spending my whole life in the Midwest!”
Outgoing and fun to be with, Tori’s leadership qualities set her apart. She is not one to shy away from challenges. During her high school years in Alexandria, she competed at the state level as a DECA student. She earned her BA in Criminal Justice & Human Relations through St. Cloud State University – Minnesota (Go Huskies!).
In 2018, Tori was awarded the Minnesota Association of County Probation Officer (MACPO) scholarship while interning with Stearns County Community Corrections. Her cases involved high-risk juveniles, drug court, and adult mental health clients. Although her initial goal was a career in probation and corrections, she found herself gravitating more toward the “fascinating legal processes behind the scenes.”
Through a combination of educational and professional experiences, Tori has worked with those facing difficult, sometimes life-altering situations. As client coordinator, she takes pride in being the “go-to” person for case assistance and encouragement. And to lend a listening ear to the client who just needs to talk to someone who understands and cares.
Tori thrives on helping families in the community, especially vulnerable women and children. While in college, she spent two years volunteering at a domestic violence shelter. In what Tori describes as “a very humbling experience,” she handled crisis calls, intake, and child care.
Always on the go, Tori has been hiking desert trails and exploring the city. She loves trying new restaurants (her favorite food is sushi) and working out at the gym. Given the town where she grew up is surrounded by lakes and streams, it’s no wonder Tori is an experienced kayaker. Her newest hobby is xeriscaping or, as she puts it, “wasting money on succulents only to unintentionally kill them three weeks later.”
Hockey is big with Tori, her favorite team is the Minnesota Wild. In the off season, she watches documentaries about complex criminal cases and, for a laugh, movies and episodes that play to her dry sense of humor, such as Parks and Rec and The Office. That wry sense of humor fits nicely here in the desert, just like Tori.