After serving four years on active duty in the United States Air Force as a Command Post Crew Commander, Ms. Willke attended Southern Illinois University. She received her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in 2000 with a major in History and minor in Political Science. She earned her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2004, where she graduated magna cum laude and was elected for membership in the Order of the Coif. While at the University of Pittsburgh, Ms. Willke served as the Senior Managing Editor of the Law Review and was a Teaching Assistant for Legal Research and Writing. After graduating from law school, Ms. Willke was a litigation associate with the Pittsburgh law firm of Babst, Calland, Clements & Zomnir, P.C., where her practice included commercial, construction and environmental litigation, as well as other types of complex litigation matters. She is currently a member of the Pennsylvania Bar.