Staff Biographies

Hope Hoffmaster
Receptionist/Administrative Assistance

Hope joined the firm in November of 2000. She spends part of her time as the receptionist for the firm and part of her time assisting in workers’ compensation cases. Before joining the firm, she worked for Darden Restaurants for five years and received her certified training degree as a hospitality specialist.


Shannon Aceto
Legal Assistant

Shannon joined the firm in 2013. She works with Jean Mauss as her Legal Assistant in Worker’s Compensation. Before joining the firm she worked in the health care field for several years.


Rikki Barrett
Legal Assistant

Rikki joined the firm in March of 2012.  She works with Matt Milligan as his Legal Assistant in Worker’s Compensation.  She has an Associates degree in Paralegal from Des Moines Area Community College.


Stephanie Williams
Legal Assistant

Stephanie joined the firm in August 2004. She works with Gretchen as her Legal Assistant. She also assists with Social Security Federal Court EM-ECF filings. Prior to joining the firm, Stephanie worked as a residential counselor for human services agencies in the Des Moines area.


Julie Parson
Legal Assistant

Julie joined the firm in March 2014.  She works with Shannon Schuehle as her Legal Assistant, assisting clients with their Social Security Disability claims.  Prior to joining the firm she work as an office manager at a dental office and has past experience working with youth in a residential setting.


Debbie Mikelson
Administrative Assistant

Debbie joined the firm in Feb. 2015.  She follows up on getting medical records for Social Security and Worker’s Compensation and processes all Social Security mail. She attended Iowa Central Community College, and graduated from North Central College of Massage Therapy and Reflexology in 1995. She was a LMT and Reflexologist for 10 years. Prior to joining the firm, Debbie worked as a licensed insurance and investment representative, and freelance writer.


Courtney Gaskins
Administrative Assistant

Courtney has a Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in Psychology. After college, she moved to New Jersey and was a part of the Episcopal Service Corps for two years. She moved back to Des Moines in 2013, and started working at Children and Family Urban Movement (CFUM) as a Program Coordinator for an educational after school program for middle and high school girls. She started at Schott, Mauss & Assts. in Dec. 2014.



Kelli Blakeman
Business Manager

Kelli joined the firm in September of 2010. Prior to working at Schott Mauss she attended Iowa Western Community College where she earned her Associate Degree in Administrative Assistance.



Sarah Walters
Administrative Assistant

Sarah joined the firm, February 2015. She assists prospective Social Security clients and digitally prepares Worker’s Compensation exhibits. Prior to Joining the firm, Sarah attended Buena Vista University, and then worked in Fort Dodge and West Des Moines for several years.