Judge McCollum Timko earned her bachelor’s degree, with distinction from the University of Iowa in 1979. She received a master’s degree, with honors, from the same institution in 1984 and and law degree from the University of Iowa Law School in 1982. Judge McCollum Timko served as an assistant county attorney for Johnson County from 1982 to 1988 and has served as an adjunct professor at Buena Vista University since 1993. Judge McCollum Timko is a member of the Iowa Judges Association and served on the Iowa Supreme Court Court Improvement Project. She is a member of the Child Advocacy Committee, the Parents and Children Together Committee, and the CASA Advisory Board, serving as director until 2008. She is a judge for Cherokee/Ida Family Treatment Court, and the founder and judge of the Buena Vista County Family Drug Court. She serves on the Drug Endangered Children Committee, the Native American Advisory Committee for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Siouxland, the Faith Hope and Charity Board of Directors (until 1995), the Storm Lake Softball Association Board (until 2003) and the “I Will Not Worry” Foundation.