Throughout my decades of public service I have taken on many titles: Nurse. Veteran. Commander. Problem-Solver. Supervisor.
I am proud of all of those positions. However, the titles closest to my heart are the ones so many of us share: Wife. Mom. Grandma. They describe the powerful bonds of love, of putting the well-being of others above your own. My passion for serving and helping others have healthy and productive lives has extended to all aspects of my life, and is a driving force in my first term as your Occoquan District Supervisor.
I grew up in remote Alaska, and learned to expect the unexpected. My father managed general stores in multiple villages. My childhood led me to a career and lifestyle where adventure and opportunities to help those in need are endless. My wide range of leadership experience in the armed forces, healthcare industry, and community organizations give me a unique perspective on how all of these entities can partner with local government to solve problems facing Occoquan District families. I am particularly passionate about caring for the vulnerable among us, including youth, those with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and those struggling with addictions and homelessness.
I have faced life-or-death situations as big as countries to as tiny as a newborn’s hand. I served as an officer in the Air Force for over 20 years, specializing in disaster preparedness and emergency services. I am a Life Member of the Civil Air Patrol and initiated a national Health and Wellness Program for the Patrol’s 60,000 members. I have served in healthcare settings across the country, from Chief Nurse at Hickam Air Force Base, to leading medical units at multiple military facilities, to saving babies as a Registered Nurse for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University of Minnesota.
I have been active in the non-profit sector both professionally and as a parent. I served as Northern Virginia’s National Capital director for the Brother’s Brother Foundation, organizing supplies and raising funds for shipments of medicine and medical supplies around the world. I chaired the non-profit committee for a Northern Virginia business association, served as a Choral Booster President at Osbourn Park High School, and volunteered at Rockledge Elementary. I am a life member of both the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
My priorities as a Supervisor include increased economic development, traffic congestion mitigation, robust human services, increased access to parks, a beautiful environment through excellent public works, superb public safety, and outstanding public education with an increased emphasis on workforce training.