I believe schools are the very heart of our community and that they contribute to the well-being of EVERY community member, not only students. I also believe that education at its very core, is a justice issue and that creating justice for all is an inherent part of our call as citizens.
I am a wife, mom, grandmother, world traveler, life-long learner, and an advocate for social justice. My professional career includes more than 25 years in retail banking, finance, and risk management, as well as 10 years as the Resource and Communication Director of The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Olympia.
I am known by my coworkers as a problem solver and collaborator. As your School Board Director, I will use these skills to help kids, parents, teachers, administrators, and members of our community to work together give EVERY kid the education they deserve and to provide the best work environment for every worker in the district.
I will work to ensure that we have policies and tools in place so that our kids can:
Obtain the academic and life skills required to pursue their unique individual career, civic, and educational goals.
Discover their passions, be curious, and become life-long learners.
Develop into serious thinkers who contribute to and collaborate with our local, global, and natural world.
I will also work to:
Expand Family involvement in decision-making and roles in both our schools and school district.
Ensure that we expand the environment of open dialog with parents, teachers, staff, and the community.
Finally, despite the scale of immediate concerns, we cannot lose sight of a non-pandemic educational vision for our district so that we can continue to build 21st century skills in our learners. Please see my Issues page for more details.
My Favorite Quote
Is by President Jimmy Carter. He said "Everyday you are given a brick and you have the choice to build a wall or a bridge." For me the decision is easy and I try to live by it everyday.
I am currently the Vice President of the Southwestern Washington Synod of the ELCA (a group of 90 Lutheran Churches from Auburn to Vancouver, WA) where I also serve on the Affordable Housing Taskforce.
I serve as a member of the Board of Directors for Quixote Communities whose mission is to provide permanent supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness.
I am an active member of the League of Women Voters in Thurston County, The Olympia Woman's Club, and The Lutheran Church of The Good Shepherd.
In my spare time, I love to work in my flower garden, travel (I'd love to tell you about my recent trip floating on the Colorado river through the Grand Canyon), dabble in photography, and read.
Questions? Contact me at email@example.com. I'd love to hear from you!