My story began in Destin, a quaint fishing village on Florida’s Northwest Gulf Coast. I’m the daughter of community leaders, and I spent much of my childhood watching my parents work to improve our community by building a library, creating a village water and sewer entity, and much more.
Those early lessons in public service showed me that leadership isn’t about forcing your opinion on others. It’s about holding a vision for the community and inviting them to help make it happen.
My career has been in communications, starting as a newspaper reporter and editor, and transitioning to public relations and emergency communication. I have studied government for decades, as an observer and sometimes critic, as an employee, as a volunteer, and currently as a policymaker.
I arrived in Thurston County in 1992 and bought my home in Lacey in 2001. Before joining the Lacey City Council, I served three years on the Thurston County Boundary Review Board and four years on the Lacey Planning Commission. Both experiences gave me a solid understanding of how local governments work and how to get things done.
In my private life, I’m retired and serve on the Interfaith Works Board and the Rainier Park Owners Association of Directors (president). I’m also active in the Thurston County Democrats and Thurston County Democratic Women. Besides public service, I’m the personal servant of Maude the cat. I enjoy spending quality time with close friends, traveling, being outdoors – especially on the coast – reading, and making jewelry.
I represent Lacey on a number of boards and commissions:
• Intercity Transit Authority (chair)
• Thurston County Regional Housing Council
• Thurston Climate Mitigation Steering Committee
I also serve or have served on the:
• Thurston Regional Planning Council
• Thurston Thrives Executive Committee and Coordinating Council
• Thurston Thrives Housing Action Team
• Community Action Council
• City of Lacey’s Transportation, Land Use, and Community Relations & Public Affairs Committees.