I have lived in Anacortes for about twenty years. I am passionate about our quality of life. I first lived in Anacortes in the early 1980s, moved away when I got married, but longed to return, which I did in 1999. I have three children, two of whom graduated from Anacortes High School where I first started getting active in the community. I served on the newsletter committee and was elected to be AHS PTSA co-president. I have also volunteered at Anacortes Community Theatre, Anacortes Parks, Skagit Land Trust, Skagit Youth Soccer, Anacortes Community Garden and Washington Trails Association.
My education started in New England, where I graduated from high school. In my small town, I attended Town Hall with my father. That is where I developed my keen interest in democracy and civic involvement. When I traveled to the Northwest, I knew it was my new home – very similar to New England with its forests and ocean, but without the grueling cold winters. I graduated from Eastern Washington University with a BA in General Studies and Journalism. I worked as a Montessori teacher for many years. Later I achieved a Masters in Library and Information Science and also studied legal research. I progressed from library clerk to deputy library director at City of Mount Vernon Library. Working for the city has prepared me to deal with issues facing city council: planning, operations, personnel, legislation and budgets. Additionally, I have been an active citizen, attending and participating in many workshops and speaking at council meetings.
Aside from my interest in civic life, I love hiking, gardening, reading (of course), visiting museums and galleries, camping, kayaking, listening to music and dancing.