About Me

I have lived in Anacortes for over 17 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.