I have lived in Anacortes for twenty-two years. I am passionate about our quality of life. I have three children, two of whom graduated from Anacortes High School where I first started getting active in the community. I started by just serving on the newsletter committee and was soon 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 branch manager 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, dancing and spending time with my family.