I have lived in the Salem area for over 15 years and I am deeply committed to my community. Prior to moving to Salem, I served in the U.S. Navy for 14 years. I have spent the last several years advocating for children and their families who don't always have a voice in the community. Advocating so that every child has an opportunity to thrive in the classroom, and to graduate is extremely important to me.
I know from personal experience that education can break the cycle of poverty. As a mom, my top priority has been to ensure my son has the education he needs to be successful.
As a Performance Audit Manager for the Oregon Secretary of State, I have evaluated our education system and recommended ways to improve K-12 education. Under my leadership we have looked at ways to reduce achievement gaps for low income students and those of color. And we have made recommendations for improving education and support to Oregon’s teachers, and identified ways to increase completion rates for community college students and the number of GEDs for adults without a high school diploma.
I am a proven leader in my community and have served in the following capacities:
* Simply Birthdays Co-founder, providing birthday parties to children living in our local homeless shelters
* Mid-Valley Literacy Center Advisory Board Member
* Salem-Keizer School District Superintendent's Task Force on Facilities
* Salem Planning Commission Vice-President
* Salem City Council (Appointee)
* Salem Keizer Area Transit Budget Committee Member
As a member of the Mid-Valley Literacy Center's Advisory Board I help empower adults with the literacy skills needed to increase economic stability and overall quality of life. Please click here to hear more about this amazing organization and my commitment to it.
I also co-founded and operate a local non-profit, Simply Birthdays, which provides birthday parties to children living in local homeless shelters. This work reminds me every day how important education is to the kids we support, and that we can help change their lives. The Keizer Times recently wrote about Simply Birthdays and the impact our work is having on our community. Click here to read the article.