Hoosier born and raised in a family of nine, I learned important lessons about negotiation early on. After high school, I became a nurse because I wanted to help people and to be part of a mission greater than myself. This led ultimately to a career in public health.
I am running for State Representative of House District 65 in pursuit of that same mission to do more for my community. My goals are to support strong families and communities by fighting for affordable, accessible healthcare, good-paying jobs, and a protected environment that we can be proud to leave to our grandkids.
I know what it’s like to struggle as a single parent to provide a home and put food on the table for three children while both working and going to school full-time. I know what it’s like to suffer in an abusive relationship. I know what it’s like to be down to my last $20. And I know what it’s like to not go to the doctor because there was a $10 co-pay. These experiences made me who I am and gave me a deep understanding for the struggle of working families.
I earned undergraduate degrees in nursing and public health from Indiana University and a master’s degree in public administration from University of Louisville. Working in environmental health and policy development at a local health department and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, I created sound public health and environmental policy that made a difference in the lives of children and families.
I live in the beautiful town of Nashville with my husband and great lab, Rosie. I have nine beautiful grandchildren whose parents are teaching them to be caring, loving humans.
I look forward to serving the families in District 65. And, I look forward to you becoming a part of our campaign in whatever way you can, but most importantly by voting for me.