I was raised in this community and am a proud graduate of the Spirit Lake school system. My first foray into politics was hanging signs for Berkley Bedell when I was in 7th grade and attending the American Legion Auxiliary Iowa Girls State. I attended college at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion and graduated with Honors with a double major in Psychology and Secondary Education and a minor in Mathematics
After college, I moved out to the Silicon Valley. As a manager at Intuit, I effectively oversaw a budget that was larger than the entire current Dickinson County tax levy, which currently is sitting at $22,000,000. I then did business consulting, making structural process changes and directing IT implementations for medium to large companies. My IT background is important as we work to become paperless and push for all citizens to have strong, fast, inexpensive broadband access (which 2,000-3,000 residents of this county DO NOT HAVE!).
I moved back home to Spirit Lake almost 20 years ago. I am proud of my work at the Voluntary Action Center over the last 4 years. I count my grant writing to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Meals on Wheels and pet care for low income residents - along with my work on food insecurity - among my proudest achievements.
I have developed an extensive network of relationships while working on the many projects I am involved with. I have been a Lakes Regional Hospital board associate for over 6 years. I am a member of the Lakes Regional Dog Park board, the RSVP board, and Kiwanis board. I am now chairing the Dickinson County Hunger Coalition. I work closely with Brandon Rohrig at Public Health, Beth Will at Community Services, Andrew Fischer at the Y, Jason Harrington at Lakes Regional Healthcare, and many, many others. I do the hard work with them.
My top priorities are technology infrastructure, access to mental health care, and economic development. I will pursue high speed, low cost broadband for all. We also need someone to stand up and protect what we care so much about - the precious, natural beauty of Dickinson County (see my Environment page).
I have owned a small business in this community. I have shown leadership in community service and have an intrinsic desire to help the residents of this county.