As a social worker, I spent my career working in the non-profit sector. I managed large, complex budgets, worked on public policy and supported and developed innovative programs. I worked on cutting edge, integrated behavioral health and primary care services. As a foster parent and as a professional, I managed child welfare programs and trained both professionals and prospective parents about fostering. I loved my 30-year career in public service, retiring in 2015. Fortunately, I failed retirement when I successfully ran for Island County Commissioner in 2018.
I believe in the strength and resiliency of people when government strives for common sense policies that recognize the need for communities where people can thrive where they live, work and play. After my retirement from social work, I translated my love for the outdoors and my knowledge of nonprofit management to become Executive Director of a local environmental organization, working to enhance and protect the beauty of our islands. I am privileged to have worked beside dedicated and talented professionals. The importance of teamwork and collaboration has been important throughout my career.
My husband and I enjoy our blended family of birth kids, step-kids and foster kids. But it is our puppy Bogey, granddogs and grandkids that give us the most joy. I now recognize that the best part of parenting is becoming a grandma. John is retired from Boeing and our home is on Camano. You can find us enjoying our local county and state parks, playing tennis or on the water enjoying the bounty of our beautiful Salish Sea.
I bring to you respectful and experienced leadership that values community and people above all. I bring my history of working collaboratively with other elected leaders at a state/federal level to deliver fair and effective public policy. I offer to the people of Island County that when we come together, with our shared values and a commitment to solutions, nothing will divide us in our efforts to strengthen and protect our islands and our communities.