I’ve lived in Kent most of my life, growing up in the Panther Lake area in a working-class home and graduating from Kentwood High School. My parents didn't have the financial or experiential resources to help me go to college so I joined the Army and then returned to Kent.
My husband and I chose to live and raise our son in Kent after serving our country and we both in our way continue to serve others. I became an active community volunteer in the Green Kent program, joined the Kent Parks and Recreation Commission, volunteered in my son’s schools, and coached youth basketball for both Kent Parks and the YMCA.
While volunteering in my community and advocating for parks, I worked for a few years in a Kent elementary school and then made the difficult decision to leave my job to pursue my education. I dedicated my studies to finding ways to improve democracy in city-level government, specifically focusing on civic engagement. I graduated from the University of Washington, Tacoma with a Bachelor's degree in American studies with minors in Politics and Global Honors. I graduated with highest honors and a 4.0 GPA.
I love spending time with my family, and in our free time, we love going on hikes, exploring our parks, and traveling.