About Me

As a mom of two boys in the Ashland School District, I believe in being a part of the solution. Growing up in Yreka, I learned the value of a small community. But small communities only work when everyone is welcome and everyone participates. Serving on several committees in the district has given me the experience to learn the system and what is needed to keep almost 400 teachers employed, and roughly 2500 students engaged. If elected, I look forward to harnessing the knowledge I have gained to help our district thrive in all ways possible.

Life experience and personal relationships have lead me to a life of humility, courage, and compassion.

My life and the relationships I have built have been as diverse as the world we live in, and I value the lessons they have taught me along the way. As a global citizen, philosopher, writer, corporate wellness consultant, and a one-time mortgage broker my curiosity has inspired my search for wisdom and growth. I am passionate about doing the work to lead our children to be global citizens navigating a challenging future. But the learning is only beginning for our children, and merely continues for us adults.

I believe it is imperative to have a candidate on the board that understands finance and how to make sure our money supports our values. My time as a business owner and mortgage broker gave me the financial acumen to help on the budget committee by ensuring that our $37,000,000 Ashland School District budget matches our goals, values, and strategic plan.

If elected, I come to this position with humility, understanding I am a priviledged white woman in a world where my advantage has helped to mold my experiences. My duty to our community and our school district is to dismantle the ways in which our world only serves one conditioned norm, and to change policies, curriculum, and programs to make sure every child feels welcome, included, and supported.

What I Do

As a Wellness Writer, my parenting journey has become the muse of my memoir. Getting to the heart of life’s biggest challenges is what I strive to capture.

Serving on two different school district committees I balance my life by staring at numbers. Whether it is on the ASD Budget Committee, or the ASD Bond Oversight Committee, I serve the district by being an extra set of eyes on the many dollar signs that run our schools and their buildings.

Being a parent of two active boys provides many opportunities to understand the child’s mind and how to motivate their internal drive or passion. They are my ever present study subjects in learning how to foster an environment for learning, growth, and awareness.

I am a unique voice that would provide a unique perspective. As an entrepreneur, I understand that some great thinkers aren’t always the best students, but providing teachers and kids the environment to learn, think, grow, problem solve, create, build, develop, and feel inspired is what education can do. Our schools can be a space bursting with life, but that can only happen when basic needs are met. I believe our schools can do both.

My Committment to Continued Personal Growth has Included Some of the Following:

Non Violent Communication
(2018 and 2020)
“With Nonviolent Communication (NVC) we learn to hear our own deeper needs and those of others. Through its emphasis on deep listening—to ourselves as well as others—NVC helps us discover the depth of our own compassion. This language reveals the awareness that all human beings are only trying to honor universal values and needs, every minute, every day.

NVC can be seen as both a spiritual practice that helps us see our common humanity, using our power in a way that honors everyone’s needs, and a concrete set of skills which help us create life-serving families and communities.”

Caste
by Isabel Wilkerson (2021)

I followed my reading of this book with listening to the discussion on Oprah’s podcast of the 8 pillars of Caste. This book was truth at the most nauseating level. The kind of nausea you feel with morning sickness before a child is born, not the kind you feel when you have the flu. Reading the historical detail and tragedy behind every story was so necessary to reconcile and connect Americans with our honest and inhumane past.

How to be an Anti-Racist
by Ibram X Kendi (2020)

Online workshop hosted by Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, with author Ibram X Kendi, and Dr Charlene M. Dukes touched on the focus of his book by the same name.

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