I am a Pacific Northwest Native and have lived in Salem since the 1980’s. My husband and I have been in the same “Zone2” home for over 25-years. I have a grown daughter, 2 grandchildren and a 20-year-old son who has been in the Salem-Keizer District from pre-K through graduation. Our family contains two different minorities and two naturalized citizens.
Being on the school board has been an honor. We frequently must make difficult decisions that will upset one group or another. I use the concerns of parents, voice of the community, my son’s personal experiences as a minority and my own life experiences to try and make the best decision possible. Aside from passing out diplomas at graduations one of my favorite tasks is helping a parent or teacher get resolution to a problem or concern. I ran in 2015 to be a voice for parents and I have held to that being a voice for them as well as other community members.
I also serve on the Salem CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Coordinating Council and Marion County Auxiliary Communications. And have been on several missions trips to teach English in Cambodia.