I grew up the oldest of four siblings in Rhinelander Wisconsin where my parents opened a sporting goods store. They were small business owners in Rhinelander for many years. I had a wonderful childhood full of many outdoor adventures and opportunities in a safe community where it felt like everyone knew each other. My first jobs were in small family owned businesses both as a server at the local airport restaurant and at the only bakery in town.
It was as a student at UW-Madison that I made the decision to pursue a profession in public service through ministry and where I first met Mike, my husband of 32 years. Mike was offered his first job with High School District 214 as a Math and Science teacher and I soon followed him to the Chicagoland area as I completed my schooling in both Elmhurst and Hyde Park. Mike retired this past year after teaching 34 years with High School District 214, at Elk Grove and Prospect High Schools.
During our early life together we lived in Elk Grove Village, Mt. Prospect, and Des Plaines with our eventual plan to make Arlington Heights our home and the place to raise our daughter Claire because of its library, parks, schools, Metra access, hospital and downtown. Our daughter is currently a Junior at Rolling Meadows High School and along with our rescue dog Duncan, we will soon be celebrating our 20th year as village residents.
I am an ordained minister in the UCC denomination with a deep commitment to public service and justice through my 28 years in healthcare as a hospice chaplain. I have many years of legislative government experience through my volunteer work at the federal, state and local levels in areas of healthcare and justice issues. I am co-chair of a biomedical ethics committee and a core member of an industry-mandated Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement committee. I have spent my entire professional career with the same hospice and have received multiple awards at the local, regional and national level for my role as a chaplain.
Within our community of Arlington Heights I am a member of the Congregational UCC, the League of Women Voters and I am a deputy registrar for Cook County. I have been a Girl Scout co-leader and I remain actively involved in many grassroots organizations that work for democracy and justice in all forms.
Through my professional and personal life I believe strongly in the power of community and that everyone matters and belongs. I want to continue my public service to others as a trustee for Arlington Heights where I can be a responsible voice for all in the social and fiscal decisions for our village. I will be fair, equitable and transparent and I promise to put our tax dollars to best use without waste. I will work toward improving economic growth and environmental sustainability in our Village. Of particular importance for our Village's future will be the challenges and options with our COVID-19 recovery and I hope to bring my social service and healthcare experience to the board as a needed voice in these decisions.
I believe that effective and good local government provides quality of life for the whole community. I pledge to be an ethical and transparent voice in finding equitable solutions that use tax dollars responsibly. My goal is to make decisions that best benefit the people and businesses in Arlington Heights with the goal of enhanced quality of life and continued growth for all.