Why I'm Running
I am a neighbor, and I’m running because I care about improving the state of Indiana and the lives of other Carmel, Zionsville, and Westfield residents.
One-party rule at our state capitol has failed Hoosier families. Instead of improving the health, education, and safety of the people they represent, the supermajority in the legislature caters to big business and advances divisive social agendas, undercutting our ability to create the high-paying jobs that make Indiana a good place to live.
With a District 24 representative who brings an independent, practical voice to government, we can do better. We can provide
- Competitive pay for public school teachers and safety for our children
- Better, cheaper healthcare options
- Fair and secure elections
- The highest standards for our clean air and water
I’m running to be that voice.
I grew up in Bethesda, Maryland and graduated from Duke University, where I majored in public policy. After graduation, I met my husband Marty while working for Guest Quarters Hotels. After we married, we moved to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where I enrolled in Lehigh University’s M.B.A. program. After receiving my graduate degree we moved to Chicago, and then to Cleveland, where our children Bridget Ann and Bryant were born. Subsequent job moves led us to Philadelphia, Charlotte and finally, in 2008, to Carmel where we’ve lived ever since. Today, Marty and I have been married for over 31 years, our daughter has graduated from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and lives in Louisville, and our son is a graduate of Purdue University who resides in Pennsylvania.
I am a local community leader and professional educator with Purdue Extension. For over a decade, I’ve listened to the needs of local communities, mediated between sharply divided opinions, and worked to find a collaborative path for progress.
I have also served as a member on the Carmel Clay Parks Foundation Board of Directors, as a founding member of the Carmel Kiwanis Club, and as President for the Indiana affiliate of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. In all of these roles, I have consistently proven myself to be an independent thinker, thoughtful listener, and a valuable member of the community.
Before moving to Carmel, I worked as fundraiser and development director of St. Viator High School in Chicago and started and operated a successful small business. In 2005, I moved into higher education, accepting a position at Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte, NC where I served as an internship coordinator and taught leadership principles. Since my move to Carmel I have been employed at Purdue University, first as a 4-H Youth Extension Educator and presently as an Extension Specialist supporting Educators throughout the state in the area of personal financial management. I am also an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC®).