What do you love about the Summit-University neighborhood?
I love the vibrancy of the community, especially the Selby business district. I spend a lot of time walking and biking through the neighborhood and enjoying the big, shady trees and friendly people.
How have you been involved in community service in the past?
As a veteran, a former community journalist, and a current state employee, I am no stranger to public service. In addition to my career, I have served in a variety of community volunteer roles, including Rotary Club member, county Emergency Planning Committee member, community-access TV talk show host, certified SKYWARN storm spotter, and domestic and sexual violence shelter board member. I petitioned to fill a vacancy on the SUPC board last October and I currently serve as the Secretary of the Board and a member of the Communications and Executive committees.
Please tell us why you are running for the SUPC Board:
I aim to bring a fresh perspective to the board. I hope to represent the interests of renters and low-income families better than they have been in the past. Too many times our decisions are based on a privileged few. Every neighbor matters and deserves to have their voice heard. I want the board to think not only about how our decisions affect ALL our neighbors, but also people who may move here or do business here in the future.
Please tell us a little bit about how you would contribute to the SUPC board:
As a former community journalist, I have sat through more than my share of boring board meetings. I aim to bring a sense of work ethic to board members to not just sit at a boardroom table, but to roll up our sleeves and do the work our neighbors deserve from us. That means reaching out to all our neighbors where they already are to solicit opinions on important neighborhood issues, instead of only expecting them to attend our meetings and forums.