I am a lifelong New Castle County resident growing up in Woodcrest; I attended St. Matthews School, St. Marks and graduated from Wilmington High School in 1983. In my early 20’s, I served as vice president on the Pleasant Hills Civic Association. We were successful in lobbying our elected officials to find a solution in diverting the tractor trailer traffic off of MacArthur Drive. I worked for a union electrical contractor for 12 years; I was hired as a receptionist and worked my way up to office manager. My responsibilities consisted of day-today operations, including the management of accounts payable/accounts receivable, which ran into the millions of dollars. As a result of a shift reduction at General Motors, we decided it would be best for our family for me to resign from my job and stay at home to raise our two children. My husband had worked nights and I had worked days; as a result our children were able to stay at home with us.
Being a stay-at-home mom gave me the opportunity to be involved in my children’s school from day one. I began helping in the classroom and regularly attended PTA meetings. I quickly learned what an important role parental support plays in the schools and have been active in my children’s schools ever since. I started out serving as PTA Treasurer, volunteered weekly for the HOST reading program; I eventually was elected PTA President four times serving four-one year terms at Forest Oak Elementary School. My daughter Casey entered Conrad Schools of Science for 6th grade where I was elected Vice President of the PTO. I served on Conrad’s Building Leadership Team for 5 years. I have served on many committees throughout the years: Program Assemblies, Teacher Appreciation, Family Nights, Fundraiser, and Membership, in which I was recognized by the State PTA. I was a co-leader of my daughter’s Brownie Troop and then became a leader of her Girl Scout Troop.
I was co-editor of a blog Fix Red Clay, which focused on issues concerning Red Clay School District. It provided the community with a place to share their opinions and concerns about the Red Clay School District and gave me a valuable insight into how the public viewed Red Clay and Delaware’s educational system.
In 2009, I ran for District E school board seat against a sitting board member and I won. I served on the board for over three years; serving one year as vice president. I served on the following board committees: Board Policy Committee, Community Financial Committee, and Communications Committee.
With the closing of General Motors, my husband had worked there 29 years to the day, and my children entering into high school, I took the opportunity to return to the workforce. I enrolled in a real estate class, took the state and national exam and currently hold a Delaware license (May 2011) working as a real estate agent with Berkshire Hathaway Hockessin Office. With my business growing, my husband took the opportunity to enroll in a real estate course as well. He currently holds his Delaware license and is working with me at Berkshire Hathaway.
In November 2012, I was elected to the House of Representatives serving the 19th District. I am Vice Chair of the House Education Committee and a member of: Housing and Community Affairs, Labor, Telecommunication Internet & Technology, and Veterans Affairs. I am Co-Chair of the Enrollment Preference Task Force which was created by my first bill, House Bill 90. I served on the Animal Welfare Task Force and currently serve on Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium, the Committee to Advance Educator Compensation, and Center for Disabilities Studies’ Community Advisory Council.
In July 2013, I attended the Emerging Leaders Program held at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia for four days. I was nominated by the Speaker of the House and applied for a grant through The State Legislative Leaders Foundation (no cost to Delaware taxpayers). There were participants from almost every state.
The volunteer and elected positions I have held and currently hold and my experience as a longtime education activist, clearly demonstrate my commitment to quality public schools and fiscal responsibility. I carry with me 27 years of ongoing personal relationships with elected officials, educational professionals, teachers, parents, students, and community members.
I have been married to Carl for 22 years and have two children, Casey and CJ and our dog named Pebbles.