When I was a child, my parents instilled in me two values that shaped the course of my life. The first, from my father, was the importance of education. The second, from my mother, was the importance of giving back to your community.
I am an avid lover of the outdoors and had dreamed of living out West ever since I first glimpsed the Rocky Mountains. My husband, Daus, and I moved to Westminster sixteen years ago after completing our medical training. We found the area to be an ideal community in which to work and raise our two boys, Gibson and Ryman.
After several years in private practice, I got a job at Every Child Pediatrics (then called Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics), a non-profit dedicated to providing quality healthcare to all children regardless of ability to pay. There I found my true passion for taking care of families and children in the community.
I enjoy the help I give to families in the clinic, but wanted to deepen that impact. I also began to appreciate how our environment affects our health. This interest inspired me to pursue a master’s degree in Biology from Miami University in 2016. There I studied the impacts of climate change on health. I had always volunteered in my sons’ school and began to expand my volunteer work to include becoming an open space volunteer for Westminster and serving on the Environmental Advisory Board. I then applied for a vacant position on the Westminster City Council and was appointed in December.
I believe strongly in giving back and always striving to make the world a better place for all members of our community. In the words of Marian Wright Edelman, civil rights activist, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, and one of my role models since I was a child, “You really can change the world if you care enough."