I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from San Francisco State College. During my college years I took time out and traveled to Europe and lived in Greece for a year. I also took a summer, while I was doing graduate studies, to work on an archeological dig in El Salvador. Soon after I moved to Seattle. But given my inherent wanderlust, I took off again for a sailing trip from LA to the Caribbean.
Most of my career involved import/export/shipping, eventually working for the largest shipping company in the world. In 1986, as a single mother, I brought my adopted daughter home from India. A couple of years later I was promoted to a position in England and worked there for 18 months before being transferred to Australia, where Nicole and I lived for eight years before we returned to Seattle.
Back in Seattle I switched gears and entered nonprofit management. I ended my career at the Greater Seattle Business Association, the largest LGBTQ business association in the country. While there I managed a scholarship program for LGBTQ youth, along with their other events and meetings.
I am passionate about civic engagement. I became involved with NOW and served as president of the local chapter for a couple of years. I was on the board of my neighborhood council for 10 years. Through the Fremont Neighborhood Council, I worked with a nonprofit in Seattle to erect a 20 unit affordable housing building.
When I retired and moved to Florida in 2012, I traveled around the east and west coasts and decided Gulfport was my place. I wanted a walkable, beachy, welcoming and inclusive community and I found it! I love my home on Wood Ibis Park and have come to love all the wildlife.
Naturally, I became involved in our community. I co-chaired the Pink Flamingo Home Tour. I drove the Getgo. I volunteered at the Welcome Center and worked with Gulfport Neighbors. Then I was elected to City Council.
I have proudly served on Council for two terms and still have much to do. My goal is to keep this community thriving while maintaining its unique character. It is this character that drew many of us to move here and what keeps us here. So please share your concerns for our City with me. I look forward to hearing from you.