Leadership

Vancouver School District Board Director (2009 – Dec. 2017).
Candidate for State Representative, WA Legislature,  18th LD (2016 & 2018) Position 2
Led $80K renovation of school courtyard at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics (VSAA). Led $10K renovation of playgrounds at Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary.
Led development of Roosevelt arts space working with school, district staff, community artists and local businesses to complete $7K project.
PTA President, Eleanor Roosevelt and VSAA.
Member of school committees formed to address budget shortfall, Parent Advisory Council for superintendent and site-based at VSAA, Roosevelt.
Active school volunteer, Lunch Buddy, mentor and committee member at all levels – school site, district and regional (2000-2016).
Participant in Design II: The Art of Imagination strategic-planning initiative study groups with a focus on family and community involvement (2007 – 2009).
Participant in three-year School Improvement Plan process at Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary.

Communication and Collaboration
High-level of coordination and collaboration with VPS staff, local business community to complete projects at VSAA and Roosevelt.
13-years of experience reporting, editing, managing staff for newspapers in Colorado, Arizona, California and Oregon

Advocacy and Innovation

Co-founder and parent advisor for Student Leadership Club (2005-2009) at Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School.  A group consisting of 20 students, the school counselor and parent advisor.
Founder and coordinator of Eleanor Roosevelt CARES Community Action Team 2007. The group volunteered at the Oregon Food Bank.
Parent facilitator for Junior Achievement BizTown Curriculum and Community Simulation Project. (2009, 2010, 2011).
Mentored team of student reporters and collaborated with Lake Grove Elementary School to create a school newspaper in Lake Oswego.
Lunch Buddy at Roosevelt, Lincoln and McLoughlin (2006-2010).
Reading tutor Chinook, Roosevelt (2004-2009).
Mentor at Fort Vancouver High School for at-risk women.

Recognition

Washington State School Directors’ Association honored the VPS Board of Directors as a Board of Distinction for 5 consecutive years, which earned the board a Special Merit Award in 2013. In 2010 and 2011, Vancouver’s board was WSSDA’s Board of the Year for twice receiving the highest score among the Boards of Distinction
National Magna Award winner 2017, 2015, 2014, 2011.
Two-time winner of the Roosevelt PTA Golden Acorn Award.
Winner of the 2009 Vancouver PTA Council Service Award for volunteer service to the district and students.
Award-winning journalist in Colorado, Arizona, California, Oregon
High school state champion; college scholarship and Division I athlete

Community Service

VSAA Children’s Theatre Company volunteer and 9-year Day of Caring parent chaperone.
Oregon and Clark County food bank volunteer
Leadership Lake Oswego graduate
Four-time volunteer puppy-raiser with Canine Companions for Independence, CCI.
Long-time school volunteer, mentor, advocate
Ex-officio member Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools
Ex-officio member Citizens for Good Schools Committee

Professional Associations

AAUW – American Association of University Women
WPD – Washington’s Paramount Duty
WSSDA – Washington State School Directors Association (retired)
NSBA – National School Boards Association (retired)
WA State Progressive Caucus
HRoC PAC, Vancouver WA
Clark County Democrats
18th Legislative District Democrats
Clark County Democratic Women

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – 1985
Colorado State University. Ft. Collins, CO

Interests

Cooking, athletics, family and travel
Vancouver resident since 1991

 

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