For the past 28 years, I’ve lived in Iowa City and have applied considerable talent and compassion to support those in our community who need resources and understanding during difficult times. I appreciate living in this city because it is very culturally diverse but there have been and are still times in which I have felt isolated and marginalized. Where I felt I had to work around the clock because I was not making a livable wage. Where I have seen the need for affordable housing and felt the challenge to obtain it within the city. Where I have felt like I was being stereotyped before a person would even ask my name. As a member of the city council, I feel that decisions are made that enacting policy which impacts the lives of everyone in the city. And people living here need to feel like their voice is being heard and that we want to be here to make their lives better. Right now I feel many voices have gone unheard, misunderstood, and unrelatable to those making decisions.
It’s time to change that and bring “All Voices At The Table”.
Educational Background: Graduated from West High School, Kirkwood (RN Program), University of Iowa (BA in Psychology & Certificate of Aging Studies), Trauma Informed Care Trainer
Work History: Hyvee, Hardees, Payless Cashway, Oaknoll Retirement Residence, Iowa City Hospice, Mercy Hospital
Business Endeavors: Owner of Caring Hands & More Home Health & Family Services, Caring Hands & More Multigenerational Center and CHARM Homes
Present and Past Partnerships, Community Involvement, Affiliations, Committees, Volunteer Activities and Memberships Includes: Iowa City Chamber of Commerce, Iowa City Noon Day Rotary, Target Small Business, Olmstead Task Force on Aging, Mental Health & Disabilities Advocate, AARP (Past Chapter President) IC Compassion/Immigration BIA Center (Steering Committee and Past Chair), Johnson County Livable Community (Committees included Task Force on Aging, Housing, Caregivers, Transportation), Alzheimer's Association, Cleaning 4 A Reason, United Action For Youth, The Spot, Faith in Action Volunteer, LGBTQ community, and The Eastern Iowa QUIRE,
I will bring knowledge, commitment, energy, innovation, compassion, fiscal responsibility, unmatched work ethics, an open mind, a listening ear and lived experienced by the many voices of Iowa City. I will be your voice working with members of the City Council to make policies that are ultimately based on the premise that Human Rights is a right and not a gift. It’s time for “All Voices At The Table”