I have been part of this community for many years, working tirelessly to add my few drops to the well of prosperity for all. I arrived 22 years ago as a single mom with three children that I had the privilege and scary task of raising and protecting as I began my first real paying job. I had just finished my education with a Pell Grant (started school once my kids were all in school themselves, so a late bloomer) and didn't have the experience or confidence that comes with working outside the home. We struggled but we made it. I was invited to come to Utah to teach at the University of Utah Math department in 2000, and was there for years before moving into public education with my teens. I developed a passion for helping others gain opportunities that I had received by the skin of my teeth. I believe in leveling the playing field for everyone, giving accommodations when needed. I met my husband here in Salt Lake City and together we served eight years on a mission for the Inner City helping those in need gain access to medical, dental, housing and employment. Because crime and drugs were such a powerful influence in most of their lives, progress was slow but people CAN change when others believe in them and give support. I learned to navigate the social services system during this time but it was tough. I can't imagine how hard it is for those who can't read or those who have to work several jobs to afford the high rent in this community.
I serve currently with my husband at the Veteran's Association Medical Center organizing fund raisers, assisting with donation organization and visiting veterans. We've taught addiction recovery on campus and feel it such a privilege to serve those who worked and fought for our country. What a great deal of gratitude they are owed for working and/or fighting for the freedom. The freedom we have to succeed in this system of free enterprise. Where else in the world could I have changed direction at the age of 40 to become a professional from a stay-at-home mom.
Previous to coming to Utah, I did have experience with leadership, however. I was a school board member in another state and was politically active. I was raised in Texas by generations of Republicans and stand by and advocate for the Utah Republican Party Platform in this great state in which I now live.
I’ve traveled solo through Turkey and Czechia and lived years in Norway, a NATO state. A Norwegian family member detonated the bombs that didn’t go off in trainings in the northern reaches of that country that they hosted with the US. So many countries depend on ours for military strength. Because of my travels, I can put the strength of our country and even our state, in context with the rest of the world. Here in Utah, we are truly standing on the shoulders of giants because of the strength of our founding fathers and that of our own forefathers. With this comes great responsibility and respect.
Aside from my love of helping the underserved, is my love for the environment. Utah is the 2nd driest state in the country and we have the 2nd highest water usage in the country per capita. We have the welcome mat out to bring in the world when our water resources and air quality are diminishing without proper planning for the future. We have a God-given mandate to help those who are suffering but we need to do so with careful planning and preparation. Utah has the #1 best economy in the nation. Economic strength and environmental stewardship are not mutually exclusive. We can do this as we come together and work as a community.
Roe v. Wade
I can't say it better than a friend of mine, “The sanctity of human life is a foundational American principle, and the lives of our children—both born and unborn—deserve our protection. I support the Court’s decision, which means that laws regarding abortion will now rightfully be returned to the people and their elected representatives.”