I was born in Anchorage, Alaska in 1964. My father was stationed there after enlisting in the US Army. We moved to New Jersey a few years later where I lived until I moved to Sarasota, Florida in 1996.
I began my working career in the Bar and Nightclub business in New York State for about 12 years. After relocating to Sarasota, I began my sales career in the copier and office equipment business in 1999 for IKON/Ricoh and I am currently working in the same industry at Sharp Electronics. I am also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator.
In 2014, I graduated Eckerd College’s PEL program (Program for Experienced Learners) with High Honors in American Studies and was invited to be a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society – which was founded December 5, 1776, and is considered to be the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society.
In 2014, I was elected as President of Myakka Valley Ranches HOA and re-elected in 2016. By developing a strategy to unite our Board of eleven Directors and our 280 homeowner members, we have improved our community with a remodeled entrance, worked to bring in a cell tower to ensure communication to first responders during emergencies, drafted a comprehensive saddle trail plan to manage our 20+ miles of horseback riding trails, a wrote a multi-year road plan to repave our 12+ miles of private roads without the need for any assessments to homeowners, and we are in the process of updating our DSL Internet by bringing in Fiber Optic High Speed Internet. I am proud to say that we have a united Board and community of members who are extremely satisfied with all of our initiatives and their execution.
We need growth for Sarasota to thrive, but at the same time we need existing companies and new business start-ups to choose Sarasota as the place for them to grow – thus keeping long-term, higher paying jobs for our people rather than non-sustainable jobs that leave when a particular project is completed.
If elected as a Sarasota County Commissioner, I will work to employ responsible growth, with attention to traffic, roads, education, law enforcement, and first responders in areas identified for development. People feel as though they are not being heard and are tired of “business as usual.” I will also foster awareness and communication to the people, so that there are properly informed regarding development projects so that they will better understand how it will impact them – both negatively and positively.