Serving the communities of Anderson and Ketron Islands, Steilacoom, JBLM, DuPont, Lakewood, and Parkland.
I grew up in Olympia, the daughter of a single mother, when she became a widow and had to raise three very young children on her own. I attended public schools in Olympia and my mother was a member of the Olympia School Board, and leader in many community organizations. Growing up, I witnessed how her passion and energy could change the lives of those that lived in our community.
I moved to Pierce County in 1992 to attend Pacific Lutheran University. I completed my Bachelors in Education in December of 1996. Initially I worked as a substitute teacher throughout the region and my first full time teaching job was at Lochburn Middle School in the Clover Park School district. During my 10 years at Lochburn I finished my Masters in Educational Technology at UW Tacoma. In 2008 I moved to the Bethel School District and worked in three different schools, finishing my time as a science teacher (physical science, biology and physics) at Graham Kapowsin High School.
During the last 10 years I was a very active member of my union including being part of the Bargaining team and treasurer. I have also branched out from schools through my work to promote and educate voters by being a PCO (Precinct Committee Officer 29-651) and my engagement with other local political groups. I am a lifelong Girl Scout and believe that we need to take care of people and our natural resources.
I have lived in Parkland for almost 30 years and I now proudly represent the 6th Council District.
Pierce County Human Services and the City of Tacoma have received funding for rental and utility assistance for tenants impacted by COVID-19 and behind on rent.
The purpose of the Rental Assistance program is to prevent eviction for Pierce County residents (including those living in the City of Tacoma) impacted by COVID-19 who are behind on rent. Applicants must qualify as low-income at or below 80% Area Median Income (AMI), but priority will be given to those under 50% AMI. Assistance with utilities, garbage and internet is also available for those behind on payments.
Landlords can register now to submit their building information into the portal, making it easier for tenants to apply on March 8, 2021.