Born in Michigan and a Northwestern University graduate, I moved to Ecuador in 1994 to pursue graduate school. I met my husband, Roger, in Quito, Ecuador and lived there for 15 years before returning to the US with my husband and daughters Sophie, Gracie and Vivian to live in the Village of Pinecrest.
While in Ecuador, I found a passion for community service. We founded Profesores para Profesores, which provided free professional development to teacher’s in Quito public schools. I also was a founding Board member of Fundacion Saltamontes, which negotiated public-private partnerships to establish and run children’s libraries in poor neighborhoods in Quito.
After 15 years of community service in Ecuador and a professional career that included owning a small business and teaching mathematics at a university-affiliated lab school, the natural fit for my talents were the local school PTA/PTSAs. I rose through the ranks of the PTSA at Miami Palmetto Senior High School and became President of the association in 2014.
During my tenure as president, the PTSA was awarded the Miami-Dade County Council of PTA/PTSA’s Supermen of PTA Award twice for its dedication to male membership development; the Environmental Award for underwriting successful student-designed green projects; the Leader of Tomorrow Award for developing the best PTSA student leader in the county; the Website Award for the best PTA website in Miami-Dade County; and the Program of Impact Award for creating an innovative community-based intervention program for the school’s most vulnerable homeless and housing-uncertain teens and guiding them successfully to graduation. In 2015, I led the PTSA through a demanding accreditation process that resulted in the Miami Palmetto Senior High PTSA being named a National PTA School of Excellence 2016-2018, a highly selective designation that recognizes those PTA units that exemplify the parent-school partnership and create highly engaging communication and programming for parents, teachers and administration in the service of children.
I participate the Village of Pinecrest Education Advisory Council and work in the PTAs at Pinecrest Elementary School and Palmetto Middle School. In August 2016, I was appointed by the South Region to the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Family and Community Involvement Committee. My advocacy for good government and best practices in public management led to my 2017 appointment to the National League of Cities Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations federal advocacy committee.
I was elected to to the Village of Pinecrest Council on November 8, 2016 to Seat 1. I know that my proven leadership and commitment to community service will make the Village of Pinecrest safe and strong for generations to come. My initiatives to date have:
- Promoted equal pay and minimized the gender pay gap for Village employees.
- Enhanced the ability of residents to access Parks & Recreation facilities with their pets.
- Added language in our strategic plan explicitly committing Council and staff to the support and promotion of our neighborhood public schools.
- Created marketing, pricing, programming and branding policies at the Community Center with the objective of making the facility “budget-neutral”.
- Established policies to streamline and optimize code-enforcement.
- Generated timely and helpful avenues for communication with residents and businesses in the community.
- Focused attention on implementing best practices and appropriate datametrics to ensure efficiency and effectiveness in local government.