BS- Sociology and Criminology, BA- Art
Currently pursuing M.Ed. in Integrative STEM Education
I have worked for non-profit agencies, government agencies, public schools. I am on the leadership committees of local community organizations.
I am a mom of 3. My oldest is in high school. I have a 2nd grader. My youngest is 2.
I think that public education, opioid abuse and recovery, and economic vitality are the most pressing issues facing Washington County.
I have been in the classroom myself, in extremely high-need schools, with students who have severe disabilities, for over a decade. I have done teacher trainings, and have consulted with teachers and districts in multiple states. It is essential to have that experience as a voice on our county-level board.
I have assisted in planning, facilitating, and organizing Narcan trainings to help members of our community recognize opioid overdoses and be prepared to intervene. I have also helped with fundraising efforts for Bristol Lifestyle Recovery center to be able to re-open their doors.
I think our community has a wealth of resources that can contribute to our vitality. We have genius innovators, farmers, artists, educators, and hard-working citizens. Through community organizations, and programs to allow us the opportunities and resources we already have, like the farmer's markets for example, we can sustainably grow this community in a way that benefits everyone here.
I would absolutely take advantage of formal training opportunities.
I think that having a plan is almost always better than not having a plan guiding our action. It is important to the quality of services, the vitality of our community, and the safety of our citizens all depend on having a quality infrastructure. Having a plan allows us to hear and incorporate the voices of the entire county, as well as to create a long-term document that can guide our growth meaningfully.
I do support hiring a county planner if the budget allows for it. I would absolutely rely on guidance from the county's Comprehensive Plan when making relevant decisions.
I would prefer to focus on incentives and accommodations towards members of the community starting local businesses and agencies, in favor of larger franchises and corporations. However, if it is the decision of the community, I would support that voice in the process. I would like to see fewer barriers towards our citizens opening small businesses that support and build our community.
I would support building a new courthouse building, that can meet all the needs of our community for long into the future.
I would want the feedback of the community.
2 years College for machinist journeyman.
Was TN state certified for Haz Mat firefighting.
Club Scout Master & Boy Scout Master.
Leadership Wash. Co.
Served as Board of Supervisor for Monroe District 2012 - 2016.
Married for 46 years this September. Two sons & their families.
The training I receive as a firefighter in the past and working with emergency medical professional.
During the time on the Board, I competed two of the classes available for us through VACo. Also, Leadership Washington County, in 2017-2018.
These are two separate governing bodies and have worked together on community projects for many years.
The Comprehensive plan is a guide line not a mandate. I would review plan and see how it would fit the requests.
Comprehensive plan needs to be looked at on a time table to see if changes are needed to fit the changing times.
On the planner, if the needs of the county deemed necessary I would look at the options.
Help cultivate a strong environment for jobs creation and business expansion in the county.
By working with the different agencies local, state, federal.
Number of jobs, skill level and revenue to be generated.
The admission tax is a state approved tax on tickets to events at the Pinnacle and helps the developer keep the business operating.
As the meeting, regarding the referendum occurred last night (August 5), the vote was for Kmart building.
We will see this fall how the citizens of the county vote.
The Courthouse is a historical sight that needs to be maintained and utilized by the town and county community.
There are several options to look at.
The county has a good credit rating and the debt service is manageable. Those bonds need to be looked at as they occur.