Nebraska State Adviser for Educators Rising
B.S. Education: Secondary Language Arts,
M.A. Education: Curriculum & Instruction,
M.Education: Secondary Educational Administration
Current Public Office, dates held
Peru City Council Member - West Ward
Member of Northeast Nemaha County Long Term Recovery Group
720 Mulberry Street, Peru, NE 68421
Peru’s long-term viability must be increased by supporting current businesses; providing opportunities for increased area recreational activities; and attracting new businesses, including new owners for the grocery store or a multi-purpose store, a breakfast/coffee shop in which community members can gather throughout the day, and a consignment store for local entrepreneurs.
Having a thriving community with basic businesses will attract new members to the community – another priority. The town of Peru lost revenue and community members who relocated due to the flood of 2019. We must maximize opportunities to build on Peru’s empty lots , prioritize repair and re-sale of current housing through grant programs, and support the work of the Peru Community Impact Group.
My number one priority will always be protecting the community members. The college and town must work cooperatively to face our most frequent adversary – flooding. We must be proactive as well as reactive. Communication and cooperation are key as we work with our state senator, the corps of engineers, land-owners, NEMA and other state and federal agencies to repair damaged infrastructure and to secure funding for prevention, restoration and improvement.
My number one priority is to secure clean water for Peru on a permanent basis, so that the community never again faces hardship due to poor water quality, rising flood waters and limited supply. My second priority is to make the workings of the Peru City Council more transparent and responsive through increased communication with the community. My third priority is to increase the appeal of Peru as both a hometown and a tourist destination by increasing economic opportunities, supporting beautification efforts, and by increasing a sense of community among its citizens.
Peru’s biggest challenge at this time is recovery from the 2019 flood and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a member of the Northeast Nemaha County Long Term Recovery Group, I meet weekly with representatives from the United States Department of Agriculture, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Senator Slama, Peru State College and other community members to pursue funding, rebuild critical infrastructure and to strengthen the city of Peru in disaster recovery.