After pursuing academic studies in New Jersey, Michigan, Massachusetts (B.A. in English), California, Illinois (M.Ed.), and Nigeria (West Africa), thirty-nine years ago my husband and I settled down in Oregon (my husband’s birthplace), bought a house, raised our two children, worked, and volunteered in the community.


Following an unfortunate divorce, I turned my family home into an adult foster home, where I served as primary caregiver to my residents.


Seven years later, my precious widowed mother became my only resident until her death in 2007.  After eleven years doing in-home care and community service, I retired in 2011, filling “retirement” days volunteering with these groups at various times:


  • Emmanuel Christian Academy (founder/teacher)

  • A warming shelter (half-a-night-shift volunteer)

  • Bethel Baptist Church (community outreach director)

  • Community of Hope

  • St. Johns Food Share (volunteer coordinator and interim board member)

  • Spell to Write and Read (tutor/trainer/consultant)

  • Community Peace Collaborative

  • Interfaith Peace and Action Collaborative

  • GOP Washington County (Precinct Committee Person)

  • Oregon Right to Life

  • 40 Days for Life

  • Beaverton CERT (Community Emergency Response Team reserve member)

  • Crisis Response Team (with the Portland Police Bureau)

  • Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church, Portland (Sunday School co-teacher for the Youth and Young Adult class)


A cancer diagnosis in 2018 reduced my hours of service, but good health care and surgery seem to have conquered that challenge.


I am incredibly grateful for the full and wonderful life I have been allowed to live—here in Oregon!

We live in a beautiful state, which includes a diversity of people whom I am privileged to know and love.  It is important to me, as I know it is to you, that we work with all Oregonians for our health and prosperity by making the right decisions in our state legislature.  That’s why I want to serve as your representative.


PO Box 23696 Tigard, Oregon 97281

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