Who I am
I’m a proud Brown County native, raised in West De Pere. My husband Tim and I are proud parents of our three children, Madeline (28), Marie (24), and Michael (23). My father is a retired Journeyman Electrician and my mother was a homemaker. I was very active during my teenage years in 4-H, competing every year at the Brown County Fair in gardening, sewing, and art. Through my family I learned the value of hard work. I started waitressing at 14 and worked two shifts at McDonald’s during my junior and senior years at West DePere High School. After studying practical nursing at NWTC and completing five years of clinical work, I joined a growing insurance company in DePere, Wisconsin Employers Group, later acquired by Humana. While working there full-time, I earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Silver Lake College. Wearing many hats and developing wide-ranging skills, I ultimately became Humana Vice President of National Service Operations. As a VP I was responsible for the work lives of 5,000 employees and a $170 million budget, and was proud to have our group nationally recognized for commitment and service to customers. In 2005, I joined Associated Financial Group (AFG) as a VP and Consultant for Health Care Benefits, and was honored to be named Rookie of the Year as one of the top sales consultants. Fulfilling a desire to directly serve my community, I became the CEO for the YWCA Greater Green Bay in 2011. During my rewarding time with the organization I completed a $3.3 million Capital Campaign and opened the Women’s Empowerment Center, offering Family GED Classes and work-force training. In early 2016, our Childcare and Learning Center achieved the highly coveted NAEYC 5 Star Accreditation. Also under my leadership we enhanced YW programming and helped community members in need by developing partnerships with Beacon House, Literacy Green Bay, NWTC, the Multicultural Center, the Hispanic Resource Center, Howe Resource Center and Big Brothers Big Sisters. In 2014, I earned my master’s degree in business administration from UW-Oshkosh in 2014. I learned more about community issues from joining Leadership Green Bay – a nine-month, community-based, experiential learning leadership program developed by the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce. After completing the program I became chair of the Leadership Green Bay Alumni Board, and have also served on the Children’s Museum Board, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Girls Scouts of North Eastern Wisconsin. Currently, I am a commissioner for the City of Green Bay on the Redevelopment Committee. I most recently graduated from Emerge WI, an organization that trains women candidates who are Democrats running for local, state and federal offices. I am highly focused on finding community solutions that assist women and children caught in the cycle of poverty. I have a passion for helping our community solve problems through professional and volunteer work and strive to create a lasting benefit to Green Bay.
Why I am Running
At this very moment we are in a fight we have not seen the likes of since 1918. Due to the Coronavirus crisis, unemployment has risen abruptly, nonessential businesses have been closed for weeks already and some of these may never re-open. For many in District 4, this will mean a loss of affordable healthcare benefits. If those that experienced job loss were lucky enough to have employer sponsored health care, their loss is doubled. At a time when we are at war with a dangerous, poorly understood virus, the people in our district, want elected leaders who are committed to representing our health, safety and voting rights. We need a leader who will unite our community; a leader voters can trust in Madison, to focus on the issues affecting families every day. We should expect our government to make our lives easier, especially during times of crisis. Right now Wisconsin needs testing capabilities. We need to give our hospitals the tools to do their work. States are competing for testing and supplies, against each other, and the federal government. I think we can all agree, we must secure a safe democracy for our children and the future of WI. We all need affordable health care. Rich or poor, I will stand up and fight for health care that offers choice of providers and choice of health plans. And I will fight to make sure this is affordable and available to all. I am the right person to unite our community and represent District 4 in Madison. Leadership takes courage, knowing in your heart what is important to families, is all the courage I need to represent district 4. This is a sprawling district which spreads across the west side of Green Bay, northwest to Howard and south and east to include the Villages of Ashwaubenon and Allouez. As the people within the 4th District begin recovering from the many effects of the global pandemic, they will regain their trust in our leaders faster if they are represented by a strong voice in Madison. I look forward to using my healthcare background, business acumen, and not-for-profit experience to work for the voters of District 4. There is more that unites us than divides us. I grew up and raised my family in this district. I have a professional track record of working collaboratively with people and organizations to get things done. I fully appreciate and understand hard work and accountability. I would be honored to represent the voters of District 4 in the Wisconsin State Assembly.
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