1.) Why do you think voters should choose you? (150 words)
Experience matters. I have proven leadership through my work in management, proven community commitment through service on many non-profit boards, and experience in oversight of large budgets. I know how to persevere and seek solutions when they are not apparent.
The goal of the City budget is to reduce expenses and taxes while providing the basic services and infrastructure. The revenue constraints that we are experiencing requires creative solutions within a conservative structure. I have demonstrated innovation while managing large, restrictive budgets. Through grant writing I developed the U.P. telemedicine network, and was a major developer for the Federally Qualified Health Center in our region.
I am an independent thinker who seeks to understand all sides of an issue in order to make the best decision for all residents. Commission decisions impact residents far into the future. I want to help the community move forward along a positive, healthy path.
2.) What would you like voters to know about your background? (75 words)
I have 35 years’ experience in health care management specializing in education, grant management, management training, telemedicine, and program development. My husband and I owned Campus Pharmacy for 19 years, and I taught grant writing at NMU as an adjunct instructor.
My masters is in Educational Leadership with an additional 20 hours in public administration. While at Marquette General Hospital I was certified as a management trainer and group facilitator by an international company.