Republican State Representative
Oregon House District 3
Like so many of you, I grew up right here in Grants Pass. As a lot of us kids did back then, I left after high school to pursue my degree. While attending Seattle Pacific University, I earned my Bachelor’s in Sociology with minors in Geography and Russian. While I appreciated that experience, it’s an honor say that my Master’s in Management came directly from our own Southern Oregon University. Those hard hours of study paid off, earning me placement as a member of the national leadership honor society, Omicron Delta Kappa.
My work experience started by working at my college in campus security and conference services. After graduation from college, I worked in marketing at an insurance brokerage in Seattle. However, it was all far from home. The climate and draw of my family pulled me back to Grants Pass in 2000 and I’ve been here ever since.
Upon my return, I started working for the City of Grants Pass as a 911 Dispatcher. The work proved challenging and rewarding. During that time, I had the opportunity to work as a volunteer with the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office as a reserve deputy, eventually rising to the rank of Reserve Sergeant. In 2005, my career path turned a new leaf when I became an adult parole probation officer, while also spending time working in the sheriff’s dispatch center. In April 2014, I was promoted to Parole and Probation Program Supervisor.
During those years, I became interested in government and found myself elected to the Grants Pass City Council. Involvement there led me to work with the County Board of Commissioners, and a Board Liaison for numerous departments and agencies, and ultimately be elected as your State Representative!
My work experience lead me to becoming a founding board member of the Grants Pass Sobering Center and a (former) board member of the Reaching Our Community food pantry. Community involvement and helping bring a more positive future to those around me is inherent in all I do.
When I have free moments, I enjoy playing musical instruments, reading, spending time with family, and loving on my short-legged Jack Russell Terriers.
Seattle Pacific University
Southern Oregon University
NaCo Professional Development
AOC/OSU Extension County College
Rotary Leadership Institute