Employment: Associate State Director for Outreach at AARP Maryland
Education: Master’s Degree in Management of Aging Services
Political Experience: Serving as a Fairfield Area School District board member, carrying out the remaining term of a former board member, has been my first experience holding public office.
Community Involvement: In my professional and personal life, I have been involved in a myriad of community-based projects working with organizations such as Rebuilding Together, Baltimore City Schools, Moveable Feast, University of Maryland Extension Program, Mother Seton School and Fairfield AYSO.
What makes you the best candidate? I work for an organization founded on the contributions of volunteers. I have witnessed volunteers create change on a major scale, from passing legislation to creating and implementing new community-based programming. It inspires me, and like them, I work to bring consensus and encourage teamwork where there are varying viewpoints and no obvious solutions.
Having a few months of experience on the board has provided me the opportunity to learn from the most seasoned members and has allowed me to assess the major priorities for the district.
What are the most important issues facing the office you are seeking? First and foremost is the safety of our students and staff. Safety is a multifaceted issue that involves collaboration of every individual in the school system, including the students and parents. Constructive dialogue and the acknowledgement that creating a safety mitigation plan is an ongoing endeavor, unique to the district, is critical. We must be thinking about it every day, with a major emphasis on prevention.
Second is to help improve communications between the district and the community. A collaborative approach involving constructive feedback from the community, received through the appropriate channels, is key. In reverse, clear, consistent and easily accessible information from the district will aid in creating a healthy dialogue between both parties.