Occupation / Current Position Marketing and Community Engagement
Education A.S.-Radiologic Technology from Grand Rapids Community College, B.S.-Career and Technical Education from Ferris State University, MBA-focus on Leadership Development from Northwood University
Qualifications / Experience I have a background in healthcare, education and small business. I serve my community through my work with many of our local nonprofits including; board member at Family Promise of Grand Rapids, mentor at Affinity Mentoring, speaker for Junior Achievement, volunteer for Ele’s Place Grand Rapids, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, Steepletown Neighborhood Services, and All Saints Academy.
1. PRIORITIES: What are your top three state legislative priorities and how would you address them?
My top three priorities are education, continued investment in roads and infrastructure, and treatment programs to fight opioid addiction.
Education: I will fight to put more dollars in the classroom. We need to invest in our children and provide them with a high-quality education, including access to skilled trade programs.
Roads and Infrastructure: We can see the work being done, and it needs to continue.
Opioids: Working in healthcare I personally cared for many people who were struggling with opioid addiction. It’s time to address the lack of support programs and ensure our community has the resources it needs.
2. EDUCATION: What measures do you support/propose to achieve improved educational outcomes and accessibility for Michigan students from early childhood through post-secondary education?
It is critical that our children have the opportunity to receive a high-quality education. Supporting their education starts in early childhood education and continues through their K-12 experience. Ensuring students read by 3rd grade starts in preschool and it is important that every child has access to these programs. Also, as we are looking to prepare our children for the jobs of the future it is necessary to invest in the skilled trade areas. These career paths pay well and don’t leave our children with an enormous amount of student loan debt.
3. ECONOMY: What policies do you support to increase jobs and help Michigan residents improve their economic positions?
I will support providing resources to individuals that are seeking training in skilled trade programs. These programs typically provide mentoring, support and job placement assistance for students. Graduates of these programs are able to begin working right away in various trade areas throughout Michigan.
4. ELECTIONS: What state policies do you support regarding campaign funding and voting rights?
I am brand new to the campaign/political world. I have filed my own Michigan Campaign Finance report and have learned how to follow the laws that govern funding and voting rights.
5. ENVIRONMENT & ENERGY: What actions or policies do you support to protect Michigan’s water, air and land for current and future generations, while meeting the state’s energy needs? Explain how those actions or policies would affect the future of Enbridge Pipeline 5.
Michigan is a very diverse state in the way of energy and our environment. From solar to wind, biomass, and propane, every form of energy plays a role and meets a need. I have spent a significant amount of time learning, and continue to learn about the regulations and laws governing our state. I believe Michigan needs to continue to have strict environmental rules to protect the Great Lakes. We need to make decisions that do not harm the environment or the people that utilize the energy created.
6. JUSTICE: What policies will you pursue to promote social and racial justice in our state?
I believe my background in education has best prepared me to personally promote social and racial justice by fighting to provide a high-quality education to every child in Michigan. Often jobs and higher education opportunities are given to those that can pass entry exams and then more narrowly granted to the high performers of these examinations. We know that there currently exists a huge disparity in test scores throughout Michigan. I will focus on providing adequate resources and the much-needed support to help every child meet their potential, preparing them for the same opportunities upon graduation.