My family is from Aberdeen, WA where I learned the skills of clam digging, beach combing, and keeping sand out of the family Mother’s Day picnic. I grew up in Lacey, WA where as a kid I rode my bike everywhere, made forts in the woods, and enjoyed childhood with many neighborhood friends.
In 1987 I moved to Oso, WA where I graduated from Arlington High School. I must tell you, as a teenager moving to a rural town, I was shocked by the difference between city and country living. I struggled learning to drive a tractor, loved berry picking in the high alpine, and learned what community living and supporting your neighbor really meant. Five years ago, the Oso mudslide took friends and community members that were part of my foundation. Looking back, I appreciate all the times we fostered love and community because it became our strength during one of the community’s hardest times.
I went to college at Western Washington University. There I got my Bachelor’s in Human Services and my Master’s in Adult Education. I started my career in law enforcement working in dispatch and records for Western Washington University Police and enjoyed 11 years in law enforcement working with amazing men and women who risked their lives every day to ensure the safety of our communities.
I left law enforcement to work at Snohomish County Elections in early 2005. I was hired to implement the newly developed statewide voter registration database and worked closely with vendors and the Secretary of State’s office to ensure smooth implementation. I enjoyed the twelve years I worked at the county elections department and personally assisted thousands of voters by answering questions, issuing replacement ballots, explaining candidate filing, providing election assistance, and ensuring that voters had the information and materials necessary to participate in the election process.
During the twelve years I worked in Snohomish County Elections, I also focused on community involvement. I discovered that I enjoy being a Guardian Ad Litem for Superior Court advocating for children and their needs. I enjoy volunteering as a Certified Mediator for Volunteers of America. I also enrolled in Seattle University Law School and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 2015.
In 2017 I took a position with Secretary of State Kim Wyman. I review county compliance of statutes and ensure the integrity of the voting systems used statewide through logic and accuracy testing. I build partnerships statewide with all county auditors, and I have been so blessed with friendships and experiences gained through these interactions. It’s funny that 14 years later I’m working at the Secretary of State’s office assisting counties with implementation of the newest statewide voter registration system.
With two careers spanning 25 years of licensing, recording, elections, and enforcement services it is no surprise that I recently decided to run for Snohomish County Auditor. My experience, education, and integrity have demonstrated that I have the knowledge and ability to be a great leader.
Interests & Accomplishments
- Staff Employees Council Committee Coordinator
1996 Department of Social & Health Services Community Resource Aid
- Assisted clients with document completion and locating resources
1996-1997 Northwest Harvest Community Affairs Assistant
1997-1998 The Opportunity Council Development Intern
2000-2004 University of Washington Police Department
- Communications Manager (CAD/RMS Manager)
- Oversight of E911 Fund
- Managed Dispatch and Records Centers
- Law Enforcement Information & Records Association member
2005-2017 Snohomish County Elections
- Acting Supervisor, Lead, Customer Service II
2009-2017 Superior Court Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem
2010-Present Dispute Resolution Center of Snohomish and Skagit County
- Certified Mediator
2015 & 2016 International exchange student host
2017-Present Secretary of State Elections, Certification and Training Specialist
2018Everett Animal Shelter Dog Walker
1997-2001 National Development Officers Association
1997-2004 Education Advocate/Liaison
2004-2007 Moms Club International
2008-Present Sons of Norway
2012-Present Girl Scouts
2014-Present Washington Women Lawyers
2016-Present 4H Lads and Lassies
2018-Present American Association of University Women (AAUW)
1998 Western Washington University BA in Human Services
2000 Western Washington University MA in Adult Education
2011 Antioch University Professional Mediation Certification
2015 Seattle University Law School Juris Doctor
- Women’s Law Caucus 2012-2015
- Pro Bono Pledge 2012-2015
Integrity is defined as the quality of being honest, of good moral character, having strong moral principles and being trustworthy.
maintain integrity in Licensing
A leader must demonstrate strong moral principles of accountability, inclusion, and respect with a commitment to advancing public safety and consumer protection using licensing, regulation and community education.
maintain integrity in Recording
A leader must ensure the accuracy and consistency of the data throughout the life of each record, ensure the process of data collection is complete and consistent, and ensure data availability into the future.
maintain integrity in Animal Services
A leader must uphold the ethics of enforcement and animal welfare services, ensure that excellence and professionalism are present with each community interaction, and that legal boundaries of public privacy and safety are upheld.
maintain integrity in Elections
A leader must support transparency, maintain truthful communications, demonstrate consistency and accuracy of process, interpret and apply laws correctly, and provide a history of good moral standing within the election community.