Thank you for visiting my website to retain my seat on the Board of Spokane County Commissioners. I have had a long professional and volunteer career that makes me uniquely qualified to continue to serve you as County Commissioner.
I have lived in Spokane most of my life. I graduated from Central Valley High School and then from Gonzaga University with a degree in Accounting. I am blessed to have met my husband Max here 25 years ago, and we have raised two wonderful children. Our daughter just received her Master’s in Structural Engineering and is working in Seattle and our son is a freshman at WSU.
I am a CPA, former Washington State Auditor, and was the Chief Deputy Auditor for Spokane County prior to being appointed County Commissioner. As a Washington State Auditor, I was in-charge of the Spokane County audit for two years, ensuring that the County complied with all laws and regulations. In my former role of Chief Deputy Auditor for Spokane County, I worked with all the departments across the County. I have established relationships with department heads, so I don’t have to rely on just reading reports. I can talk with them and ask direct questions and get real answers. I use a collaborative approach to problem solving.
Spokane County is facing a budget shortfall and I have hit the ground running, looking towards solutions that will stream-line and build efficiencies, with the help of the employees and department heads. Together we can “think out of the box” and find real, fiscally conservative solutions.
I have been volunteering in the Spokane community for 30 years, helping the youth of Spokane. This includes Hutton Settlement, Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts, Junior League, and HUB Sports Center. All of these organizations provide opportunities for kids and teach them to be valuable members of our community. This is important because we need to break the cycle that our vulnerable children are in so they do not end up in jail, raising the costs of the entire legal system, and using more of our tax dollars. It is this service to our community that I want to continue as County Commissioner.
As a business owner, I have experience with both small and large companies. I started two small businesses from scratch and made each a thriving, successful business. Our family business has been in Spokane for four generations, enabling economic development and providing hundreds of family wage jobs. It is both the large business experience, and the small business entrepreneurial skills that I bring to the Board of County Commissioners.
Lastly, I want to tell you where my values come from. My dad served this great country twice. He was drafted into the Air Force at the end of World War II, where he served less than one year. Then he was called up for the Korean War and served 3 years in the Marines. My brother enlisted into the Navy and served 8 years, so I understand the bravery and sacrifice of our veterans.
My mother was the oldest of 7 girls and lost her mother at a very young age. She and her sisters lived in an orphanage in Sioux City Iowa. They had nothing but each other. So, family is very important to me!
My parents taught my siblings and I to pray to God, be kind, be honest and really listen to people. Those are the values that I live by and am bringing to the Board of County Commissioners.