I am a current school board member and parent of 3 in the district. I have been a social worker and educator for over 15 years. I have had the priviledge of being an active member in the Batavia community. I served as a successful PTO President at Grace McWayne school for 3 years. I helped on the Build a Better Batavia committee and supported the Bulldogs Unleashed campaign for Grace McWayne. I am currently the chair of Batavia Inter-school council. This unique organizations goal is to network, brainstorm and collaborate on various ways to continue the success of Batavia schools and stay connected with our community.
I hope that being in education for the last 33 years will help me make good decisions if elected to the board. I am a good listener and try to analyze all the information before making a decision. If that means asking tough questions or have something explained again in layman’s terms, that is what I would do.
I have 25 years working in public education. I have vast professional experience that I can use for the benefit of the Batavia community. I have touched the many areas of a school system, such as finance, transportation, food service, insurance, facilities and construction and technology. I am familiar with the many challenges we face given the difficult financial environment we find ourselves in. I also believe in having both short and long term outlooks to better prepare the district for what lies ahead. And I have two children attending our schools.
My career as a financial advisor benefited me in a number of ways. Any good financial plan (whether it is for an individual, a company, or a school district) begins with a strong balance sheet. My experience with budgeting and cutting wasteful spending was a necessary first step to establishing a solid financial foundation for my clients. My career as a financial advisor began in Houston, Texas, the oil hub of the United States. The oil industry in Houston draws people from around the world and all parts of the U.S., so my clientele was naturally very diverse. I learned a great deal in being able to work with many different individuals and families with varying investment goals and expectations. I believe that if I am elected, I can work with others to bring about positive fiscal changes for the school district and its budget.
I have been very active in both church and school activities. In the past I have served as a member of our church Council, served as a member of the Evangelism Team and presently help with the LOGOS program. I also currently serve as a Ways and Means PTO Board member at Alice Gustafson Elementary School. I have also served as Room Parent and on various other committees at the school including Fun Fair and Clothing Sale. These activities have allowed me to work with people, make budgets, meet deadlines and make decisions. All very important components in a School Board Member.
My entire career has been one connected with science and education, focusing mainly on higher education. I have been working with both undergraduate and graduate students for the past 20 years and now have become increasingly interested in K-12 education, as my children have grown. Based on my work experience I also understand the need for fiscal responsibility and balance.
My background consists of a degree in Economics from the University of Iowa in 1998 with an emphasis in Political Science. I have been in talent identification and recruiting for 14 years and I have worked within and run my own business in rental management for over 20 years. I have been elected to a homeowner association’s board as President and Vice President (5 years of total term). My experience in finance and fiscal responsibility will lend very well to this role. I am involved in my community, schools and philanthropy and I believe that being elected to the school board will be able to further my passion for service to the citizens of Batavia.