I am a long-time Spokane Valley resident, a mother, and small business owner. I am a proud graduate of Gonzaga’s School of Business where I earned my MBA in 2007. As a certified public accountant, I have a strong track record of helping small businesses and nonprofits achieve greater success in our community. Through my own experience as a business owner, and through my years of advising other organizations, I have a true sense of how to reform tax laws and regulations to enhance our communities and to help businesses thrive.
I grew up in a small, close-knit town in Oklahoma, the daughter of a farmer and a public school teacher. I met my husband Andrew in 1993, on our first day of freshman year at Yale University, and we married two months after graduation. We moved to Andrew’s hometown of Spokane Valley in 2001, deciding that it is the ideal place to raise our family. We have now been married almost 15 years and have two incredible sons: Alex, age 13, and Aidan, age 11. After many hours spent volunteering in our kids’ schools, we fully appreciate how lucky we are to have great public education here in Spokane. We spend family time on the Centennial Trail, for leisure and training for marathons and triathlons together.
I have served on many boards and commissions, most recently the Citizens Financial Advisory Council, created by Spokane Mayor Mary Verner and continued by Mayor David Condon. There, I helped establish a comprehensive plan to streamline the city’s expenses and revenues, moving toward greater equity and efficiency in local government. I am an active member of Bethany Presbyterian Church, where I teach Sunday school and serve on the finance committee.