Moving my family to Independence in 1993 to teach for USD 446 has proven to be very rewarding for me and my family. After teaching for 2 years, I accepted an administrative position as Business Manager at the district for the next 17 years. My responsibilities included budgets and support services including maintenance, food service and transportation. I currently serve as the Environmental and Safety Coordinator for the South East Kansas Education Service Center at Greenbush.
Prior to moving to Independence, I taught for 8 years at Chanute USD 413 before moving to the private sector as Material Control Manager for Churchill Pumping Units for 12 years. I obtained my Bachelor’s of Science degree from Kansas State University in1973 followed by my Master’s Degree from Pittsburg State University in 1978. Having pursued both public and private sector careers has prepared me well for my duties as a city commissioner.
Volunteer and community service have always been a priority as a way to give back to a community I love. My current community involvement includes serving on the USD 446 Foundation Board, as chair of the Mercy Hospital Community Board and the Mercy Regional Board of Directors. I have also served on boards for the Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Independence, and Neewollah serving as Generalissimo in 2010.
My son, Derek, is a Field Service Engineer for Schlumberger International in Oklahoma City. My daughter, Kelsie, recently graduated from Wichita State University to pursue her goal of becoming a dental hygienist.