I would be honored and delighted to serve on Summit's Common Council,
representing the residents of Ward 2. Through its actions, Council
helps shape Summit's character and makes it the kind of city that
we love and are proud to call home. I have the skills, the temperament
and the civic motivation to be an effective Council team member.
I have energetically begun my campaign by listening to your concerns
as I visit neighborhoods and attend community events. I'm meeting
with individuals and groups all over town, asking questions to
be informed on community issues. I look forward to meeting you,
sharing ideas and being resourceful to putting them into action.
My Community Involvement
I have been actively involved in neighborhood, City, school, religious
and non-profit groups in our Summit community since moving here
in 1995. I served on the City's Historic Preservation Commission
for six years, which exposed me to zoning, planning and master
plan issues. As a trustee of the Summit Area Public Foundation,
I have had the opportunity to learn of the needs and assist many
of the non-profits in our area. I was one of the early board members
of Summit Supports Our Troops, which is now Bonds of Courage.
I have been an involved parent and volunteer in the schools and
Scout troops, tutored ESL students, and served as a religious
ed teacher at St. Teresa's. This wide network of connections in
our community is a great resource for me in reaching out, listening
and resolving community issues.
My husband Charlie and I chose Summit as our home 18 years ago
to raise our two sons. This year we celebrate our 25th wedding
anniversary! Our son David is a junior at Georgetown, and our
son Michael is a sophomore at the University of Chicago. I was
born outside of Pittsburgh and raised in Alexandria, Virginia,
a suburb of Washington, DC. I attended Fort Hunt High School there,
earned a BS in Commerce with Distinction from the University of
Virginia, and an MBA from the College of William and Mary.
My Business Experience
My 24 years of finance, planning and process management experience
equip me with key skills for Council guidance, analysis and decision-making.
With leadership positions in Finance and Purchasing, I led high
performance teams spanning many disciplines. As Assistant Controller,
I was responsible for accounting, budgeting and controls and,
as a Director in Purchasing, I implemented high profile technology
projects. I am effective in bringing diverse groups together,
building teams to improve processes and achieving results.
As a Summit Common Council member, my focus will be to ensure
that our city is efficient and effective in providing services
to our residents. My goals include creating long term plans to
limit spending and taxes, enriching our town and schools to attract
and retain a diverse resident and business community, and expanding
knowledge through communication so we have involvement by all
in all things Summit. This is the time for new ideas and a new
voice on Council!
I look forward to seeing you around town and encourage you to
contact me with your thoughts and ideas as we shape Summit's future