Grew up at Central & Camelback in Phoenix, Arizona. Attended Brophy College Prep, Phoenix College and the American Institute of Banking.
Employed in commercial banking for 10 years, savings and loans for 4 years, and the FDIC/RTC for 5 years.
Founded a real estate investment company in 1992, focused in the Central Corridor of Phoenix. Acquisition and management of all types of real property. Own and operate the company from inception to present.
Member of Lion’s Club from 1979 to 1984, served as president in 1982.
Business leader and advisor in Junior Achievement from 1983 to 1985.
Member of Phoenix Light Rail Task Force 2000-2007.
Member of Community Advisory Board for Central & Camelback WQARF site (Arizona Department of Environmental Quality) 2001-2003.
Volunteer in elections of Mayor Gordon and Councilman Simplot, 2003-2005.
Member of Urban Land Institute Central & Camelback Development Assessment Group in 2004.
Member of Downtown Collaboration, Housing Futures and Urban Design Committee 2005.
Member of Phoenix Rental Property Task Force 2005-2007.
Member of Phoenix Light Rail Citizen's Advisory Board 2005-2009.
Named "Community Business Associate of the Year" in 2005 by the Arizona Business Association.
Co-founder and Co-Chair of BOMARC, Business Owners & Merchants Along the Rail Corridor, 2006-2010.
Board Member, North Central Phoenix Homeowners Association, 2011-2013.
Board Member, City of Phoenix Infill Development Advisory Board, 2012-2015.
Chairman, Vice-Chair and Board Member of City of Phoenix Alhambra Village Planning
Committee, 2003-2009. Re-appointed in 2010, re-elected Chairman in 2013 and 2014, re-elected Vice-Chairman in 2015 and 2016.
President, Pierson Place Historic District, 2000 to present.
President, Community Alliance of Seventh Avenue, 2013 to present.
Board Member, Central & Camelback 4-Corners Coalition, 2011 to present.
Board Member, Mayor Stanton's Neighborhood Advisory Board, 2012 to present.
Board Member, ReInventPHX Uptown Steering Committee, 2014 to present.
Board Member, Seventh Avenue Merchant’s Association, 2015 to present.
Married in 1999, 2 children.
Member of St. Francis Catholic Church and Christown YMCA.
Hobbies: woodworking, mechanical projects, gardening, reading and learning.
My family and I relocated to Phoenix from Michigan in 2007. I currently work as a freelance writer and high school English teacher.
I have done a variety of volunteer work, both currently and in the past, but working with CASA has been my first foray into community activism and board membership. I attended the September 2014 CASA board meeting with the hopes of trying my hand at grant writing, and next thing I knew, they made me Treasurer. During my tenure with CASA, I have learned many valuable lessons about collaboration, project management, grant programs, and the virtue of patience.
I married my husband Geoff in 2005. We have two teenagers, two cats, and two dogs. I'm a blood donor, National Honor Society advisor, and a Daughter of the American Revolution. I enjoy gardening, traveling, snorkeling, cooking, and sailing.
I have lived or worked in the Phoenix Central Core since 1989. In 1999 I was appointed Superintendent of the AmeriSchools Academy, a public charter school serving K-8, located at 1333 W. Camelback Rd. Our family has been member of St Francis Catholic Church since 1989. My involvement in the Central Phoenix Core includes the following:
CASA Board member 2014 - present
Pasadena Neighborhood Association, Board Member 1992 - present
Grandview Neighborhood Association, Board Member 2014- 2015
Community Advisory Board Member (CAB) for Light Rail Line Section 1 2006 - 2009
Alhambra Village Planning Committee Member 2009 – present
Uptown Reinvent Phoenix Planning Committee Member 2014 – present
Various volunteer activities all related to the Central Phoenix Core 1992 – present
In 1991, I married my wonderful wife, Debbie , who works for the Peoria School District. We have one son Andre, who attended and graduated from St. Francis Elementary and Brophy College Prep. He recently graduated from Long Island University where he had been attending on a scholastic and soccer scholarship. He now pays rent and I got a raise! Life is good!