Like many Arlingtonians, I grew up elsewhere. I moved around a lot as a child in a military family, but always tried to plant my roots wherever we made our home. After graduating from James Madison University in 2001, I moved to Arlington and it became my true home. And, as I have in every place, I have lived my passion for community and public service throughout my more than 15 years as an Arlingtonian.
My Dad was in the Coast Guard and our family went wherever he was posted. I’m grateful for the opportunity that our travels provided me; I experienced many schools and met people from all over the country with diverse backgrounds and customs. Throughout my childhood, I participated in competitive gymnastics and community service, like the Key Club, both of which helped me find a connection to my new communities.
When I enrolled at JMU, I began in the Athletic Training and Pre-Physical Therapy Program, and ultimately graduated with a B.S. in health administration and a minor in business. Throughout my time at JMU, I participated in club gymnastics, soccer, lacrosse; was active in Eta Sigma Gamma; and volunteered at one of the local nursing homes. Giving time to community service causes during college was an important outlet for me and I knew that wherever I ended up after leaving JMU, I would want to settle in a place where there were many opportunities to give back to my community.
During the summer of 2001, I moved to Arlington’s Cherrydale neighborhood. One of the reasons I chose to live in Arlington is because there was a strong network of JMU alumni living here and I knew they would help me get settled in quickly. My career at the time, assisting hospitals design electronic records systems to improve patient care and reduced cost, required me to travel a lot. Despite the travel, I still made it a priority to become involved and to put down roots in my new community. When I wasn’t travelling, I spent my time volunteering with a Head Start program in Ballston.
In late 2004 I made a career change and took a position at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Also that year, having been a former Key Clubber, I made it a priority to join the Arlington Kiwanis Club. The Arlington Kiwanis chapter immediately welcomed me and introduced me to so many other opportunities for community service in Arlington. One such opportunity was the the Leadership Arlington Signature program, into which I was accepted in November 2004.
Community service has always been important to me, but I have also been drawn to the importance of public service. I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to chair the Arlington Emergency Preparedness Advisory Commission where I have gained valuable hand-on experience working with our first responders. Whether serving as the current president of the Leeway-Overlee Civic Association, volunteering with Head Start at Taylor Elementary, or being an EMT with the Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department, I have made service to others a priority in my life. These experiences coupled with my professional background in Health IT have prepared me well to be a thoughtful and forward thinking member of the County Board.
During the course of this campaign, I will be focusing on three key areas:
● Public Safety (EMS, fire, and police).
● Protecting Arlington’s Diversity (Cultural, Age, and Economic)
● Preparing Arlington for the future (Efficient and effective government, staying competitive for business, and collaborating with neighboring jurisdictions).
Division Director – American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
Senior Manager – Deloitte Consulting, Commercial & Federal Health
Analyst – SAIC, National Cancer Institute
Personal Trainer – Sport & Health
Project Architect – Cerner, Electronic Health Record Implementations
Intern – Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick
Arlington Emergency Preparedness Advisory Commission (EPAC), Chair
Leeway Overlee Civic Association, President
Arlington Committee of 100, Chair, Secretary
Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Member
Merry Mews Homeowners Association, Treasurer & President
Arlington County Civic Federation, Vice President & Membership Chair
Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) Joint Campaign Co-Chair
Leadership Arlington, Class of 2007
Arlington Kiwanis, Board of Directors
Awarded “Arlington’s 40 Under 40” Award – Inaugural Class
Arlington County Civic Federation – Annual Certificate of Appreciation – Rising Star
Sorensen Political Leadership Program, Alumni
Unsung Hero – Arlington Young Democrats
Campaigner of the Year – Arlington Democratic Committee
Member of the Month – Arlington Kiwanis
Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department, Volunteer EMT, Membership Chair, Compliance Officer
Arlington Free Clinic, Volunteer EMT/Intake, Women’s Clinic, Scribe
Health Aid Volunteer – Nepal Medical Missions, EMT/Healthcare Provider
Religious Education Teacher, Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
Arlington Fun Ride – Phoenix Bikes, Organizer
Alexandria-Arlington School Readiness Council, Member
Key Club Liaison: Washington and Lee, Yorktown, O’Connell, and with Buckingham Youth Brigade
Taylor Elementary and ACAP Headstart Volunteer