Being a lifelong resident of Grundy and Kendall Counties, I am proud to serve the communities I grew up in and currently, live in.
While my family is no longer in the farming community, my 45 years in that industry shaped who I am today. Working with people to solve problems and helping in times of need has led me to proudly serve my fellow taxpayers of Grundy and Kendall counties for the past 14 years.
I graduated from Illinois State University in 1993 and began my teaching/coaching career at Center Elementary School and Shabbona Middle School in Morris. While teaching and coaching, I pursued my Masters Of Science Degree from Illinois State University and graduated with an Administrative License in 1998. I accepted my first administrative position in Marseilles as Assistant Principal. I then had the wonderful opportunity to return to District 54 in Morris to serve on the administrative team that opened White Oak Elementary (now known as Morris Grade School). While serving as Assistant Principal at White Oak Elementary, I attended Northern Illinois University and earned an Education Specialist Degree with a Superintendent License. In the Fall of 2004, I became Superintendent of Nettle Creek Elementary School. After serving as District Superintendent for three years, I accepted the position of Assistant Regional Superintendent of Schools in July 2007. I was appointed by the Republican Party in March of 2013 to complete the term vacated by my predecessor’s retirement. I was elected to the position in the fall of 2014, re-elected in the fall of 2018, and currently seeking re-election in the fall of 2022. I have enjoyed working with our constituents, school districts, local agencies, and county boards to expand the services the ROE provides.
I am a single parent of four children (a senior at Yorkville High School, a junior at Yorkville Christian High School, a sophomore at Yorkville High School, and a seventh-grader at Yorkville Middle School) and a 110 pound Pyrenees/Shepherd named Marshmellow.