The rolling hills and rivers here next to the Smoky Mountains are some of the most beautiful in the world. When I first moved to East Tennessee I instantly felt at home, and it made me think, maybe we all have roots in the Appalachian Mountains.
I love being outdoors and taking advantage of the mountains and streams that define our land and our history. Many of my values come from a childhood spent exploring nature with my grandparents, riding horses with my family and learning respect for others as a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Additionally, I have spent most of my professional career working in public service as an advocate for improved healthcare and a healthy environment. For the past 14 years I served as the executive director of the Tennessee Clean Water Network, working to improve water quality across the Volunteer State.
My father was a public school teacher, and I embrace the importance of improving education for all children and preparing them for the challenges of life. And, as I care for my aging mother, I fully understand the needs of our growing elderly population.
My love for the outdoors led me to earn advanced degrees in Science and Agricultural Management after college. In addition to my work with the Tennessee Clean Water Network, I served as Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the national Clean Water Network and was a founding board member of the Community Health Alliance – Tennessee’s first co-operative health insurance company. Locally, I served as Chairperson and Commissioner of the Knoxville Transportation Authority and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Bijou Theater.
As Tennessee’s Second District Representative, I will work to make Tennessee a better place to live. I will fight for affordable and accessible healthcare, a living wage, a strong public school system, and a healthy environment.