This year, I decided to run for Garrett County Commissioner for a number of reasons, not least of which being that in a county with 51% women and almost a quarter of the population as registered Democrats, we have had Commissioners who are neither for 25 years. It is high time that we add a new voice to the conversation and the process of developing Garrett County to be a thriving community with solid economic, social and environmental health.
I Imagine a thriving community of men AND women working together to strengthen the well-being of Garrett County. Together, we will…
- Make government more effective through citizen engagement.
- Develop common sense, modern economic solutions for a stronger Garrett County.
- Enhance training and mentoring to support job creation and worker readiness.
- Bring together our community – workers, professionals, small business owners, farmers, seniors – to build a better future for Garrett County youth.
I love Garrett County. My husband, Ken, and I moved here 20 years ago after having lived in several other parts of the country. We were looking for a place to call home and fell in love with the natural beauty of Garrett County, the amazingly kind and talented people, the rich history, and the idea of being part of a community. Today, I have never lived in one place longer than I have lived in Garrett County. From the moment we moved here, I jumped in whole-heartedly to take an active part in my new community. During my time as a resident of Garrett County, as I had done in my professional life before, I have worked and volunteered for local non-profits that provided needed community services. I started working at Garrett College in 2004 and worked as an Administrator in career counseling, academic advising, global education and other student services until 2015. Currently, I am the Volunteer Coordinator for HART for Animals and have been for almost 3 years. It is an organization that both Ken and I joined in 2004 as volunteer animal transporters and at fund raising events.
I fully believe in volunteerism and have been active in many organizations, usually in a leadership role. My first community service role in Garrett County was with the Business and Professional Women Club, for whom I served as Communications Coordinator. Then in 2002, I joined AAUW-Garrett Branch (American Association of University Women), for which I was President in 2004-2005 and again in 2016 until the present. In AAUW, our current local priorities are Scholarships for Women, Women Student Leadership at Garrett College and Mentoring for Middle School Girls.
In 2012, I was appointed by the Garrett County Commissioners to the Garrett County Commission for Women and have served as its Chair since 2016. As Chair, I have guided the Commission to be active with broader segments of our community, to engage in strategic planning and to improve accountability to the County Commissioners. I have served on several Boards of Directors including with the House of Hope, Mountain Laurel Medical Center, Garrett Lakes Arts Festival and, currently, Engage Mountain Maryland. I have volunteered with the Deep Creek Art & Wine Festival for many years and have been the festival’s Volunteer Coordinator for the past 5 years.
I Imagine a thriving Garrett County with citizens who are engaged and contributing to the well-being of our community.
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February 4, 2018