I am a graduate of Maryland’s public school system. (Parkville Senior High – 1982). When I graduated from high school, my mother could not afford to pay for college, yet that didn’t stop me from pursuing an education. I received several scholarships and worked full time while attending Towson State University. Unfortunately, while in 1986 while working full time and living on my own, it became too difficult to attend classes full time. Yet finishing college never stopped being a personal dream. In 2004 with two young children of my own, I planned to go back to school. As we were lining up resources to make this possible, the tenant in the rental property my husband and I owned; moved out. With a second mortgage to pay, it seemed I would have to put my education on hold again. Instead, my mother came to me and said that she wished she could have afforded to pay for my schooling when I first pursued a college degree. As a single parent with limited resources she was unable to do so at the time. “I couldn’t then, but I can now,” she told me. With her help, I returned to school. In December of 2010, I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Business Administration from Strayer University. A Harford Leadership Academy graduate (1993), I also completed the Academy for Excellence in Governance through the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy in 2017
I have been employed by a medical eye care practice, Advanced Eye Care located in Bel Air MD since 2012. I am also currently serving as a Havre de Grace City Councilwoman, first elected in 2015 and re-elected in 2017. For the past 35+ years, I have worked in both the private and public sector. I have worked for local government, public safety, hospitality, restaurants and tourism and am currently employed in the healthcare field. I have owned and operated my own business. From 2007 to 2012, I served as the Public Information Officer for the Harford County Sheriff’s Office. In the mid 90’s, I served as the Economic Development and Tourism Coordinator for the City of Havre de Grace’s Department of Planning. I spent over 25 years of my career in the hotel/restaurant and tourism industry. My career in food service began in the early 80’s at Burger King. I finished my career in hotels/restaurants as the Vice President of Hess Hotels Group and owner of Charley’s Grilled Subs and Wholly Cow Ice Cream in Edgewood MD. I have served in leadership roles on a myriad of state and local boards, commission and committees to include Harford County Chamber of Commerce, Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce, Maryland Tourism Council, Harford County Tourism, Harford County Economic Development Advisory Board, the Route 40 Business Association and the Susquehanna Workforce Network to name a few.