I was raised in Buffalo, New York but found my way to Illinois to attend Loyola University in Chicago. After graduating with a BA in Communications, I got married and moved to McHenry where I have lived ever since. I have two children and four grandchildren, all of whom live in Illinois.
I have always been interested and engaged in local politics, but I wasn’t truly involved until running for office. As a Democrat in McHenry County, I was not expected to defeat a Republican, much less an 18-year incumbent…but I did! Once I was elected I became involved in the McHenry County Democratic Party as a precinct committeeman and as the treasurer. My political training was enhanced when I was selected to participate in the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership program (IWIL) and completed that training with 11 other amazing women that made up the Class of 2015.
It has been through my continued involvement in politics on the local, township, county and state level that has inspired my decision to run for State Senate where I believe change has to occur so we can put Illinois back on the right track.
In 1987 I received my Illinois Real Estate License and began working as a Realtor. It was through this profession that I became interested in property assessment. I was selected initially as an alternate but eventually was appointed as a full member of the McHenry County Board of Review, serving in that capacity for 13 years.
My desire to advance in assessments led me to a Deputy Assessor position and eventually my run for/ election as McHenry Township Assessor.
I have always been involved in my community. I was directly involved in many youth sporting groups as a coach and league officer. As an IHSA softball official for 32 years, I was also a trainer/mentor for those wishing to continue in that field.
I was also very involved in my local real estate association as a member of several committees, including the Ethics Committee as a member and chairman, Professional Standards and the Education Committee as a volunteer, and the Continuing Education as an instructor.
I was also actively involved in my church, volunteering many hours a week on different committees. Most of my connections to the community come from the many relationships I have developed through constant participation in these many different aspects of community life.