My parents met in Connecticut. My mom was attending Connecticut College and my dad was at the Coast Guard Academy. Both were the first ones in their families to attend college. Hard work. Commitment. Thoughtful decision making. Those were the important values in our house.
I’m grateful for the opportunity which our travels provided me. I experienced many schools, so many different types of people and ways of thinking. While at Arundel Senior High in Gambrills, Md., I was involved in competitive gymnastics and community service, both of which helped me find a connection to my new communities.
I went on to study health administration and business at James Madison and, in 2001, moved to Arlington to pursue my professional passion: putting technology to work in the health industry to improve patient care, increase efficiencies, reduce costs, and improve public health. Once settled, I looked for opportunities to get involved with my new community. That’s when I began volunteering at the local elementary school, then HeadStart, ultimately finding my way to Kiwanis. From Kiwanis, I continued forging my connections and commitment to our community.
Indeed, I found my home.
I've always been one of those people who likes to be out and about in the community. I always get involved in different kinds of organizations, meeting different people, and learning new and different things.
Even way back as a high school student, I was an active Key Club Member and was also a Sunday School Teacher. In college, I volunteered at a local nursing home, was an active member of Eta Sigma Gamma (a service fraternity), and was a computer lab assistant at a local elementary school.
When I moved to Arlington, I began volunteering in the neighborhood elementary school and at Head Start. When Head Start lost its funding, I joined Arlington Kiwanis to assist in serving some of the Head Start families who had been impacted. With Kiwanis, I've served as Youth Outreach and also on the Board of Directors. All these experiences have opened up a world of community service needs and opportunities:
- - Leadership Arlington Class of 2007
- - Leadership Arlington, Speaker Series Committee and Young Professionals Development Committee
- - Arlington Votes Initiative (initiated)
- - Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC), Co-Chair
- - County Board Campaign, co-campaign manager
- - Arlington Democrats, various campaign and initiatives role
- - "Unsung Hero," Arlington Young Democrats
- - "Campaigner of the Year," Arlington Democratic Committee
- - Kiwanis, Board of Directors
- - Merry Mews Homeowners Association, treasurer
- - Leeway Overlee Civic Association, vice president
- - Arlington Civic Federation, representative
- - Organization of Women Voters, representative to Civic Federation
- - Arlington Committee of 100, board member
- - Arlington Capital Improvement Planning (CIP) Commission, member
EMERGENCY SERVICES AND PREPAREDNESS
- - Fire Fighter and Emergency Medical Technician, volunteer
- - Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department, director of recruiting
- - Emergency Preparedness Advisory Commission, budget chair and liaison to the Fiscal Affairs
- Advisory Commission
- - Arlington Free Clinic, volunteer providing patient care and counseling
- - Professional experience:
- • Design and install electronic health records and securely exchanging data at: St. Jude's, Eastern
- Main Medical Center, Advocate Health Systems, South Bend Memorial Hospital, Blue Cross
- Blue Shield, and throughout the United Kingdom; working with clinicians, staff, and regulators
- • Assist and guide the federal government in developing and launching their HITECH and ACA
- programs; assist grant recipients in understanding and executing requirements
- - Promoted school readiness
- - Classrooms and recreation centers, volunteer
- - Taylor Elementary and ACAP Headstart Program, classroom assistant
- - Key Club Programs at: Washington and Lee, Yorktown, O'Connell, and with Buckingham
- Youth Brigade (supporting development efforts)
- - Alexandria-Arlington School Readiness Council, member
- - 2nd Annual Arlington Community Bike Ride (sponsored by Phoenix) (assisted with planning
- and coordination)