I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. As one of seven children, I had a lot of responsibilities as a child which taught me about hard work. I attended Louisiana State University, got married the weekend after graduation, left for New York the next day, and have lived in this state for 47 years.
I became a high school English teacher at the age of 23; I was a public school educator for 34 years, both in the Hudson Valley and in New York City. During that time, my husband, Brian, and I raised three children. He was also a public school teacher and a high school football coach, the latter of which he continues. Brian and I have lived in Dutchess County for 40 years and in the town of Beekman for 17.
After retiring, I have been able to spend more of my time giving back. I have volunteered in Alcoholics Anonymous for 20 years and in correctional facilities for over 10. The majority of my service was in Beacon Correctional Facility prior to its closing. While caring for my grandchildren who live in Yorktown Heights, I donated time to County Harvest of Westchester which provides food rescue for people in need.
Currently, I am co-chair of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Hudson Valley Group. This is the largest gun violence prevention (GVP) organization in the United States. Its goal is to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people; its goal is NOT to take guns away from responsible gun owners. Additionally, I am interim co-chair of Hudson Valley Strong Indivisible. The objective of Indivisible is to hold the current administration in Washington accountable.
I want to bring a different outlook to the Beekman Town Board. Drawing on my life experiences will help me provide another perspective while serving the town I live in. If elected I look forward to that opportunity.