Why Politics? I have real world experiences, been challenged personally and professionally, and I’m passionate about our community. As a small business owner, I've seen first-hand and I value how small business drives innovation, opportunities and jobs.
Our legislature has be ineffective in addressing gender equality, directly targeted the LGBTQ community, failed to address Mental Health access and parity, failed our children by leaving Public Education woefully underfunded, failed to manage Utah’s growth, and has not properly addressed water storage and overall conservation programs.
For the last 20 years we have witnessed unprecedented growth, particularly in the Southwest Valley. In my city, we grew from 5,000 to 60,000 residents. Our Legislators should be both concerned and address the growth continued housing and growth issues by appropriately managing our tax dollars.
I'll put in the time and effort to make a difference for our community because I care about the people who live here. I’m a Utahn, your neighbor, and with your support, our Senator in the Utah Legislature.
Education and Career Experience:
I graduated from Weber State University in Accounting and continued my education in the University of Nevada, Reno's Master of Professional Accountancy program with an emphasis on Taxation.
My professional experience in business and tax will lend a voice for our citizens in any tax reform legislation proposed. During my 20+ years in tax, accounting and business management, I've seen first hand and I value how entrepreneurs and small business drive innovation and opportunities here in Utah.
My career includes these companies: Skullcandy (Park City), Goal Zero (Bluffdale), Fusion-io (Cottonwood Heights), FranklinCovey (Salt Lake City), and Caldera Systems (Orem). Early in my career, I worked for the Internal Revenue Service and James &Co. Business Advisors & CPAs.
I currently own two Scooters Coffee Kiosk locations in Saratoga City and Riverton.
I am a Utahn:
Born and raised in Bountiful, Utah, my parents' values and their examples influenced my attitudes toward education, acceptance and understanding of others, service, and work ethic.
My father, Jed, was a career Union Pacific Railroad employee and a Korean War Veteran. My mother, Carol, was the Nursing Supervisor at the Davis County Mental Health Clinic and received her PhD in Marriage and Family Counseling from Brigham Young University.
My husband, Kurt, and I have married for over 20 years. We selected Herriman as our home in 2002. Our blended family includes 5 children, one cat, and our dog, Lizzie the Pug. I want our children and currently 7 grandchildren to take advantage of and enjoy the many opportunities and benefits of living in Utah.
I've advocated for and supported mental health initiatives including Suicide Awareness and Prevention programs at the local and state level working with Herriman City, local schools, the Jordan School District, mental health and public health providers.
I volunteer for several organizations including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Utah State Board of Education Instructional Materials Review Committee, and Healthy Herriman. I also serve as Treasurer for 2 nonprofits including the Women's Democratic Club of Utah.
Hobbies and Activities:
Kurt and I enjoy spending time in the outdoors, skiing, hiking, fishing, and relaxing at our summer cabin in Summit County.
I have traveled throughout the world and also enjoy events in Utah including the Utah Air Show at Hill Air Force Base and local car shows and spending time with family.
I also enjoy genealogy and family history. I am very proud of my family heritage including being a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.