I have spent my entire life in service to my community in both my professional and volunteer work, and believe I can bring all that I’ve learned to Augusta to make a better life for the people of Maine. I understand the importance of both local community efforts and state government to help communities thrive, and I know how to make those connections.
I am deeply concerned about the shrinking opportunities for regular people to thrive and support their families. Without a robust and well-informed effort by state government to partner with communities to address their needs, communities are left on their own to grapple with problems that are much bigger than them.
Efforts by the government alone aren’t enough, and efforts by local nonprofits alone also aren’t enough. The key is partnerships between state government and communities to work together to provide people with the tools and opportunities they need to succeed such as health care, high quality education, access to safe transportation, and multiple tracks to gainful employment.
When elected, my priorities will be: ensuring affordable healthcare for all Maine citizens through Medicaid expansion; helping communities find ways to provide a range of housing options in order to keep young people, families and workers living here; and expanding educational opportunities for all kinds of students from vocational education, to skilled trades, to apprenticeships, to four-year degrees.
I was born and raised in Boothbay, by parents with a strong sense of community service who raised me with the same values. I was blessed to be raised in a very close and inclusive community. I went to local, public schools and started working at the Boothbay Railway Village at age 12 at the popcorn stand. I continued to work throughout high school at many local restaurants.
I have dedicated my professional life to my community service work. I began my professional working life in the non-profit sector, focusing on at-risk children, youth and families. I founded and oversaw several residential programs and a homeless shelter for youth. I then transitioned to the Maine State Department of Behavioral and Developmental Services, with later was merged into the Department of Health and Human Services. I worked in program and policy development, overseeing all aspects of multiple statewide partnerships with local nonprofits to address many areas of need in the state of Maine, including food insecurity, mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence and human trafficking.
I retired after 23 years of service, and am now working locally as the Executive Director of the Lincoln County Dental Clinic, delivering affordable dental services to local residents, and the Program Manager of the Addiction Outreach partnership of the Boothbay Region Community Resource Council with local law enforcement. I live on a piece of family property that has been passed down for generations, and enjoy living close to my large extended family, including siblings, nieces, nephews and many grand nieces and nephews.
I am running as a Clean Elections candidate and have already reached my small donation goal with your help. Many thanks to all who gave $5!
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