In the summer of 1992, while working for the Yavapai-Apache Nation’s summer youth program, I remember driving down Main Street, Clarkdale, and saying to my friend Leona, “Look how cute this town is. One day I want to live here.”
Fast forward to 2006, when I bought my historic Clarkdale bungalow. Since that time, I have worn many hats in the Verde Valley. With friends, I owned a small Clarkdale business: Millers Market, I worked for eight years promoting the values of the Verde River with Friends of the Verde River and am currently a realtor and work to support youth mentoring with Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters.
I have also worn several hats with the Town of Clarkdale. First, as a volunteer for Halloween, next as a member and then Chair of the Design Review Board, and until being elected to Town Council, as a member of the Town’s Planning Commission.
Prior to moving to Arizona, my career spanned the non-profit, higher education and private sector, where I developed a broad skill set in human resources, community engagement, information systems, and event planning. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from SUNY New Paltz, a Master of Science in Educational Counseling from Long Island University, and an Executive Management Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Columbia University.
These experiences have been fundamental to my understanding and appreciation of the work and dedication that is required for solid town governance and management. I look forward to further contributing to the Town of Clarkdale through my role as Council Member.