Columbia’s public schools are important to me. As a Columbia native, I received my entire K-12 education at CPS, attending Russell, Smithton, West Junior High and Hickman High School. My undergraduate degree is from the University of Missouri-Columbia where I earned a BES in Music and Elementary Education. While at Mizzou, I assisted in CPS classrooms at Midway, Field, and West Boulevard Elementary.
In April 2010 I was elected to a one-year term to fill a vacancy on the Columbia School Board and was re-elected in 2011, 2014, and again in 2017.
As a CPS board member, I am proud to have assisted with both the development of our Comprehensive School Improvement Plan and our long-range technology plan. Over the years I’ve served as a member several committees including Student Performance, Non-Core Intermediate Education, Long-Range Planning, Communication, Policy, and Finance.
I am an active member of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, previously serving on its Committees on Education and Alternative Income, and its Subcommittee on Early Childhood Development. I participated in the Chamber’s 2009 Leadership Columbia Class and have represented CPS on all three Chamber Community Leadership Visits. Additionally, I have served on several City boards and commissions including the City of Columbia’s Internet Citizen’s Advisory Group and the Comprehensive Plan Task Force.
In 2004 I started my own company, a computer and technology consultation and management firm. In 2015 I transformed this company into Gravity, Columbia’s only Apple Authorized Service Provider. In addition to being a small business owner I taught technology-related classes at the Columbia Area Career Center and authored a regular technology column for the Columbia Business Times, educating readers about new technology products.
I live in a historic bungalow just outside of downtown and can usually be found biking around Columbia, often with a small beagle in tow.