I was born in Rawlins, attended school in Saratoga, and lived most of my young life in Ryan Park, a small community that borders the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest in the Snowy Range.
My family came to Carbon County from southern Ohio during the coal boom of the 1970s and my father, my uncles, and my grandfather all worked for Arch Mineral outside of Hanna. My mother was a public health nurse for many years for Carbon County until securing a job as a school nurse. Later, after being laid-off from the mines, my father would return to teaching until his recent retirement. Today, my parents continue to reside in Ryan Park in the log home my father and I built, and my sister lives in Saratoga.
After high school, I worked my way through college as a waiter and bartender until I received my BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Northern Colorado.
My journey after college led me to work in a variety of industries and allowed me the opportunity to live and travel around the world. Since 2006, I have worked in international education and lived in Thailand, Germany, South Korea, Spain, and Poland.
In between all that, I received a second BA from UNC in English Literature, a MA in Women’s Studies at the University College Dublin in Ireland, and a MS in Educational Leadership from Fort Hays State University in Kansas.
Let’s be clear: I am not a politician. And I will not let party allegiances, money, or special interest groups influence the decisions I make for the people of Wyoming.
I am an educator, humanitarian, and activist who is deeply concerned about the direction of our state and country, and I will rely on my Values to guide me in Washington. It is as simple as that.
Growing up in Wyoming and staying rooted in the state has informed my stance on sustainable jobs, state and individual rights, and conservation of our lands and natural resources.
Becoming a “world citizen” has informed my stance on health care, social programs, immigration, and the environment.
Working as a bartender, a waiter, a carpenter, a salesperson, and a teacher has informed my stance on workers’ rights, economic reform, and education.
No other candidate can bring such a unique perspective to tackle the challenges of our state and nation as we head into the next decade.