I've called House District 30 my home for nearly 28 years and have raised my family here. I have two grown sons, Jordan and Matthew, and I've been married to my husband, Tony for 29 years. As we grew as a family, I knew the importance of staying in a community that promotes engagement, respect, and inclusion. My two boys took different pathways through their education, and that is why I am such a proponent for career exposure at a young age. One went through the university system to become a special education teacher, and the other went the trade pathway and now has a very strong career with room to grow. Both occupations are great careers, and we must be doing everything we can as a state to promote students finding their path and encouraging them to pursue it. It is important for our economy and future workforce.
I've worked for Vernier Software & Technology, a Washington County educational technology company that provides opportunities for STEM education across the state and internationally. I have been at Vernier for nearly 23 years and feel fortunate to love the work I do. I feel fortunate to work for a company that allows me the flexibility in my work schedule to serve my community as a legislator.
Prior to being elected as the House District 30 representative, I served on the Hillsboro School Board, and on the Career and College pathways steering committee. These experiences have allowed me to be heavily involved in what I call a model for the state as to how a school district can work with local business and industry to help students find their career path from an early age and explore it through their schooling. I have been a Meals on Wheels volunteer for over 8 years, delivering meals to homebound seniors and serving on the Advisory Board of the local Hillsboro Center. These experiences have given me a purpose for civic engagement and I couldn't be prouder to be your representative in House District 30. I pride myself on being accessible and hope that you will reach out and get involved in the legislative process.
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HB 4145: Closed the domestic partner loophole, no longer allowing those who were convicted of domestic violence to be able to own a firearm. (2018)
HB 4053: Requires the Chief Education Office to prepare a report on accelerated, and dual credit programs in high school, with the hopes that we will be able to address the growing student debt by encouraging students to take these classes in high school for college credit at a much lower cost. (2018)
HB 4074: Escheats saving bonds into unclaimed property for an easier method to claim, as well as, allows the state to collect interest on these bonds that help fund our schools through the common school fund. (2018)
HB 2246: Allocated $170 million to the High School Graduation and College and Career Readiness Fund. Formally known as Measure 98, these funds have allowed school districts to invest in Career & Technical Education programs. (2017)
HB 2661: Establishes stronger regulations of long-term care referral companies that will help protect our most vulnerable seniors. (2017)