I grew up in Los Alamos, New Mexico, to hard working and loving parents. My dad worked as a machinist and welder for the Los Alamos National Laboratory and my mom worked in various fields. My siblings (twin sister & younger brother) and I were taught the value of a strong work ethic, a generous heart, and to always stand up for what is right.
I carried these values with me as I left home and knew right away that NMSU was the best college choice, eventually becoming a first generation college graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Government. Throughout school I worked as the Director of Media Relations at the Associated Students for NMSU, and later met my husband, Todd while working as a server at Red Lobster. A year before my graduation I gave birth to twin boys, Elliot and Luca. Motherhood gave me a renewed energy and desire to continue serving my community in different ways, and one year later our twins watched me walk across the graduation stage. In October of 2013, our family unit was complete with the adoption of our daughter, Persephone.
I am an advocate at heart. When I see issues that need to be addressed, I am ready to jump in and help. Issues that relate to child welfare, health, and social services are of special importance. In the 2019 New Mexico legislative session I worked as a lobbyist. While we handled many social advocacy topics, I am very proud of the collaborative effort in getting HB 314: Children’s Advocacy Centers validated in statute and signed into law. Child Advocacy Centers are resources where a child can disclose allegations of abuse to a third-party forensic interviewer and receive the appropriate services. The welfare and success of the children of New Mexico depends on how we address their needs today.
I am a graduate of EMERGE New Mexico, an organization that champions qualified women to run for elected office. I am currently serving as a Board Member of Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce and am a former independent small business owner.
I love Las Cruces, and chose it to be my home for myself and my family. For the last 10 years I have served in various roles to help improve the lives of our community. I am running for City Council District Two to bring a strong voice to our government and represent a perspective that is not often characterized, but much needed.