I was born in Davenport, Iowa and grew-up in Rockford, Illinois. I was raised by a World War II veteran and a local librarian. My parents instilled in myself and my five brothers and sisters home grown values, a strong sense of community service and a "don't give up" work ethic.
I have lived in southwestern Michigan for 26 years and have raised two children who are successful in their own right. I began my career in the financial world and upon relocating to southwest Michigan was employed by Whirlpool Financial Corporation as Manager of the Account Services Center. During my tenure at WFC, I established strong community ties.
When WFC downsized, I stepped into our family business marketing product to schools. In working with teachers and adminastrators around the country, I saw a real need to improve our educational system. This experience stirred in me a passion to teach. I have spent the past 15 years teaching and working with Benton Harbor Area School District children.
Due to the economic downturn, loss of jobs, collapse of small business opportunities in southwestern Michigan, coupled with the loss of funding and failed educational policies of career politicians in Lansing; I decided to throw my hat in the ring and bring common sense back to Lansing.