I want the best for Meridian. My husband Doug and I chose to make Meridian our home 23 years ago. In that time we have owned several businesses, including a manufacturing business and fitness studio. In fact, we currently own TWO businesses here!
My passion for this community runs deep. For example, for six years I served as President / CEO of the Meridian Chamber of Commerce, where I led the effort in growing Chamber membership by a significant number. As Chamber president I was proud to help our Meridian businesses grow, and I represented them by standing up for the business community in economic development issues and dealing with government agencies. I was also instrumental in getting the Young Entrepreneur’s Academy started at the Chamber. This program teaches teens how to turn an idea for a business into an actual business, and in that program, more than 30 of our area’s youth have done just that!
I was also President of the Idaho Chamber Alliance, working closely with chambers throughout the state of Idaho. As president of that organization, I spearheaded the successful effort to direct workforce training funds to career technical education, and many Meridian businesses directly benefited from people receiving much-needed training.
Currently I serve on the Meridian City Council, where I have learned the process of getting things done in our city’s government. As a council member, I have been instrumental in our successful economic planning, as well as planning for safety issues in our growing community. Having worked closely with our police and fire departments, our public works department, and the department of Parks and Recreation, I’ve learned firsthand the needs of these organizations and I have a good sense of how to keep our community connected and moving forward.
Additionally, I have an extensive background working with our community’s nonprofits. This includes serving six years on the Idaho Nonprofit Center Board, during which time “Idaho Gives” day was started. Idaho Gives has just completed its seventh year and has raised more than $6.3 million for Idaho’s nonprofit organizations. I also helped start a successful nonprofit here in Meridian.
If you’re wondering about my education, I graduated from Boise State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a minor in Human Resources. Since then I have also completed the course of study set forth by the Institute for Organizational Management though the United States Chamber of Commerce.
On a personal note, I love to golf, and I thoroughly enjoy being outside in our city’s beautiful parks.