In my everyday life, I am the Director of Writing for the Honors College at Virginia Commonwealth University where I’ve been teaching for over 25 years. I hold a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in Literature from VCU and I am committed to helping students become better critical thinkers, researchers, and writers.
I was elected to the Ashland Town Council in 2002 and served as the town mayor for ten years. During this time, I represented Ashland and often served in executive leadership roles for the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission (RRPDC), Virginia Municipal League (VML), Richmond Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce (GRCC), and others. Since coming to the Hanover Board of Supervisors, I’ve served on the Joint Schools Committee, the Rules Committee, the Social Services Committee, and the Finance committee among others. For eight years, I served on the State Board of Health. For three years, I served as chair. Along with my colleagues on the Hanover Board of Supervisors and the Chickahominy Health District, I helped to start a Covid vaccine clinic for our citizens. I was a proud weekly volunteer at our clinic.
I’ve lived in Ashland with my husband for over 40 years. We have one grown daughter who is married to an Ashland business owner. We also have two grandchildren who attend Hanover county schools. We are proud adopters of three rescue dogs. My husband was a scout dog handler in Vietnam, and we are committed to the mission of rescue animals. My grandsons are up and coming duck farmers!