I fell helplessly in love with the Pacific Northwest when my dad and I moved to Clark County, Washington, while I was still in high school. I’ve never stopped feeling awestruck by the beauty of this place we all get to call home. Milwaukie has that beauty in spades, as well as a great community and tremendous promise for so much more. I’m so glad to be a Milwaukiean, and to have the opportunity to serve this community.
Service is a big part of my life, both professionally and as a volunteer. When I graduated from Linfield College, I served a year with Americorps in a placement with two different non-profits in Portland. Since then I’ve worked variously in administrative, research, and project manager roles before spending five years as the executive director of a small non-profit publishing and community outreach organization for Quakers (the Religious Society of Friends) in the West. I am currently self-employed as a book editor.
My love of nature led me to become a part of Metro’s acclaimed Volunteer Naturalist program in 2008. I have spent hundreds of hours in the field with elementary school students from around the Metro region, inspiring the next generation of nature lovers to learn about bugs, birds, plants and salmon. Kids are so observant and wise!
My husband, Colin, and I enjoy walking downtown for a bite to eat or to pick up holds at Ledding Library, and we frequent Elk Rock Island when the river allows. Our elderly cat is a dedicated people and wildlife-watcher. In my spare time, I’m an avid hiker, reader, writer, gardener and canner.