A Little About Myself
I was born in Fairhope, Alabama, and have always had strong family ties here in south Alabama. I spent a few years in Baldwin County schools as I began my education, but I graduated high school just north of Atlanta in Marietta, Georgia. I have lived elsewhere through the years, but Alabama has always been home. In the spring of 2015, my husband, Eric and I decided to relocate and settle our family here. We live in Daphne, and Eric works in Fairhope.
I’m currently a stay-at-home mom raising our two fantastic daughters, Harper (6) and Caroline (5). My background is in mental health, and I spent my career concentrating on child and adolescent services and integrated health care. My experience in mental health is a big part of what drives me to run for office. We desperately need to reform mental health policy and improve services in Alabama.
After graduating from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Psychology, I completed a Master’s of Science in Clinical and Counseling Psychology at Brenau University. I met Eric the summer before my senior year at Georgia, and we’ve been married for 10 years. We have supported various organizations over the years including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the ASPCA. Our family enjoys taking advantage of the local parks and beaches on pretty days and family movie nights with our girls.
Why I'm Running
It is clear that we have a lot of potential in Alabama, but the current status quo isn’t getting us there. It is not acceptable that we continually rank in the bottom on education and health care outcomes while rounding out the top when it comes to poverty. Our elected leaders have had plenty of time to move us forward, but we continue to fall behind when it comes to the things that matter most.
I never imagined running for elected office, but our little slice of this great state needs a change. The disparity we see in our schools from county to county and town to town, for example, is unacceptable. I’m looking forward to serving our community and working hard to make sure that we aren’t just playing catch up, but that we’re striving towards leadership in areas like education, healthcare and jobs.
It is absolutely true that we must be the change we wish to see in the world, and we need more representation from women in decision-making positions. Only 14 percent of Alabama’s elected officials are women, though we make up 52 percent of the state’s population. Everyone’s opinions, experiences and views are important, and our government works best when we all have input and representation. Real solutions come from working together to make decisions in the best interest of all of Alabama’s great people.