I moved to Perry Township in Indianapolis at the age of 5, where I graduated from Perry Meridian High School. I raised my daughter in Greenwood, while attending IUPUI, where I earned a BA degree majoring in Sociology, Political Science, and minoring in World History and Religious Studies. During college, I received several awards for excellence. I authored several published articles including, “Domestic Violence in Teen Relationships Male/Female Difference”, which I presented at the American Sociology conference in Miami, Florida. My JD degree was earned from IU School of Law-Indianapolis.
I also authored several successful grants for the Family Research Institute focusing on adolescents and teenagers. While attending Indiana School of Law in Indianapolis, I spent two years interning at Legal Services Organization. I ran a successful solo law practice in Indianapolis focusing on Family Law, landlord/tenant law, and representing Veterans, while teaching at IUPUI and Ivy Tech.
I left the practice of law to operate a business outside the US for several years. As a minority in a third world country, I learned to respect other cultures, laws and educational systems. During my time in Central America I volunteered in the community and taught children.
Upon my return in early 2015, I became reengaged in my local community and politics. In 2018, I challenged a 32-year incumbent in House District 58 and received more votes than any of his election opponents in Johnson County in the past 25 years. House District 58 includes the towns of Greenwood, Whiteland, and New Whiteland.
I am running in 2020 to get the job done. HD 58 deserves a representative who cares about funding public education, advocating for veterans, commonsense healthcare, and continuing to fight the opioid epidemic.
I am an active participant in VFW Post 5864 Auxiliary; a participant in Pedals of Joy, which provides children access to bicycles; a volunteer for the Immigration Justice Campaign; a member of If It Was Your Child, an environment action group; and an advocate for veterans, teachers, clean energy and a fair economy. I have one daughter, Melanie, two grandchildren, Brittanie and Keegan, and a great grandson, J.