Originally from the east coast, I am a product of the New York State Regents system of public education. In 1979, I met my husband who is a fourth generation Chico man and have made my home in Butte County ever since. We have four children and seven grandchildren, all of whom have been part of public school education. I have seen many changes in education over the last thirty years.
My formal education is in accounting, however, I took a path which led me to work in social services for fifteen years. I began in the arena of public assistance programs then transitioned to employment and training services. I was part of the team charged with the implementation of the One Stop Employment Centers in Butte County. Although I worked in all employment and training programs, my specialty was working with teenagers. I provided summer job placement and case management. In addition, I worked with at risk youth to provide career assessment, vocational training, life skills, job placement and completion of their diploma or GED.
When my youngest daughter began kindergarten at a small charter school in Chico, I assumed the role of business manager for this growing school. My primary duty was to keep the school financially sound by developing realistic budgets and overseeing expenditures. I compiled a variety of complex district, state and federal reports and assured compliance in all fiscal areas. Working side by side with the school directors, I gained knowledge in many subjects pertinent to a public school setting including (but not limited to) general operations, personnel, Special Education, enrollment, education code, facilities and standardized testing. When I retired from this position in 2011, I felt that I had a unique set of skills to bring to the Chico Unified School Board.
I strongly believe in the role of public education in developing citizens who will be successful in the 21st century workplace. Our schools should provide the best education possible for all students while preparing them for work, vocational or technical training, or college. Furthermore, I believe the district has an obligation to be as efficient as possible with our limited education dollars, while at the same time taking care to provide innovation in our program delivery and safe facilities for our students.