Public service is nothing new to me. As a wife of a retired police officer, a mom of three, grandmother to 5, sister, friend and neighbor - I am committed to the best life possible for all of Arizona, the state I was born in and love.
My first professional hat was a nurse's cap - for 20 years I worked in a busy emergency room and as a local school nurse, serving over 1,000 students including a large number of students with disabilities. Transitioning from nursing I have had many opportunities to grow both professionally and personally, including a career in real estate, owning a small business and my current occupation in corporate and non-profit public relations. The life-lessons I had the blessing to experience have helped shape me into the thoughtful, deliberate decision maker I am.
The call to be active in my community, state and country has been answered many times. I started as a member of my local public school district parent council, then choosing to run and being successfully elected to our local high school district governing board, serving for 20 years. My fellow board members saw fit to elect me to the position of board president for multiple terms and I was honored to be named as Arizona's Education Advocate of the Year during my tenure. When President George W. Bush nominated me to serve on the bi-partisan board of an independent federal agency dedicated to STEM education, I accepted with honor and was later appointed by Pres. Bush as the chairman.
Presently, I am serving in my tenth year as a member of the Salt River Project Council (SRP), re-elected twice by voters in my district, to represent the rate-payers. I’m proud of the heritage of respect SRP has earned from those who use the services they provide. Year after year, SRP is rated by its customers as the gold standard in customer satisfaction. As I act on behalf of the ratepayers on the Council, it is imperative to ask questions and look at all sides of every issue in order to prevent unintended consequences and make the proper decisions to bring the best possible service to the users of SRP.
As a member of the Arizona Corporation Commission, I will utilize my experience to ensure every utility company is appropriately regulated in order provide what the AZ Constitutions refers to as the “convenience, comfort, and safety, and the preservation of the health, of the employees and patrons of such corporations”.
And most of all, I will abide by the demand of the Arizona Constitutional to be “just and reasonable” in all actions as a member of the Arizona Corporation Commission.
The voters deserve no less.