My parents met and married in Spokane, eventually landing in Concord, California where I grew up. My dad was an airplane mechanic who went into business for himself at Buchanan Field in Concord, while my mom stayed at home to care for us five children. I was adopted along with three of my siblings from various backgrounds and ethnicities. My youngest brother was born into the family after my parents had been married for 21 years. Our diversities were celebrated by incorporating various cultures into our daily lives. My mom passed away when I was in sixth grade and my dad believed it was important for me to have a woman’s influence in my life. That influence grounded me when I spent my summers in the small Mid-Willamette Valley community of Amity, Oregon working on the farm with my Grandparents. Those memories and experiences have been invaluable.
I moved to Spokane in 1972 and found my home. I’ve supported myself as a waitress, data entry operator, receptionist, bookkeeper, personnel/compliance/safety manager, accounting administrator, and currently a small business owner of Access Unified Networks.
We have lived in the Perry District since 1983 where my husband Kent and I raised our blended family of five children. Our children attended Grant, Sacajawea, and Lewis & Clark High Schools, and have blessed us with ten grandchildren.
When I transitioned from waiting tables to data entry, I found that I needed to enhance my education to be competitive in the marketplace. This sent me on an educational journey where I would take classes to fulfill advancement opportunities. I continued this journey until I completed my AA Degree in 2001, my Bachelor’s Degree in 2003, and finally my MBA Degree in 2010.
In 1993 my husband I started Access Telcom Inc. to serve and sell business telephone systems, which was started in the basement of our house. In 2002 we branched out into serving and supplying data network services, high definition video conferencing, and other computer products. We changed the business’ name to Access Unified Networks in 2012 to reflect our business offerings. We now service customers across the U.S. And Canada with nine local employees. Access is now located in the East Spokane District on East Sprague.
Kent and I served as Youth Leaders and Drama Directors for a number of years at Spokane Friends Church. I’ve served as the Associated Builders and Contractors Chair in 2003, East Spokane Business Association Chair in 2010 – 2011. I’m currently serving on the ABC Training Trust, Friendsview Retirement Facility Board, and the East Central Community Organization Board.
I believe that serving others is my personal responsibility and an essential part of who I am. I am excited to represent the citizens of Spokane Second District with my unique experiences and insights.