Signed in as:
Having lived in Eagan for over 25 years, I know and love this vibrant community. Before serving in the House I worked for 30 years in the business community, including 12 years at Blue Cross Blue Shield here in Eagan. Professionally I focus on understanding needs and implementing cost effective and people-centered solutions. I’m a certified Executive Coach and wrote a business advice column in the Star Tribune for 10 years. I have a bachelor's degree in Chinese from the University of Minnesota, and a master's degree in Political Science from The Ohio State University (Research Methodology and Public Policy).
My husband Jim and I have been married for 25 years and have four adult kids, a demanding cat, and a sweet rescue dog. I love hiking and kayaking, yoga, visiting our parks, cooking, and studying foreign languages. I'm a survivor of domestic violence and was a single mom for several years. My son and I benefited directly from the support of our fellow Minnesotans and I am dedicated to strengthening the programs that helped us and giving back to our community. I’ve been active in our community for decades, investing my time in creating a just place where everyone belongs and feels welcome. I am a hockey mom who managed my kids’ teams for years, and also served on the Eastview Hockey Board. I worked as registrar, coordinator of the girls’ league, and organized the fundraising program. I was also an active volunteer at ISD 196 schools as my kids made their way from elementary school through high school. I’m committed to our community in Burnsville and Eagan.
Before I was in the House I was an active volunteer for our DFL candidates, participating in door knocking and phone banking events—helping get Democrats elected in our community. Now, as a Representative I work with candidates in swing districts to advocate for Democrats across the state. A few years ago, I made a conscious commitment to use my time and my privilege to work for racial and economic justice in Minnesota. My husband and I volunteer regularly at the Open Door, and commit our time and resources to helping families in our community live with dignity. I have also lifted my voice and stood with community members to call for action in the officer involved shooting of a Black man in Eagan. I have volunteered my time with organizations working for justice, and I consciously use my white privilege to lift up the people who are too often let down by our systems. I am working to ensure that all voices are part of building the future of our community.