I'm a lifelong Minnesotan. Stillwater is where I’ve made my home for over 30 years, and it’s the place where I chose to start a family. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to raise my two sons than the welcoming, forward-thinking, and naturally beautiful St. Croix Valley.
I grew up in the Battle Creek area of St. Paul. I come from a family that is first generation American, a military family, a 3M family. I was the first in my family to graduate college and am grateful that I could work my way through school without a lot of debt. I want the same for today’s students.
I'm ready to serve Minnesota because I have the knowledge and experience to bring real solutions to the problems that our district and the state are facing. I want to represent the voices and concerns of the neighbors and community I love. As a mother, I want to make sure that my sons, and all children, see a future of opportunity and promise.
3M Professional and Small Business Owner
Earlier in my career, I worked at 3M for more than 20 years in a variety of positions that cultivated my leadership and management skills.
In 2003, I left 3M to start a small business of my own: a Marriage and Family Therapy practice where I’ve worked to improve the mental health of our community, something I’m extremely passionate about. I now have offices in both Stillwater and Richfield.
I’ve been an advocate and helper for as long as I can remember. Volunteering has been an important part of my life and that of my family.
Most recently, I have served as the president of St. Croix Valley Alliance NOW, a chapter of the National Organization for Women.
Fun Facts About Me
I’m an avid gardener, and find it to be a therapeutic pastime.
We are a family that loves music! Both of my children play drums. l've spent years as the roadie loading and unloading drum sets at gigs.
Family members of mine have proudly served in the military.
Our family road trips are always filled with music and fun. My son is the master of the playlist and we have spent many hours traveling while singing and celebrating a variety of music genres.
Our family celebrates our Finnish heritage with traditional holiday foods like Pulla bread, which I am still learning to make as well as my mother. Pulla bread is a must at Easter and Christmas in our house.