Leadership and building the potential in others is my passion. Growing up in small town America to two divorced, factory worker parents taught me how to take advantage of the opportunities I came across and to keep my eyes open for them. As the first one in my family to earn an undergraduate degree in sociology and criminology let alone a law degree and master’s degree in business administration, I worked and earned my way through all these milestones to where I am today.
My life’s goal, from a young age, was always to help as many people as I can. I did not exactly know how I could do that but I took a lot of risks and leaps of faith to navigate better opportunities. I worked my way through high school, college, and law school.
At age 26, I joined the U.S. Army JAG Corps to fulfill that goal. I saw it as an opportunity to travel, help Soldiers and the government and get insurmountable experience. In eight years of service, I served a two-year tour in South Korea, six combat missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Africa, and other assignments to Kuwait and Guantanamo Bay. I advised over 600 clients and the government on myriad issues that have spanned the entire legal spectrum including managing all civil tort claims in Iraq and Afghanistan providing adjudication to injured locals. As well as serving as the first full-time military and female NATO Anti-Corruption Advisor to the Afghan Police Inspector General.
My journey has certainly not been easy and some days, I wonder where I will find the energy to continue serving my passion of empowering others. However, we can find strength in our stories and in our support of each other.
Now serving as a senior executive in local government and with over 15 years of leadership, legal, law enforcement, inspection and evaluation experience, I have mastered the principles of leadership. Empowering others to be their best self and understanding our strengths and weaknesses is the foundation to embracing our individual leadership style.