- Berkley resident for 24 years
- Active community volunteer
- BS in Management from Oakland University
- MBA from Walsh College
- Vice President, Wealth Management, at Comerica Bank
Running for City Council has been in the back of my mind for a while but really took focus in 2016. It became apparent that the City had lost touch with residents after a series of missteps including the lack of code enforcement and form-based code. I truly believe that more communication between the residents and the City could have avoided the backlash and allowed residents a voice on the future of Berkley. Some of the issues today are the same as in 2016 and others are new, however the need for open, honest dialog continues.
I moved to Berkley in 1995 after my friend and life-long Berkley resident, Barb Hardt, convinced me to look at houses in her hometown. One drive through the City had me convinced this was where I was meant to be. I love the small town feel yet it’s close to almost everything. Berkley is also where I chose to raise my daughter, Olivia, who is a 2015 Berkley High graduate. In your travels around town, you may see Olivia working at a nail salon on 12 Mile Road. Olivia is also attending Oakland Community College.
You may have seen me working various events in the Berkley community. Volunteering and community service are very important to me. And my commitment to Berkley is evident in how I choose to volunteer my time with various community groups and organizations. Here is a list of the community groups I have belonged to over the years:
- Berkley Athletic Boosters Road Rally Fundraiser (aka Berkley Road Rally Divas) 2012 to present – a community group consisting of five volunteers who create, organize and host a road rally which is part scavenger hunt, part clue search, part road spectacle in which you decipher clues to discover each location or information on your quest. The money raised for the Athletic Boosters helps offset costs for the student athletes. Prior to organizing these events for the Athletic Boosters, the Road Rally Divas organized Road Rallies for Anderson Middle School’s PTA as fundraisers.
- Citizens Engagement Advisory Committee (CEAC) – 2018 to present; Vice Chair – The Citizens Engagement Advisory Committee was relaunched by City Council in 2018 for advising the City on ways to enhance communication between the City and residents and to overcome challenges in connecting with the harder-to-reach segment of the City’s population.
- Berkley Days Association, (BDA) 2013 to present – a charitable organization that promotes local organizations, charities and volunteer groups and raises money for those groups by holding an annual carnival. This carnival requires year-round involvement by over a dozen local groups working closely with the Parks and Rec Department and the City of Berkley. Each volunteer group has members on the BDA Committee who work together to put on the weeklong events. BDA members also volunteer their time at the Berkley CruiseFest t-shirt booth the week before and during the Woodward Dream Cruise.
- Board Member of a grass roots organization -June 2017 to July 31, 2019 – a community non-profit organization whose mission was to educate and empower Berkley residents, employees and officials by promoting transparency and community engagement. This organization worked to ensure the residents of Berkley were kept informed of ongoing events, meetings and local issues by taping and making available City meetings that are not otherwise recorded, posting City Boards and Commissions packets prior to the meetings, writing summaries of meetings and posting additional informational materials.
- Berkley Holiday Lights Parade, 2012 to 2017; Co-chairperson, 2017 – a community organization made up of volunteers who organize an annual Holiday Lights Parade through Downtown Berkley. This event is funded solely by residents, local businesses, the Berkley Chamber of Commerce and corporate sponsors. The parade has historically kicked-off the holiday season and promotes the City of Berkley. It provides daylong events, such as a petting zoo and carriage rides. The nighttime parade includes local and neighboring groups and ends with Santa Claus delivered to the City Hall Gazebo for the Tree Lighting Ceremony after which children can visit with Santa and visitors can enjoy hot chocolate and donuts. This event requires working closely with Berkley Department of Public Works, Berkley Public Safely, business owners and volunteer groups.
- Berkley Junior Women’s Club, (BJWC) 2014 to 2018 – a community non-profit organization which encourages community service, provides scholarships, helps families in need and fosters civic betterment to the City of Berkley. Each year the BJWC has worked with the City of Berkley and Parks and Rec to put on the following events, which otherwise would not be held:
- Daddy Daughter Dance
- Mother Son Dance
- Breakfast with the Bunny
- Robina Rhapsody summer concerts
- Boo Fest
- Candy Cane Lane craft show
- Gazebo decorating and serving hot chocolate and donuts at the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
Each of the groups I have joined have dedicated members who love Berkley, have the desire to make it even better than it already is and to enrich the residents’ lives. If you would like more information on volunteering for any of these groups, please let me know.