As a life-long resident of our state, I am proud of my experiences in rural, urban, and small-town Nebraskan communities. I attended a one-room school in rural Lancaster County before my family moved to Lincoln. I've also lived across the state in McCook and Alliance, and I currently reside in Lincoln with my husband John. Together, we have four grown sons and ten grandchildren, with whom we spend most weekends and summer vacations enjoying the natural beauty and rich history of Nebraska.
I have built a career of caring for Nebraskans, first as a healthcare worker and later examining systemic and structural barriers impacting the lives of our Nebraska neighbors. I've also been able to volunteer on the Lincoln Public Schools Strategic Planning Committee, the Lincoln Public Schools High School Task Force, and Young Women's Christian Association of Lincoln Board. In all of these experiences, I've put people first by creating welcoming and inclusive communities where everyone feels like they belong and have created opportunities by breaking down barriers for people.