After graduating from BYU in Utah, I moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area.
My Professional Work Experience:
In 1995, I returned to Cedar Rapids to be near my parents, and I've remained here since.
Because it was a new profession here, it was fate that I immediately found a position similar to the one I left in California - working with autistic children as a behavioral therapist.
My professional work experience in Cedar Rapids also includes teaching math within the Learning Services Department at Kirkwood Community College.
I currently work at Abbe Center for Community Mental Health as a Transitional Living Specialist. I love what I do, and I cherish my clients!
My Volunteer Community Involvement:
I created the council-approved LOSST personal possessions program that helped flood victims.
In 2011, 2012 and 2013, I organized the campaigns to oppose the LOSST extensions, twice defeating the establishment.
I've been a citizen lobbyist to the State Legislature in attempt to:
House File 493 was prompted due to Cedar Rapids "Nuisance" Ordinance Chapter 22A. aka "SAFE CR." Lobbyist support came from Iowa Landlord Assn, Landlords of Iowa, ACLU, Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault, along with other support, including realtor groups. Lobbyists against: City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa League of Cities.