My family moved to Harwood Heights in 1955. My parents were part of a group of young adults that contributed to the early development and activities of the village and the Norwood Park Fire Department. In fact, the Harwood Heights Village Hall and Police Department were housed in my parents’ building until 1962. Some of my earliest memories include eaves dropping on Village Board meetings and watching my father rush from our home as he responded to the siren calling the volunteer fire fighters to an emergency.
I consider myself a life-long resident of the village that includes short breaks in time as I completed my advanced degrees. I attended and completed coursework at James Giles School and Ridgewood High School. My undergraduate degree in Psychology was earned at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale while my Masters and Doctorate degrees were awarded by the University of Memphis.
For the majority of my career, I have been a Professor of Psychology and an administrator at Northeastern Illinois University. As a university administrator, I was responsible for the development of academic programs, personnel decisions, contract negotiations and budgets. My career allowed me to have multiple perspectives and after returning to the faculty I was elected President of the Faculty and Staff Union and negotiated contracts from the other side of the bargaining table. As you may note, public education played a major role in shaping the woman I am today and formed the foundation of my commitment to education at the local, state and national levels.
I was elected a Village Trustee in 2007 and continue in this role to date. As Chair of the Ordinance and License Committee, I review and update long-standing ordinances as well as work with other elected officials to respond to changing village expectations and create new ordinances. I am the Chair of the Finance Committee and work with the Village Board and staff to insure the economic stability and growth of our community. As a result of my university experience, I facilitated the transition to collective bargaining environment for our police and other village employees and as such have represented the village in all contract negotiations.
I am a proud daughter of Harwood Heights and remain committed to our community and the enrichment of the lives of all residents.