I was born and raised in Port Huron, Michigan, graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and Organizational Communication and Wayne State University with Master’s in Sociology. I worked as a probation officer for 5 years and started a drug court. I have been teaching college for 5 years and have been employed as a substance abuse counselor for over 2 years.
Today, you can find me happily residing in South Warren, with my toddler and my fiancé, who works in a metal fabrication shop. We promote a self-sustaining lifestyle where we can, we are learning to garden, grow our own vegetables and own chickens.
I watched hard work pay off for my parents, who grew up poor and both made successful careers. Growing up, that shaped my work ethic and determination. I believed that hard work equaled success and that you would get out what you put in, that is, until I tried. I struggle to make a decent wage in my career, despite my education. To me, money is not everything, my passion is to help people, not exploit them. I still owe more on my student loans than I borrowed. The banks we, the American people, bailed out, denied me the same courtesy.