Running for Alabama Senate District 16
Originally from Ashtabula, Ohio, I’m the first of ten children. We moved a lot when I was young; every step up the career ladder for my dad required our family to move to a new town, and often a new state. While moving was a lot of work for my mom, we kids loved the adventure of being in new places and meeting new people.
Married in 1976, I am the proud mother of two beautiful people. My daughter Elizabeth is a successful certified financial planner and my son Zackary is a plumber and a decorated Marine Corps veteran who served two tours of duty in the Iraq war.
I’ve lived in Alabama for 34 years; I moved here in 1984 because of a great job opportunity and have remained here because of work and good friends, and because I’ve become warmly attached to the beautiful State of Alabama.
I attended the University of South Florida and earned a B.S. degree in Microbiology in 1984. I chose microbiology because it was complex and interesting and the course-work offered the kind of training that would lead to a good job and a career that could support my family.
My first professional job was with Southern Research Institute; I worked as a scientist and program manager at both SRI and UAB for 30 years. Early in my career, it was my great privilege to work as a government contractor for the U.S. military; in later years my work focused on bio-medical research. I was fortunate to have had an opportunity to make a number of contributions in the areas of national defense, environmental research and biomedical research.
Early on as a scientist I became proficient in running a business. Most people don’t recognize that science is a business, but it is very much an entrepreneurial venture. In order to be successful, a scientist not only needs to be skilled in producing a desirable scientific work-product, they must also be skilled in sales and marketing and in developing business proposals with ideas that will generate knowledge and that can solve various problems. And as with any business, scientists are as accountable to their clients as any other viable business in the marketplace.