I am a lifelong Michigander, having grown up in and around Detroit. I attended high school in Oak Park and received my B.F.A. in Theatre from Case Western Reserve University and my MA in Theatre Design from the University of Michigan.
I currently am the Associate Director of ArtsEngine, an interdisciplinary initiative supported by the four North Campus “maker” schools and colleges at the University of Michigan – Engineering, Art & Design, School of Music, Theatre and Dance and Architecture. Previously I was the Program Director for Arts at Michigan and have spent nearly 25 years working with students and student organizations in the arts, leadership and development. I have also worked as the Facilities Coordinator at the Student Theatre Arts Complex, the Director of Arts and Programs at the Michigan Union, the Program Coordinator for the 2001 Ann Arbor Pow Wow, and the Office and Program Manager for the Office of Student Activities and Leadership.
I have been married to my partner, Brian, for 35 years , and we have three children – Olivia, Fletcher and Elinor - all of whom graduated from the Ann Arbor Public Schools, having received an excellent education! We also added Juli, our German exchange student to our family in 2009. Our home schools are Pittsfield Elementary, Scarlett Middle School and Huron High School, but my children have also attended Ann Arbor Open, Clague Middle School, Pioneer High School and WISD Young Adult Programs – giving our family a broad experience among the schools and programs within the district.
I joined the Ann Arbor Board of Education in 2003, and have been re-elected to three additional terms of service since then. I served as the Parent Representative to the AAPS Redistricting Committee for Pittsfield Elementary in 1996 and for Scarlett Middle School to the Middle School Review Committee in 1998. I was a founding member and chair of the Ann Arbor Parent Advisory Committee for Special Education and have served as a BOE representative on the Recreation Advisory Committee, the Transportation Safety Committee and the AAPS Strategic Planning Committee in 2005. My community activities have included a term chairing the Arts Alliance for Washtenaw County and in numerous roles as a long time Board member at Forestbrooke Athletic Club.