Putting My Experience to Work
I am excited to be the District 16 Candidate for the North Dakota Senate! I was born and raised in Fargo, attended University of North Dakota achieving undergraduate and graduate degrees in Social Work. I worked as a Child Therapist at The Community Violence Intervention Center in Grand Forks for 2 years, working with families impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault. I also have experience at PATH (treatment foster care), Northeast Human Services, Grand Forks County Social Services, working with the Domestic Violence Offender Treatment Program and a Sexual Offender program, was employed by the UND Women's Center, and was a board member of Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota. All of that experience has shaped who I am today and helped me understand so many barriers people encounter when trying to break negative cycles in their lives and the daily struggles that could be improved with policy changes.
In 2009, we began moving around for my husband, Dane’s, career while putting mine aside and welcomed our first child. We moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2010, had 2 more children and I became a family and child photographer, but I did miss my social work career. We moved back to West Fargo in 2014 as Dane became employed by Sanford Health. We had a 4th child and I continued on with my photography business.
After the 2016 election I became involved with local politics and my drive for social justice was reignited. I volunteered during the 2018 campaigns and have considered running for office someday - but it looks like this is the year! Social Services, Healthcare, And Education are my greatest interests, but I look forward to learning about what is most important to the people in District 16 during this campaign. I am excited about both House candidates for District 16, Hamida Dekane & Tracey Wilkie, as we will make a great team. Please support all 3 of us in any way you can!