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I am committed to be a good public representative. I have served on City Council before. Many have urged me to take the office again. They know I will be listening to citizen concerns, defining issues, researching needs, and providing political leadership. I listen. I will be an advocate. I care about neighborhood quality.
I am an experienced local government leader. Public administration and effective local government have been my life work. I laid the groundwork for it in my education. I have a master's degree in public administration and have studied government finance, personnel and labor negotiations, annexation, neighborhood preservation, etc. My leadership brought to life the 25th Anniversary Street Art Beavers. My leadership developed the Beavercreek Youth Council. My leadership created the Beavercreek Forward Foundation. I am an experienced community leader.
My husband Ken and I moved to Beavercreek with two children in 1985. I have been a resident for 30 years. I have earned respect as a community leader and person who delivers high quality governance to citizens. I offer my proven history of experience, knowledge, and hands-on involvement.
I am a person who will get things done. Here are a few of the things that I have initiated:
BEAVERCREEK FORWARD FOUNDATION In 2009, I pulled together a small group of people who had a shared vision for community grants and the establishment of an endowment structure. A local foundation helps philanthropically minded residents "make a difference." The financial donation can also be a tax deduction. It could be a single donation. It could also be a large donation to leave a legacy (indefinitely supporting a project, even after death). During the first 5 years, in spite of the recession, nearly $50,000 was given in grants AND in addition, nearly $50,000 is currently in an endowment account at Greene Giving to support Beavercreek's successful future.
25th ANNIVERSARY for City of Beavercreek. In 2003, the City learned the findings of a strategic plan completed by the Center for Urban and Public Affairs at Wright State University. I had been aware of the fact that rarely was their news coverage about things in Beavercreek, but I was surprised to learn that a significant portion of the population lacked community pride. Mayor Joy Brailey appointed Julie Sostrom and me to be co-chairs for a 25th Anniversary celebration. My goal was to celebrate Beavercreek's accomplishments during the first 25 years, increase visibility throughout the region and have some fun. 25 Street Art Beaver Sculptures provided the fun...and also provided over $40,000 split between three new projects: the senior center, community theater, and youth council.
BEAVERCREEK YOUTH COUNCIL There are two age groups in a community that truly need and benefit from extra programming and resources: senior citizens benefit from a senior center (already established) and middle school youth benefit from a recreation center and leadership opportunities (an unmet community need). Having been actively engaged in my children's activities and in Beavercreek Schools, and listening to parents and students, the need was defined. The Beavercreek Youth Council was formed to meet the need. The organization serves both high school and middle school students with leadership activities, opportunities to help people and groups in need, and socialization opportunities.