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Salt Creek Park Board
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Occupation: Estate Sales
Education: Bachelors of Science in Marketing
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Why are you running for this office, whether for re-election or election the first time? Is there a particular issue that motivates you, and if so, what is it?
I am running for Salt Creek Commissioner because I don't want to be a bystander and sit quietly on the sidelines. Being purposeful in my day to day life draws meaning to this wonderful world around me. I have always understood the positive impact a park district can have on all members in its community.
How do you assess the state of the district's finances? What, if any, changes do you propose to alter the district's financial picture, whether through cost reduction or revenue increases? Please be as specific as possible on where you would propose cutting or how you would propose increasing revenue.
In response to the state of the district's finances, I believe that fiscal responsibility should be one of highest priorities and it is my intention to ensure the needs of our community are met.
What programs aren't paying for themselves? Would you keep, eliminate or change them? How and why?
Working with the park district staff, I would assess each program individually with the intention to change, eliminate or add new programs for our residents. As a life long suburban park district user I have a good understanding of the programs and facilities that our community enjoys.
Are there any unmet recreational needs? If yes, what are they and how would you propose paying for them?
In this ever-changing world, I would love to continue program growth and participation, as well as strengthening our reciprocal agreements with neighboring communities.
If you are a newcomer, what prompted you to run for the park board? If you're an incumbent, list your accomplishments or key initiatives in which you played a leadership role.
As a mother of two young children who are active in our community, I feel it is important to ensure that our recreational needs for our youth are being met.
What other issues, if any, are important to you as a candidate for this office?
Most importantly, to assure residents are staying well-connected with our parks and facilities while improving technology and infrastructure district wide. In this modern age of technology, it is easy to connect our residents via social media to Salt Creeks current events, ways to get involved and the best volunteering opportunities.
Please name one current leader who most inspires you.
Sheryl Sandberg is a current leader who inspires me most for her positive outlook on life.
What is the biggest lesson you learned at home growing up?
One of the biggest lessons I took away from my childhood is, Learning is a life-long adventure.
If life gave you one do-over, what would you spend it on?
If life gave me a do-over, I would spend more time with my mom.
What was your favorite subject in school and how did it help you in later life?
My favorite subject was always business. An influential teacher from Rolling Meadows High School helped set my career path.
If you could give your children only one piece of advice, what would it be?
The one piece of advice I will give to my children is to wear sunscreen.