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  • People come first. I believe in commerce, business, and upward mobility, and people make them happen. Whether they are called customers, clients, or constituents; businesspeople or entrepreneurs, workers or laborers, people are our most important asset.
  • Versatile experienced professional. I have worked in the private sector, public sector, and the nonprofit world. I have been an employee and an employer. I am both a Dunkirk City official and a small business owner in Dunkirk.
  • A trained leader. I received leadership and management training through M&T Bank, Hunt Real Estate, & Leadership Buffalo.
  • An experienced leader. I have led as an assistant bank branch manager, a public school teacher leading students, an executive director leading a housing & community development organization, a prevention specialist leading a drug prevention project on Buffalo’s West Side, a lawyer owning & managing my own law firm and a municipal department head, leading Buffalo’s Commission on Citizen’s Rights & Community Relations and Dunkirk’s Law Department. I have been board president of two nonprofit boards, the Asbury Shalom Zone and Enterprise Charter School.
  • A volunteer leader. I coached in the Southtowns Family YMCA’s basketball program for over 6 years.
  • Experience in community & economic development, real estate, and small business creation. All are integral to the sustainability and growth of Chautauqua County.
  • A bridge builder. I sit on the hyphen between races, cultures, communities, and professions. I have built and can build bridges between all to make Chautauqua County work as one. We are better, together. When we work together, we will thrive despite the immediate and inescapable challenges, including COVID-19 and climate change.
  • Unique perspective. A child of the Rust Belt, I was born and raised in East Chicago, Indiana, I was educated in East Chicago’s public schools through 8th grade, commuted to high school at St. Ignatius in Chicago, studied at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts spent a semester at the University of Costa Rica in San Jose. After working as a professional in several different fields for eleven years, I went back to school to study law at UB Law School. I lived in and raised a family in Buffalo for over twenty years. I have worked for the City of Dunkirk for 3 years and have relocated my business and family here in the last 2 years. I was not born and raised in Chautauqua County. That is not a deficit. That is my reality. And here, it helps. New perspectives, new energy, and new hope are what Chautauqua County needs. My versatility and my not being from here are strengths, not deficits. My family and I have quickly planted roots in Chautauqua County, we appreciate its assets and love it here. I want my children to establish careers here and eventually raise grandchildren here.