I have always been a leader - my grandfather used to call me Sergeant Sears. My tenacity, organizational skills and discipline have helped me serve the community well.
I graduated from Towson University with a B.A. in International Studies.
In 1990, I had a burning desire to serve my country. I enlisted, and after Personnel School, I was stationed on the USS Yellowstone and served during the first Gulf War. I received 4 medals, and high commendations from the Commanding Officer. I was ultimately and reluctantly honorably medically discharged.
I returned to school, and in 2001, I graduated with a master’s from the University of Maryland University College.
After graduation, my entrepreneurial spirit took hold. I developed and ran small businesses, eventually being awarded “Women in Business Advocate” by the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce. I completely understand the difficulties and challenges faced everyday by small business owners.
I am a strong believer in serving the community through volunteerism. I have been active with the Boys & Girls Clubs, the Jaycees, Organization of Hispanic and Latin Americans, the World Trade Center Institute, Rotary and others. I have spent many hours teaching English as a second language, reading to children at Eastport Elementary, helping with the Lighthouse Shelter, mentoring business owners through SCORE; being a Big Sister through Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and attending many fundraising events for other organizations.
My family is the center of my life. My husband, Brian, is a consultant and US Marine Reserve Pilot. I have two wonderful stepchildren, Ian and Katie; and, in 2011, we welcomed the newest addition to the family – Ellie.
Currently, I am working hard to be your delegate – your voice in the statehouse. I am also pursuing more entrepreneurial activities, and naturally, volunteering whenever possible!