I am originally from the east coast. I received a bachelors degree in social work from Buffalo State College, in Buffalo, New York in 1999. I have been involved with Spina Bifida chapters throughout the country. In 1999, I assisted with planning the community events for the Spina Bifida Association of Western New York. From 2001 to 2006, I was the Treasurer for the Spina Bifida Association of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Since moving to Richland, Washington in 2007, I have been an active member in my community serving on several committees advocating for individuals with disabilities helping them to live independent. I am also a motivational speaker, writer and blogger. Using my personal experiences, I teach people how to overcome obstacles in life. In 2010, I wrote a children’s adventure book called “Super Cyclist” about a superhero who uses a hand cycle to protect people. I use the book to teach children to believe in themselves. I have a blog, “SKILLS: Share Knowledge of Independent Living and Learn Skills” which has a variety of stories about my personal and professional experiences with independent living. I have also written an article for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), “Workplace Communication Tips for People Living with Mental Illness” and an article for Exceptional Parent, “Transitioning Into Residential Living: Independent Living At a Whole New Level“. I am also very strong believer in volunteering. In 2010, I received a GOLDEN HEART AWARD for Outstanding Volunteer from the Benton Franklin Volunteer Center. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or through my website SuperCyclist.com.
Term Ends: 2022