I've lived in Rollinsville in Gilpin County for 22 years with my husband Larry. I grew up in a military family through  which I learned the  importance  of public service. I have run to serve my county by bringing energy and ideas to build on the work of current county commissioners, help guide 

economic recovery and planning strategies due to the effects of the Coronavirus crisis, and respectfully support the work of county employees and community members.

 EXPERIENCED!    I worked for municipal government for 25 years, including Division Management, giving me experience at a high level of government in:

  • strategic planning

  • policy and program development

  • managing complex budgets using a priority based budgeting system

  • working directly with people from diverse backgrounds

  • public communications

  • public-private business collaborations

  • staff training to feel prepared for and proud of one's work


Making tough decisions to reorganize staff duties and work teams was part of my work to increase efficiencies and stay under budget. During the 2008-10 recession years we made difficult but necessary deep cuts and created a path to recovery.  Department heads were given priority focus areas determined by the city manager. This governing background help me understand Gilpin County's organizational systems especially with the recent economic hit to the county.

I initially provided casework at the city Housing Authority to families needing community resources. Later, in Senior Services I supervised a team of caseworkers including program staffing and budget, organizing community programs, writing and speaking on issues of aging, caregiving, respite care, older driver safety, & housing options. I collaborated to create programs to address unmet or emerging community needs for older adults, families, caregivers and veterans. 



  • Serve on human service boards and organizations for families and individuals.

  • Community Center work groups to help re-open the recreation center, GCART arena use and CSU barn.


  • Hands on experience in forest stewardship projects:

  • Arapahoe-Roosevelt Forest Service Forest Watch Patrol and wildfire safety education volunteer for 7 years

  • Colorado Mountain Club Board and past Conservation Chair for 3 years

  • CMC and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado trail projects, restoration and noxious weed pulls, over 12 years

  • CSU Extension Master Gardener educating on fire-wise planting, home fire mitigation, mountain gardening, and healthy habitats, 21 years


  • An active volunteer in Gilpin County for over 20 years:

  • Greater Rollinsville Community Association member, past Board Officer

  • Gilpin County Extension including the first CSU Extension Advisory Board, Master Gardener and Native Plant Master

  • Gilpin County Senior Living Board creating Gilpin County's first affordable senior housing

  • High Country Auxiliary to support Timberline Fire and GCART animal rescue and emergency responders

  • Gilpin County Food Bank & Garden addressing food insecurity

  • Access to Healthcare Coalition

  • Peak to  Peak Rotary

  • Mountain Paws Pet Care Fund events

  • Gilpin County Democratic Committee, Precinct 6

  • Voter registration and Voter Inclusion Plan co-author

    My free time is spent with family & friends, hiking,

    gardening, backcountry skiing, traveling, and

    throwing balls for neighborhood dogs.

 Holiday Basket for Isolated Elders


 Hiking travel in the mountains

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Community education events 

 Your Vote is Your Voice!

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Gilpin County Food Bank Gardener

High Country Auxiliary

Highway 119 clean ups

Native Pollinators


Gilpin County Senior Living Board

Native Plant Master

 Food Bank Volunteer

 Mountain Peak Life Seniors Events

CSU Extension & Master Gardener

 Listening to county residents

 Respect for our local Mountains!