I am from Anchorage, Alaska. I graduated high school by the skin of my teeth, and I joined the ARMY working in personnel Administration. After I left the ARMY, I became a substance abuse counselor for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. I then worked as an Alaska State Trooper, developed reintegration programs, and worked as a Sex Offender Counselor for the Alaska Department of Corrections. Next, my spouse moved our family to the small town on the Colorado prairie called Fort Morgan. There I became a Sheriff's Deputy, and I had a mentor who taught me how to identify the needs of a community, write grants, cultivate community partners, and develop programs for at-risk youth. My passion is to help at-risk populations, including youth, senior citizens, and animals. I have a husband of many years, two successful grown children, and five rescue dogs in our family.