I attended elementary, middle, and high school in the small town of Calallen in Northwest Corpus Christi. Any Texas high school football or baseball fans will probably know about my hometown since it's always been an athletic powerhouse similar to Hutto. Growing up in an agricultural community that put 4H and the Livestock show front and center definitely makes me feel like I'm right back home now that my husband and I planted our roots here in Hutto after getting married. It also doesn't hurt that my husband, Michael, grew up right up the road in Georgetown! We absolutely love our neighborhood of Emory Farms where we live with live our dogs Sam, O.B. Juan Kenobi, Lily, and Cassian, and our cat, Artoo. We are now licensed foster parents and we attend St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
My parents still reside in Corpus Christi in my childhood home and I am the youngest of three sisters. My middle sister and campaign treasurer, Denise, lives in Kyle, Texas, practicing law. My oldest sister, Monica, died in a car accident at the age of 18 the day after Thanksgiving in 1997 while home from her first semester at UT Austin.
I was diagnosed with a severe case of Psoriasis at the age of 16 which eventually expanded into Psoriatic Arthritis in all my joints at the age of 19. It's definitely not easy living with a chronic autoimmune disorder, but I have an incredible support network surrounding me!
After high school, I attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated from the Moody School of Communication with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies and from the College of Liberal Arts with a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric & Writing and Cultural Anthropology. During my time at UT, I was a member of the Speech & Debate Team, a Camp Texas Counselor, Longhorn Singer, and member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. I additionally earned certifications in Advanced Alternative Conflict Resolution & Mediation, Advanced Facilitation, Diversity & Inclusion, as well as Graphic Design.
PREVIOUS TO HUTTO
In 2007 I moved out of the dorms at UT and into property my family owned in Hyde Park, north of campus. I served on my local HOA Board for 10 years and was actively involved in the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce and the Austin Chamber of Commerce as a small business leader in the city. I graduated from the Leadership Austin Emerge Class of 2016 and Ascend Leadership Class of 2017. My volunteer work consists of working at Dell Children's Hospital in the NICU and Family Rooms through the Ronald McDonald House and with the Arthritis Foundation as a patient advocate and Jingle Bell Run/Walk to Cure Arthritis Team Captain. From June 2015 to December 2016, I served as the Inaugural President of the Austin Chapter of the Young Catholic Professionals where I founded the local chapter, recruited the executive leadership team, and served as the President for the Board of Directors. I served as Chapter Coordinator for Legatus Austin, an organization for Catholic business leaders who impact the world marketplace. Because of my multiple years of work with young adults through the Austin Diocese, I was recognized as a Lumen Gentium Honoree.
I worked for three years in Texas politics in the state capitol office of Representative Todd Hunter and then transitioned into higher education administration at UT. While at UT, I worked in the Career Services Office of the School of Law and then joined the Admissions team in the MBA Program Office. I left UT in 2016 to begin my entrepreneurial adventure with my marketing firm, Aspire Integrity Marketing (AIM), LLC. My company began with marketing partnerships between local businesses in high compliance/regulation industries and nonprofits and eventually grew to include separate special events and education arms of the company. In the fall of 2018, a unique opportunity presented to work at the Arthritis Foundation -- a nonprofit I volunteered with for multiple years. As Director of Development for Central & South Texas for Arthritis Foundation, I managed our patient advocacy, healthcare provider relationships, fundraising, event management, corporate partnerships, legislative advocacy, and patient education. My region was vast covering cities from Waco to the Rio Grande Valley (including Hutto!). I traveled throughout the region meeting patients and healthcare providers regularly and loved getting to know the Central & South Texas community. My work with the Arthritis Foundation sadly ended in May due to the Covid-19 impact on all nonprofits. At that time, I revitalized my marketing firm and have been working in and around the Greater Austin community.
I spent the last year and a half getting to know the Hutto community, meeting one-on-one with our civic and business leaders, was elected vice president to my neighborhood HOA board in Emory Farms, and have attended almost all city council meetings in person or online. Additionally, I moved all my personal business to our incredible entrepreneurs here in Hutto from small businesses in Austin and I volunteer as the Marketing/PR Chair for the Central & South Texas Arthritis Foundation. I'm happy to say that I've learned quite a bit about our city and its culture this past year and a half - you probably won't find a more Hippo obsessed person around! While attending city council meetings, I was pleased to see agenda items related to my current civic passion: traffic and zoning issues negatively impacting our neighborhoods. I've heard from many people throughout Hutto about this situation in their respective neighborhoods and as an Emory Farms HOA board member, I am intimately aware of this on-going situation. Immediately behind the Emory Farms neighborhood is the Titan Industrial Park, a light industrial zone that is growing in size and causing tremendous issues for property values, safety, and quality of life.
I'm extremely thankful for the great Hutto leaders and citizens that asked me to consider running for city council over the past months. Their faith in my experience and continued encouragement is humbling. After careful consideration and prayer, I am happy and eager to take this step forward towards a run for the Hutto City Council, Place 3.
I look forward to engaging with more Hutto citizens over the next few months. I plan to bring my substantial knowledge of local leadership and development to the city council and will continue collective efforts towards complete transparency in our city decisions. This is an incredible community and I hope to serve y'all soon. My husband and I planted our roots here and we're invested in the success of this community!