I’m a lifelong Alaskan and grew up in Tok, where my family and my husband’s family still reside.  I left Alaska to pursue a college education and graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Natural Resources Management.  I returned to Alaska and worked for the State of Alaska (SOA), Department of Natural Resources in both the Division of Parks and Recreation and the Division of Forestry.  After watching budget cuts carve the Alaska State Parks system down to its bare bones, the Northern Director encouraged me to dive into the policy making arena of Natural Resources by seeking a law degree.  I received my Juris Doctorate from University of Montana with the intent to get into public land policy but got side tracked at the SOA Public Defender Agency.  I worked for 8 years representing indigent clients in criminal defense, parental rights defense, and guardian ad litem cases before finally getting my policy job.  I currently work at Tanana Chiefs Conference as the Government Relations Coordinator where I get to help shape policy priorities for over 18,000 tribal beneficiaries.  My work allows me to dive deep into state and federal budget processes and I am familiar with the time and effort it takes to work with others who may have differing view points to effect change.  I served for three years on the FNSB Planning Commission and for two years on the City of Fairbanks Diversity Council and bring that experience to the table, as well.  My husband and I are avid outdoors people and enjoy spending time at our cabin on Mansfield Lake.