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I am a 48 year old single mother to a now adult son with cerebral palsy whose name is Anthony. I also have a son I gave up for adoption named Aaron. I was born in Baileyville Kansas, and later graduated from Topeka High School. I have also spent time living in Lawrence, Great Bend, Seneca and Kansas City Kansas.
I was a founding member of the Washburn ABWA student chapter and served on the campus ministry board as student representative as well as tech assistant. I served as the chair of the bible study afternoon group – Deborah – at First Lutheran Church here in Topeka Ks. I have been the CEO and owner of Wildheart Social Media, a company dedicated to social media consulting. Before then, I worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant. I have also served several community roles, such as a community outreach person for the Aaron Douglas Art Fair for two years then this year was promoted to PR director. I am the state committee woman for the Kansas Democratic Party Disability Caucus. I am an active member of the Capital Area Federation of Democratic Women where I hold the position of communications chair. I have volunteered for Our Revolution Kansas and Topeka Indivisible. I am also on the publicity committee for the Kansas Federation of Democratic Women. I co-admin the disability caucus Facebook page, the Kansas Federation of Democratic Women Facebook page and the Topeka Area Democratic Women Facebook page.
In 2017 I took a huge leap and ran for city council district 9. I did not win but I held my own against my two male challengers.
Due to my involvement in the disability caucus I have been able to have access to resources the disabled in Kansans in my district and Kansans statewide need to know about. I am able to have access to resources that women in my district and statewide need to know. I also represent the population that is directly impacted by the policies passed in the statehouse – minorities, the working poor and low income
In my term as senator I plan to work on overhauling how the Home and Community Based Services waiver program is run. I will work to help victims and survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence get the legislation they need to help them. I will work to make sure disabled Kansans in my district and statewide receive equal pay for the same work their able bodied counterparts get. This list is not exhaustive, however a starting point for those who can’t readily speak for themselves.
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