I’m a lifelong Southside Chicago resident. Having attended both grammar school and high school in Chicago (graduating at the age of 16), I am a proud product of the Chicago Public School (CPS) educational system. I hold an MBA with distinction from Keller Graduate School of Management, an M.S. in Biology from Chicago State University, and a B.S. in Biology from University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). In addition, I’m also a published author, having written a children’s book “The Seasons of the Year”, as well as a poetry book “Laugh Now, Cry Later…A Window to My Soul”.
I’m involved in several community organizations, serving as the Secretary for Gathering Point Community Council (GPCC) and the Vice-President of Communities United for Tomorrow (C.U.T.). In my spare time I volunteer as a mentor to pre-teens and teens.
I have worked as an adjunct Biology professor for The City Colleges of Chicago and have previously taught as a substitute teacher for CPS. I also bring prior experience as a research scientist. My scientific background will bring a much-needed analytical approach to the many problems facing our state.
My main priority is to propose legislation to help the State of Illinois regain its fiscal stability. I believe that this can best be achieved via a balanced budget and enactment of pension reform.
Finally, and most importantly, I am the proud mother of Kennedy Rae (age 2). She is my pride and joy, and I want to rebuild the State of Illinois so that it provides her a world of opportunities. Our family also has a maltipoo named Nike, and various fish. I enjoy making jewelry, reading, fishing, riding motorcycles, roller-skating and swimming in my free time.