Senate District 6 Unsung Hero
Tell us a little about yourself?
I have lived in the Sacramento area for the past 36 years, and while I grew up in Europe, I consider Sacramento my home. I attended California State University at Sacramento (CSUS) where I received a Bachelor's Degree in the Administration of Criminal Justice. I became the first female Special Agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' Sacramento Field Office where I spent the majority of my street career. As a Federal Agent, I wanted to protect the public but also felt the strong need to give back to my community by volunteering with Kops and Kids for more than 20 years, as well as teaching the G.R.E.A.T (Gang Resistance Education and Training) classes in various schools throughout Sacramento. Now, I'm a security expert for the Sacramento City Unified School District, where I work every day to keep kids safe. I have three children and five grandchildren and a dog who thinks he is human.
How are you making a difference in your community?
I believe it is important to be an active part of your community and to help others to thrive and reach their goals. I have a plaque in my bedroom that I pass every day that says "Always Give and You Will Always Have" and a tapestry that says "Do Unto To Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You". These are the mantras I live by. I am passionate about life - my family, my responsibility to keep others safe and to bring happiness to those around me.
I feel I am making an impact with my job in the Office of Safe Schools at Sacramento City Unified School District. I bring my knowledge, experience, passion and willingness to work harder every day. I feel blessed to work with an amazing team of School Resource Officers; they inspire me every day to make a difference with our students, parents, staff and community. I had a conversation recently with a parent and she told me how concerned she was about her child. I told her that I understood how she felt because I consider every one of our 43,000 students as "my children", and that I understood and appreciated her concerns. I can appreciate a parent's need to feel their child is important to them as well their school district.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
My children and my family are accomplishments that have made me proud, but my sense of pride would be incomplete without including my careers in law enforcement, the schools, and my relationships with youth organizations.
What is your struggle?
I have struggled with moving around most of my life, I moved 16 or 17 times by the time I was in high school. However, the silver lining was that I was able to start over anywhere! I also struggled with going into a male dominated profession and working to prove myself not just as a new agent, but as a female agent. I became the 50th female agent in my agency and while it was not always easy, it made me a stronger, better person.
What life-lessons have you instilled in your kids?
I taught all my kids that while I believe in them, they need to believe in themselves and to reach for the stars. I taught them to be honest, loving, trustworthy and giving people. My entire family has supported at-risk youth, from coaching to counseling to the professions they chose. Whenever someone in my family knows of a person or people in need, I know they will all come to the table and ask, "what can I do, what can I give". It doesn't get much better than that.
If there is one problem in our community that you wish you could fix, what would it be?
If I had a magic lantern, I would end poverty and improve mental health assistance at the same time. I truly believe that if poverty could be addressed, then mental health could be affected.
How do you decompress?
Hmm, this is the most difficult because I have a hard time decompressing. I would say spending time with my family and watching sports relaxes me.