I have strong Irish working-class roots and have always been deeply involved in community organizing and community-building efforts. I moved to Alaska in 1997 from Burlington, Vermont to work with Tribal Governments in Northwest Alaska. In 2001, I moved to the valley where I have continued to work for Alaska Native tribes, am employed at the Mat-Su Regional Urgent Care Center, and have served in a number of public service capacities.
I chose to step up and run for office when the Democratic nominee for District 10 withdrew because of my belief that it’s time for ordinary people to step up and work for Alaskans. The legislature has been stuck for too long because of the influence of special interests. All of us are in this together -- it’s about us as Alaskans. It’s about our children and our grandchildren and the kind of community, state, and planet we leave them. We need to work together as Alaskans to make our state function like it should. Not interested in partisan politics, I aim to advance real discussions about what can be done to expand local economic opportunities, strong resilient communities, get special interests out of Juneau, and protect the interests of Alaskans. We are in this together and we are the solution we have been waiting for.
Throughout the years of working alongside unions and efforts community building, I have developed a broad field of knowledge and skills. Some of these efforts include service on the Police Commission, Tax Commission, and the Planning Commission. I have remained involved with many groups locally, including the Elks, Lions International, IBEW, and I was the appointed designee of Bernie Sanders for the state of Alaska. I have been a lifelong advocate of workers’ rights and accountability in leadership -- and will continue to be in office.
Business and Professional Positions
- Coordinator, Jesse Jackson Presidential Campaign, Northern Vermont
- Coordinator, Rainbow Coalition, Northern Vermont
- Director, Vermont Pilot Project, Criminal Justice System Reform and Domestic Violence
- Nationally-certified Vermont EMT; Kotzebue, AK EMS
- Burlington Police Commission
- Burlington Tax Board
- Planning/Development Manager, Maniilaq
- Houston Planning Commission
- Community Organizer, St. Albans Vermont
- Franklin County Court Diversion
- Franklin County Mental Health Emergency Crisis and Detox
- Founded Big Brothers, Big Sisters Franklin County
- Medical Coding, St. Peter’s Hospital
- Battered Women’s Program Coordinator, CCAP
- Consultant - Planning, Technical Advising, Intergovernmental Negotiations
- OAR, Matsu Regional Medical Center