a small town just south of our capital city, Lansing. It was the 70s, and as children we spent our days playing outside until the streetlights came on. All of our families knew each other and looked after each other. My great aunt and uncle, Jeannine and Lyle Job, who were always just mom and dad to me, raised me with unconditional love and a belief that I could do anything if I set my mind to it.
I graduated from Lansing Catholic High School. I went to Central Michigan University where I earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. I earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology at Roosevelt University in Chicago, where I graduated with honors.
I am a mom to my 16 year-old son, Cameron, our two dogs, Alfredo and Lolli, and our cat, Boo Boo. I am a wife to Samantha LaMacchia.
I have been a lifeguard, a server, a bartender, a direct care worker in group home settings, an investigator at the Office of Children’s Ombudsman, a substance abuse counselor at a methadone clinic, and a case manager at a program for troubled teens. For the last 17 years, I have been a family counselor and conciliator at Oakland County, helping parents involved in high conflict custody and parenting disputes resolve their differences by focusing on what matters most to them: their kids.
For me, the common thread has always been service -- an abiding interest in improving the lives of those I serve and my community. I’m running to be your state representative because I want to broaden my commitment to public service and represent ALL of the people of the 46th district.
Like many of you, I am tired of the toxicity and ineffectiveness of our current political situation. I know we can do better. We are a community that cares. We watch out for our neighbors without knowing their political persuasion. In spite of the partisanship in Lansing, here in our homes – at our kitchen tables – we have far more common ground with one another than we have issues that divide us.
We all want our families to be healthy and have access to quality care. We all want jobs that pay a fair wage and provide paid sick leave to care for ailing family members or ourselves. We all want good, safe schools for our children and clean, fresh drinking water.
Simply put, we all want what is best for our families and our community. I will work to achieve those shared goals. I will work to bridge the divide, not widen it. If elected, I will work for you. I promise to put the people of our district first, always above party ideology and partisan rancor. I will raise your voice – and your concerns – in Lansing and fight tirelessly for your best interests.
In the coming months, I’ll be holding town halls, coffee hours, and house parties as well as attending many community events in our 46th district. I’m looking forward to meeting you and your family and hearing what matters most to you.