Member of Neighborhood House Board of Directors; chair of Neighborhood House Food Shelf; member and chair of Carmen Pampa Fund Board of Directors; membership/involvement also with Perrie Jones Advisory Committee, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity Advocacy Committee, Friends of the St. Paul Library Advocacy Committee and Human Resources Committee. Former member of the boards of The Friends of the St. Paul Library, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, and Merrick Community Services. Former chair and spokesperson for the Committee to Protect Mesothelioma Victims.
Graduate of the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN, elementary education.
1976-1983: taught first and third graders at Jefferson Elementary School, Willmar, MN
1983-2010: professional staff of the Minnesota Education Association (MEA), which merged in 1998 with the Minnesota Federation of Teachers to become Education Minnesota. Assignments included field representative, political organizer and lobbyist and involved working with and representing educators at the K-12 and higher education levels in locals throughout Minnesota. Served as liaison/organizer with the Student Program, a program for college and university students preparing to become educators. Possess extensive training experience and have been a member of numerous National Education Association training teams, both writing and delivering training. Areas of focus: organizing, healthy/safe schools, time management, stress management, conflict resolution, member rights and interest based bargaining.
Honors and achievements: 2011 recipient of the Benedictine Award from the College of St. Benedict; co-author with Dr. Harvey Pass and Amy Metula of 100 Questions and Answers About Mesothelioma, second edition.