I’m a mom and a scientist. As a mom, I have to know what is best for each individual and the whole family in order to find a balance to do both simultaneously. As a scientist, I have learned to be objective and study a problem from all angles before making a conclusion. Applying a scientist’s mind and a mom’s heart helps to solve the most difficult problems.
I have lived in Forest Hills for over a decade, and Nashville is home to my family. I love it here because it is a big enough city to have a little bit of everything, but small enough to know our community and our neighbors. Our district is filled with beautiful, green scenery and the people are warm and friendly. Nashville has grown and developed since we moved here 13 years ago with more people, more construction, and more traffic, but the underlying character remains. As a Metro Council member, I promise to be a voice of reason and dedication for our community in a new Nashville.
My husband, Dave, and I met at Johns Hopkins University in 1980. We have five children and always wanted more, so we have often filled our house with exchange students and musician friends and friends of musicians. Dave and I were both products of the public school system, but three of our daughters attended Harpeth Hall and thrived there, as did our Indonesian exchange daughter. All of the girls are grown now, but our son, Lou, is a student at Hillsboro High School, as was his German exchange brother.
Lou is 20 years old and a junior at Hillsboro High School, where the students and teachers have embraced him. Lou was born with Angelman syndrome, caused by a missing gene, and without that gene, his neurons are unable to respond to change easily. Lou communicates with gestures, sounds, signs, and an iPAD app. We moved to Nashville from Chicago when Lou was 7 years old, and he entered second grade at Julia Green Elementary. Thanks to excellent teachers, educational assistants, and his fellow students, Lou has been a pioneer for Inclusion throughout his educational career.
Professionally, I worked as a nurse-midwife until 2006, but in 2009, I went back to school to get a PhD in neuroscience to contribute to finding a cure for Angelman syndrome. In the process, I learned to be a scientist, which has taught me a way to approach problems rationally, ask pointed questions, and then measure solutions.