I am a small business owner and 1990 graduate of Southern Ct State University. My husband and I started our own business in the early 90's on the heels of a recession and quickly built an excellent reputation in the media industry. Over the years my interests expanded to working in the non-profit world, carrying on a family tradition of serving in the human services field. I became involved with Branford Early Childhood Collaborative, a local organization focused on bringing child-focused stakeholders in the town to improve the health, education and safety outcomes of children, birth through age 8.
Over my years living in Branford I produced and secured funding for community initiatives in the areas of early childhood, community playgrounds, large scale multimedia tourism events that drew people from all over New England, and produced children's arts, environmental and water education programs.
In 2017, I ran for office to serve on Branford's Representative Town Meeting (RTM) as the third district candidate and was a the top vote getter in the district. By 2018, I set my sights on state-wide office, ran for State Representative, and was proudly elected to serve the 102nd district. My first year in office I led the passage of a stock epinephrine bill allowing access to this life-saving medication in public spaces. I was honored to be inducted into the Branford Education Hall of Fame in 2019. Today, I serve on the board of the Branford Historical Society as communication chair and can often be found listening to resident's stories of yore.
In 2020, with the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging our communities, I received a record number of emails and calls from constituents and they continue today. I am humbled to be able to provide so many Branford residents with support during the most difficult times of their lives. Now in my second term, I've never felt more connected to the people that live here in Branford and the issues they face every day.
Today, as we move forward with a new appreciation for the support government can provide during times of crisis, I am focused on being a bridge for the resources our state has and improving systems that address our shortcomings. Whether working to improve oral care for all, connecting our diverse families to life-saving vaccines, finding solutions to the mental health crisis facing our children, or ensuring that the deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing community have the necessary services in our state, I am still that parent that fought for her son's access to a safe and inclusive education.
I serve as Vice Chair of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee, on the Education Committee and the Committee on Children. This past fall I served as co-chair on several work groups. The first titled; Work Group Concerning Issues Affecting Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind Persons; and the second, a Community Hospice Ombudsman Work Group. I was recently appointed by the House Majority Leader to serve on the Mental Health Service Provider Task Force, to begin work in 2022. Additionally, I am a member of the bipartisan Bio-Science Caucus, Coastal Caucus, Early Childhood Caucus, Fire/EMS caucus and Arts and Culture Caucus.
This past year we passed a bipartisan budget, our Rainy Day Fund continues to reach record levels, we are seeing historic revenue growth and we are making meaningful contributions to our pension fund, putting the state in a positive position for the first time in decades. We must continue down this path.
This past fall I announced the news of a $750,000 bonding package for Branford to make our streets more walkable and help mitigate traffic issues with additional safety measures on Route 142. Throughout my career I've delivered on bringing investments into our community that have positively impacted the residents of our town, young and old.
There is still more work to do to protect access to reliable, affordable health care; foster economic growth and create more well-paying jobs; support high-quality accessible public education; and protect the environment we all cherish. You can depend on me to work hard on your behalf, each and every day.