I have been an Amador County resident for more than 25 years and a resident of Sutter Creek for approximately 12 years. Born and raised in Salinas, I remember the wonderful trips as a child to the Gold Country. My parents would regale us with stories about the gold mines and miners; we would pan for gold in the beautiful little creeks, and seek out the unique, quaint buildings throughout the old towns. I was happy, when so many years later, I once again found myself in Sutter Creek.
I attended Fresno State University, graduating with a degree in English and a teaching credential. I taught junior high and high school in Fresno for nine years before becoming a peace officer with the Department of Corrections. As I worked my way through Corrections, I pursued increasingly diverse and complex roles, eventually overseeing significant budgets and very large staffs. After a 26-year public safety career in the Department of Corrections, I retired in 2008 as Associate Warden at Folsom State Prison. During my career with Corrections, I always felt that my work made a difference in people’s lives by making communities safer and by ensuring public monies were spent responsibly.
In April 2009, I was appointed by the Sutter Creek City Council to fill a vacant seat on the City Council. I was elected to the City Council in 2010 and served as Sutter Creek’s Mayor in 2012. As a City Council member, I served on a variety of Boards, Committees, and Foundations, including the Amador County Recreation Board, two years as Chairperson; and the Kennedy Mine Foundation. I worked hard to give back to the community I love and to ensure that Sutter Creek remains forever the jewel of the Mother Lode that I remember as a child. I am a member of the Sutter Creek Woman’s Club; a Board Member on the Amador County Arts Council, currently serving as Secretary; and a member of AAUW. I am also Tasting Room Manager for BellaGrace Vineyards at their Sutter Creek location.