City Council at-large seat
Born and raised in Winona, lived in New York City working in the performing arts. After returning home to Winona, obtained two degrees and certification in Management. Worked for profit and nonprofit organizations. Formerly Festival Manager and still serving as Vice-Chair of Great River Shakespeare Festival. Also on Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
What do you believe are the three biggest assets to the city of Winona and how can these assets be utilized to propel Winona into the future?
Our three biggest assets, of many, are: our people; natural environmental splendor; and historical heritage. This rich combination of assets gives us our strong business, educational, artistic/cultural, and tourism offerings, and can be used to creatively envision and implement future endeavors.
What is your vision for the city in regard to the downtown, central neighborhoods, industrial development, residential development and urban expansion (i.e. annexation)?
Insightful, extensive planning is needed for change within the city and expansion. I believe community enhancement can be realized through innovation, renewal and redesign of our current infrastructure. I see Winona developing light industrial business, mixed small business, and launching concrete steps to revitalize downtown and the river front.
If elected, what things would you work to change in the city and what would you work to preserve? How?
I would like to see expansion of beautification endeavors and tourism opportunities. Preserving our older neighborhoods and city core, environmental assets, and historical structures is essential.
This can be accomplished by making our community more integrated through building stronger liaisons with educational institutions, local governments, citizens, and businesses. My approach is one of outreach and involvement through proactive and consistent actions.