I was born in Logan and reared in a large family in North Ogden, Utah. Following my parents’ example, I got involved in politics early, working on local campaigns as a teenager. I studied English and Political Science at BYU. After serving a mission in Guatemala and graduating, summa cum laude, I worked with Senator Orrin Hatch for two years in Washington, D.C. I subsequently earned an M.A. in Political Science and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources, both from UCLA. My dissertation research focused on conflict management in global, virtual teams, which permitted me to study more and less effective ways of handling conflict in complex situations. While completing my graduate work, I taught as adjunct faculty at Pepperdine University.
My husband and I moved to Fruit Heights fifteen years ago. We have three children, ranging in age from thirteen to eighteen. In addition to managing things at home during these child-rearing years, I’ve been active in our community, schools, and church.
Community Activities and Honors at a Glance
- Currently serving as vice-chair for the United Utah Party in Davis County
- Served multiple terms as precinct vice-chair for the Republican Party in Davis County
- Served as a county delegate for the Republican Party in Davis County
- Served as an appointed member of a Social Studies Curriculum Standards Review Committee for the Utah Department of Education
- Served as an appointed member of the Application Review Committee for the Davis School District superintendent search
- Served many terms on Community Councils at the elementary, junior high, and high school levels, including several terms as Council Chair
- Served two terms as an elementary school PTA Legislative Vice-President
- Co-organized a community screening of Most Likely to Succeed, a documentary on education innovation
- Currently managing a neighborhood news forum (for 9+ years)
- Volunteered several years for Lifting Hands International, a non-profit assisting refugees in the U.S. and abroad
- Organized and helped execute a large-scale fundraiser to assist in building a school and drinking water reserves in Kenya
- Volunteered for several local campaigns, including political and non-partisan elections
- Selected as one of only 50 college juniors in the nation to attend Leadership America, a ten-week summer leadership program in multiple states across the U.S.
- Selected as one of only ten Honors Students of the Year, two of my four years at BYU