Chapel Hill Carrboro Board of Education
Board Member 2007- present
In addition to bringing the lens of “every student matters” to all board discussions, I have also focused on the following:
- I initiated and continued efforts to ensure that the School Board examines its own practices, at least annually, to ensure it is working at utmost efficiency to serve children.
- As promised during my first campaign, I have built relationships with other local elected officials to ensure that CHCCS advocates are welcomed to the table when those officials are making decisions that have an impact on our children.
- I worked with Board colleague Greg McElveen to ensure that in the event of a “reduction in force” that performance is considered not just seniority. Nearly all of Chapel Hill Carrboro teachers are dedicated, effective educators. In those rare cases when a teacher is not effective, the needs of the students must be our first priority.
- During my tenure, the Board has had to cut the budget by millions of dollars but has been able to protect students’ experience in the classroom. That said, teachers and staff are all under tremendous pressure because they are striving to provide an excellent education with thin resources.
Liaison positions during 2007-2011 term:
Liaison to Special Needs Advisory Council, Communities in Schools, Community Action Committee, Dual Language Committee, Child Nutrition Committee, Teacher Evaluation Committee, Safe Schools Committee, Coordinated School Health Advisory Board, Culbreth Middle School, McDougal Elementary School, NC Hospital School, Chapel Hill High School, Rashkis Elementary School, Estes Hills Elementary School, Seawell Elementary School, Frank Porter Graham Elementary School, Carrboro High School, Morris Grove Elementary School
Legislative Study Commission on Children and Youth, North Carolina General Assembly
Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Coalition of North Carolina
Board Member 1995-1996
Volunteer Historian for CHCCS
Chair, School Governance Committee
Estes Hills Elementary School, 2005-2006
Member, School Governance Committee
Estes Hills Elementary School, 2004-2005
CHCCS School Budget Advocate
Weekly Elementary Classroom Volunteer
Parent Advisor, Estes Hills Literary Magazine
Email List Manager
Senior Chapel Hill YMCA Swim Team Parents, 2007-2009
Email List Manager
Cedar Hills Neighborhood, 2004-present
Parent Representative, TCST Summer Swim Team
Membership Chair, League of Women Voters
Boca Raton, FL 1992-1993
Chair, Wake County Council on Adolescent Pregnancy
Member, League of Women Voters
Chapters in Raleigh, Boca Raton and Chapel Hill, 1989 to present
Freelance Grant Strategist, Chapel Hill, NC
May 2002 to Present
Research, formulate and draft foundation, corporate and government grant proposals. Consult on board make-up, strategic planning, and program design.
Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Coalition of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Special Projects Coordinator 1996-2002
Researched, formulated and drafted foundation grant proposals and reports, edited quarterly newsletter, coordinated annual statewide conference.
Planned Parenthood, Boca Raton, FL
Community Affairs Manager 1990-1992
Supervised three Education Department staff, drafted grant proposals and reports, directed affiliate’s lobbying activities, acted as press spokesperson.
Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Coalition of NC, Raleigh, NC
Public Education Coordinator 1988-1990
Provided guidance to grassroots organizations, educated members of the North Carolina General Assembly, drafted grants, made media appearances.
Advocates for Youth (formerly Center for Population Options), Washington, DC
Public Policy Associate 1987-1988
Drafted grant proposals and reports, coordinated national conference, chaired legislative coalition on federal teen pregnancy legislation.
Bob Edgar for U.S. Senate, Philadelphia, PA
Assistant to the Campaign Manager 1986
Supervised seven administrative staff, prepared issue briefs, organized fundraising events, supervised filing of Federal Election Commission reports.
The Office of U.S. Representative Bob Edgar,
Legislative Assistant 1985-1986
Drafted speeches, press statements and newsletters in the areas of education, children’s issues, women’s issues and health.
Legislative Correspondent 1984-1985