My family moved to Idaho during my childhood. Most weekends were spent exploring our magnificent mountains and high desert surroundings and fishing and recreating in the pristine rivers and streams. I want to be sure access to these public spaces exists for future generations of our family. My professional life focused on public schools. I taught junior high school English/Language Arts for many years before serving as an elected leader and staff member of the Idaho Education Association. Prior to my retirement in 2017, I worked to create a political environment focused on improving the quality of life for educators and quality public schools for all public school students in our state. I am honored to serve on the CVI Board of Directors and look forward to making our vision a reality.