Prior to 1988, while living in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, I focused on environmental projects, and earned the respect of my co-workers for energetically working with and leading two youth groups. This experience afforded me the opportunity to see the underlying socioeconomic challenge that existed between the Youth Conservation Corps, whom I advised, and the CSET team of youth who I lead. At that time, the CSET youth were offered the opportunity to spend the summer in the park working as opposed to a formal detention facility.
While I thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity, in 1988 I accepted a utility worker position with King County Metro. Through perseverance, ongoing education, and increased certification I advanced, in a non-traditional field for women, to an operations Supervisor position. I gained experience in process control, facilities, collections, dispute resolution and creative problem-solving. While at King County, I was afforded the opportunity to attend the University of Washington Business School’s Management Program.
After accepting the Assistant Division Manager of wastewater operations in Tacoma in 2004, I completed my Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Human Resources. I completed a Dispute Resolution Certification and volunteered on a Community Accountability Board (CAB) in Pierce County. CAB supports the youth and their families to create a positive change they would like to see by supplying needed resources.
In 2011 I accepted a treatment plant manager’s position in Edmonds. I continued my education, mentoring, and volunteer work. My dedication to water quality, biosolids beneficial use, fiscal responsibility, sustainability, energy reduction and greenhouse gas reductions in the field are well documented and available upon request.
As an active member of the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association (PNCWA), I have presented several papers, volunteered as a mentor to youth, women and people of color who have pursued interests in the field of wastewater treatment, and visited high schools to talk about opportunities in the wastewater industry. After hiring two people from the Monroe Correctional Institution, I volunteered as a technical trainer for the wastewater treatment program in order to assist them, focusing on process control.