I am proud to call Sullivan’s Island home. I am running for Town Council because I want to keep Sullivan’s Island a family friendly small town. My husband, Larry, and I have lived on the Island for 35 years and raised our two daughters here. Gina and Ellen attended Sullivan’s Island Elementary School, Laing Middle School and Wando High School.
Currently, I serve as Chair of the Board of Zoning Appeals, with 10 years of experience as a Board member. I have attended nearly every Town Council Meeting and Workshop for the past 6+ years because I think it is critically important for Island citizens to understand the work of their elected officials and town administration. This past year, I have enjoyed serving as a guest columnist for the Island Eye News, writing about Town Council activities in my column A Citizen’s Perspective. For the past four years, Larry and I have enjoyed acting as Light House volunteers, assisting with quarterly open house events at the historic Sullivan’s Island Coast Guard Station, U.S. National Park Service.
I grew up in Kansas City, earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Tennessee. After moving to the Lowcountry, I enjoyed a 30-year career as a professor at MUSC, primarily in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, College of Medicine. In addition to medical research and education, I developed and served as Director of the MUSC Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program. I also served on the Board of Directors, and as President, of my national professional association, the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. Throughout my career I have managed sizeable budgets and worked as part of a team – building consensus to accomplish common goals – both as a team member and a team leader. I am now retired and committed to serving my Sullivan’s Island community.
I love this Island with its vibrant, grass-roots democracy. I respect, and appreciate, the diversity of thought and opinion of my fellow citizens. I ask for the opportunity to contribute my experience, my consensus-building skills, my interest and my enthusiasm to serving you on Sullivan’s Island Town Council.