I grew up in Fargo, North Dakota. My dad was a crane operator and my mom was a union bartender.
In 1967, my father was taken from us in a construction accident. Thankfully, our government’s safety nets caught my mom, my sister, and me when I was ten years old. Social Security afforded us an opportunity for safety and stability. These programs rescued us from poverty. To this day, I am so grateful for the opportunities that were provided to my family by our country.
When I graduated from high school in 1974, I enlisted in the U.S. Army. I wanted to repay our country for the help it had given my family.
After being honorably discharged from the Army, I obtained my B.S. in Zoology in 1981. Following undergrad in 1981, I returned to the military to serve in the Air Force. While simultaneously, serving as Navigation Officer in the Air Force, I obtained a Master's degree in Human Relations and Industrial Psychology. I retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1994.
I wanted to continue serving our country in a different capacity. Following the Air Force, I put myself through medical school. I graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine in 1998.
Upon graduating from UND, I headed West to accept an internship with the University of Nevada School of Medicine Family Practice program. I fell in love with Northern Nevada. I remained in Reno to complete the Family Practice Residency Program in 2001.
I have remained an active medical provider in the Reno-Tahoe community through my private practice and involvement with the UNR School of Medicine as assistant clinical faculty.
A main reason for my involvement in politics: My grandchildren. They have helped me to think not only of their future, but of our country’s future as well. Together, we can provide our future generations with a safe and secure America.
I will always be grateful to our country for helping me. Now, it is my opportunity to help our country once more.