I was born in California, moved to Arizona then on to Colorado where I graduated high school in 1984. I moved to Dallas to attend Southern Methodist University on a football scholarship. After graduating SMU, I began a job in sales which transferred me to Detroit, Michigan. While there, I attended night school at Wayne State University and earned an MBA in Finance.
I wasn’t a fan of the cold and missed Dallas, so in 1994 I moved back and into the Village Apartments. I worked for a National Mortgage Bank, training real estate professionals on the Community Reinvestment Act and various other government programs. In 1998, I started my own mortgage company. Firmly securing my roots in Dallas, I purchased a home in the M-Streets, got married, adopted a dog, and started a family.
For the last 25 years my family and I have built a great life in this city. We have lived all over District 14, from apartments in the Village and Knox-Henderson, to our first home in the M Streets, to our current home East of Skillman. Today we have seven kids all enrolled in DISD, and we are active volunteers in our Neighborhood Association as well as many different school support groups.
I have consistently been involved in our public schools and local politics in the hopes that I can make our community better. A list of a few civic and community activities I have been involved in include:
Crime Watch Chair for Lakewood Heights.
Volunteered for numerous neighborhood public-school organizations and events.
Appointed by City Council to represent the M-Streets as we developed and managed the permitting process for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Greenville Ave.
Helped enact the Conservation District for the M-Streets to better preserve our historic homes.
Participated as a member of the mandated Renaming Committee to help choose a new name for Stonewall Jackson Elementary, now known as Mockingbird Elementary School.
The communities that make up District 14 are made up of some of the most vibrant and diverse neighborhoods in Dallas. But we all want, and deserve, better roads, fewer pot holes, and to feel safe in our homes and neighborhoods. We all recognize the importance of great public schools and libraries and parks. And we all enjoy the diverse restaurants and bars and shops that keep popping up.
We are all one big diverse and chaotic family here in District 14. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.