RESUME

Who I am:

  • Born September 10, 1987; life-long resident of Rock Island County, Illinois.

  • Middle-class family: father Wade, Rock Island; mother Dawn (Summers), Moline; three younger sisters Courtney (brother-in-law Joey), Haley, and Carlee.

  • Educated by Rock Island & Milan Public Schools.

  • Augustana College graduate; Bachelor’s Degree in political science cum laude (2010).

  • Lewis University graduate; Master’s Degree in organizational leadership (2016).

  • Avid runner; local charity 5k & half-marathon participant.

  • Dues-paying member of the Farm Bureau and Moose Club.

  • Pro-Union, Pro-Constitution & Rule of Law.


My experience:

  • Chief Deputy to Rock Island County Clerk Karen Kinney (2017- present).

  • South Rock Island Township Clerk (2013- present).

  • Rock Island County Board Vice Chair (2014-2017).

  • Rock Island County Board member representing District 15 (2010-2017).

  • Democratic precinct committeeperson (2008- present).

  • Volunteer boards: Arrowhead Ranch (2011-2017), QC Area Labor Management Council (2011-2017), Project NOW (2012-2013), St Pius Parish Council (2009-2012).

  • Grant coordinator at Washington Jr High School, Rock Island, in charge of over $100,000 annually for Lights On For Learning academic enrichments and support for at-risk students (2012-2017).


What I offer:

  • I have long-standing working relationships with key County stakeholders & local leaders.

  • I know the property tax process from adoption, to extension, to billing, and delinquency.

  • I know the County’s software systems, policies, and the budget process & management.

  • I know the framework of the Illinois Counties Code.

  • I know the levels of government and their leaders from Townships to the National government.

  • I have good demeanor, public speaking skills, and strong writing & reading abilities.

  • I believe public servants should serve the people, not themselves.

  • I believe in good government that is effective and responsive to the people it serves.


Accomplishments:

  • Prepared the budgets for the County Clerk’s Office, and stayed under budget every year.

  • Managed over $200,000 in Federal & State grant money for COVID and the 2020 election, saving the County its own money.

  • Oversaw, with Supervisor Grace Diaz Shirk, the selling and purchasing of Township properties, and the renovations of a building for a new Township Hall using local union labor (IMPACT Project).

  • Discontinued costly fringe benefits for part-time elected officials at the County and Township levels.

  • Initiated and managed the computerizing of records within the Township Clerk’s Office.

  • Exercised budgetary restraint as South Rock Island Township hasn’t raised the tax levy since 2014; kept the Township Clerk salary frozen throughout my terms.