Thanks for the opportunity to serve as your Councilor, and thanks for stopping by to get to know me!
I moved to Amherst in 1998 to attend the University, and with the exception of two years living in Boston after graduation, have lived in North Amherst since. I'm a single parent to two (mostly) wonderful children, ages 10 and 12.
I became involved in Town government in August 2020 when I co-founded an organization with District two resident and Amherst business owner Matthew Andrews -- Reparations For Amherst -- in which we advocate, with other dedicated community activists, for reparations for residents of African Heritage.
Our efforts led to the creation of a municipal reparations fund, and a newly formed Town committee -- African Heritage Reparations Assembly -- of which I am a member.
Amherst became the second municipality in the U.S. to develop a reparations program for People of African Descent, and our work has been recognized nationally and globally.
In 2015 I began a training pathway at UMASS Medical School to become a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher. I'm qualified to teach MBSR and Mindful Eating, and have developed unique programs for educators, businesses, and athletic teams.
Beginning in 2005, I began practicing Real Estate working with a super team at Jones Hutchins in Northampton. After 3 years I received my Massachusetts Real Estate Broker License, of which I'm in the process of reinstating. My ex-husband and I operated a Real Estate development and management company together between 2005 and 2018, primarily in Hampden County.
In my free moments I enjoy adventuring with my children, traveling, being in nature, spending time (usually over dinner and wine) with friends, writing, reading, meditating, and watching Town Council and Committee meetings.
I look forward to meeting more neighbors and business owners, and to serving our incredible community!