MY BACKGROUND

I was born and raised in Michigan in a working-class family. I lived in California (1963-1966), moved to Virginia in 1990, and to Lunenburg County in 1998. My dad (d. 1999) hailed from Scots and Irish roots and was born and raised in Michigan. My mom hails from Japanese roots and was born and raised on Oahu. She was 8 years old when Pearl Harbor was bombed, and her dad and brothers were interned in a stateside camp.

In high school, I was inducted into the National Honor Society and received the John & Elizabeth Whitely Business Award for Outstanding Student. After graduation, I enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and received basic training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX. I took the Administrative Specialist and Legal Services Specialist courses at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS, and received an Administrative Specialist Course Honor Graduate certificate. I then worked as a Legal Services Specialist at Andrews AFB in Camp Springs, MD, and received an honorable discharge in 1978.

I accompanied my husband on his U.S. Air Force tour of duty in the Philippines from 1978 to 1984. He served in the Viet Nam war and was a member of the, now declassified, Rustics who carried out missions in Cambodia and Laos. We have 5 children and 14 grandchildren; it is for them and their generations that I run for state office to help protect the hard fought for rights and freedoms that Republican-majority state legislatures are taking away.

My work experience includes the military (E-4), civil service (GS-5), private sector (working for a DOD contractor), retail, fast food, and substitute teacher. While my children were growing up, I volunteered with our church, PTA, homeowners’ association, and served as a Cub Scout Leader, Brownie Girl Scout Leader, and Little League Team Mother.

I graduated magna cum laude from Longwood College (now University) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology and a concentration in Criminal Justice. At the graduate level, I received a Certificate in Social Policy Administration, also from Longwood University. I volunteered with the Commuter Student Association, was placed on the National Dean’s List twice, and was inducted into four honor and leadership societies: Pinnacle, Alpha Kappa Delta, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Lambda Alpha Epsilon. I also received two Citizen Leader Awards: the St. Joan of Arc Visionary, and Most Contributions to Commuter Life.

In the community, I volunteered with the Friends of the Victoria Public Library, and I am a member of the Lunenburg County Chamber of Commerce and the Lunenburg County Democratic Committee. I am also a member of the American Legion Department of Virginia, the American Criminal Justice Association (ACJA-LAE), the Rural Caucus of the Democratic Party of Virginia, and Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia (DAAV).

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