Chair, Environment, Energy & Land Use Steering Committee
Commissioner, Catawba County, N.C.
Number of years involved in NACo: 18
Years in public service: 31
Occupation: Retired small business owner
Education: A.A. interior design from Ohio University
Three people (living or dead) I’d invite to dinner: Sandra Day O’Connor, Ronald Reagan and Steve Jobs.
A dream I have is to: Have everyone in the United States connected by broadband.
You’d be surprised to learn that I: Have trained girls for primitive camping.
The most adventurous thing I’ve ever done is: Travel to Myanmar to visit several villages.
My favorite way to relax is to: Read.
I’m most proud of: My family (husband, Dan; daughter, Stacey and son, Chris). They are all successful, contributing citizens.
Every morning I read: Three newspapers- The Wall Street Journal, The Charlotte Observer and the Hickory Daily Record.
My favorite meal is: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and green beans (Southern style).
My pet peeve is: Not recycling.
My motto is: Be prepared.
The last book I read was: America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie.
My favorite movie is: The Natural with Robert Redford.
My favorite music is: Broadway hits.
My favorite U.S. president is: Ronald Reagan.
My county is a NACo member because: NACo is our window to the federal government and its impact on counties. It also is a great means to learn from counties in other states.