“Many people believe that females are weak and not able to lead. I typically do not respond to that form of ignorance. I just prove them wrong by doing my job to the best of my ability, which speaks for itself.”
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College Attended and Degree Program:
Wayne State University/Business Management
What path lead you to your current position?
In my last position I was the Executive Director of a homeless shelter for 7 years. I learned a lot about the needs of the community as well as the gaps. I have always had an interest in community development, building and growth. I love working with people and I love the community in which I serve. I’m a product of Buena Vista Township and school system and I truly believe that I have the passion to get the Township back to what it once was when I was a little girl growing up here. One where we truly could live, work and play in our own community. One where we are proud of our community and one where we work together for the betterment of the community.
What do you enjoy most about being a manager?
I enjoy talking with the constituents and learning about their concerns and desires for the community.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career? How did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge that I have faced in my career is being questioned because I’m a female. Many people believe that females are weak and not able to lead. I typically do not respond to that form of ignorance. I just prove them wrong by doing my job to the best of my ability, which speaks for itself.
What are some of the most important skills it takes to be a manager?
Some of the skills necessary are strong leadership skills, effective communication, teamwork, great networking abilities, strong math skills and the ability to multi-task just to name a few.
What project has been most meaningful in your career to date?
The project that has been most meaningful thus far is working with a developer to build more single family homes in the community. I want the constituents to know that the Township is constantly seeking new economic and community development opportunities in order to ensure residents that we want to promote growth from all aspects.
Best tip for entering the profession:
You must be open-minded and have very thick skin. Make sure that you keep the focus on the betterment of the community at all times.
Best tip for succeeding in the profession:
Stay positive and make sure that you are not only working with your team but you are also working with the constituents in order to move the community forward.
How do you establish the best relationship with your elected officials?
Be very open and honest with them while always remaining professional. The only way to truly work together is to have a mutual respect for each other and realizing that there where will be times when you will just have to simply agree to disagree.