I'm a stay-at-home mom in St. Louis, MO who moved from caring for toddlers and feeling helpless about the world’s problems to serving as a board member of a top international advocacy organization and accepting invitations to take part in World Bank meetings and a UN Foundation trip to Africa. I began advocating for child survival issues when my daughters were babies. An automotive engineer with no background in community organizing or politics, I learned how to advocate effectively by volunteering with anti-poverty groups. Because I discovered that many advocacy organizations are not set up to encourage or support primary caregivers of young children, I invented my own “best practices” to fit into my family life, relying on my strengths as a mother.
I served as a board member of RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund for four years and led volunteer groups for RESULTS in Chicago and St Louis for over ten years. I remain an active volunteer activist for RESULTS, the ONE campaign, Bread for the World, CARE, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life Campaign. I visit congressional offices with other activists, train volunteers, write blogs, generate social media posts, and organize action meetings. I often speak at local institutions such as St. Louis University, Webster University, John Burroughs School (middle and high school students), Congregation B’nai Amoona, and Parkway United Church of Christ. I remotely join national volunteer webinars as a speaker for RESULTS and Civic Courage.