Your 20/20 Vision

My 20/20 vision for Seminole County is to continue to support business opportunities while at the same time promoting affordable housing, environmental protection, and fair wages for firefighters, police officers, and teachers who serve our community. I believe county commissioners should work for the benefit of the county, not their own interests.

 

My qualifications include:

Seminole County Government

  • Working over 3-½ years for Seminole County’s Economic Development Division;
  • Involved in new business and business expansion projects that were slated to bring into Seminole County more than $197 million in capital investment, 3,355 new, full-time jobs that pay an average annual wage of $52,505, and more than $191 million in total new wages; and
  • After years of the Hispanic Business Initiative Fund (HBIF) trying to seek funding from Seminole County and not receving any, I brought an agenda item to the Board on December 13, 2016, to request $60,000 in funding to the HBIF for bilingual business training and it was approved!

City of Casselberry

  • Working just shy of 6 years for the City of Casselberry’s Economic Development Department;
  • Worked to obtain $400,000 in Brownfields assessment funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which was awarded to assist property owners with having their properties assessed;
  • Obtained $200,000 in petroleum grant funding for cleanup of the Casselberry Police Department; and
  • Played an active part in the purchase of key parcels along U.S. Highway 17-92 to bring forth a freshly, synergized corridor.

Community Service

I have also served on the Casselberry Chamber of Commerce board, the Seminole State College Economic Development Advisory Board, managed the Seminole Economic Development Education Network (SEDEN) during part of my tenure at Seminole County, and was formerly on the Orlando Economic Partnership team. I also support a number of children and animal organizations.

Education

I earned my bachelor’s degree in business administration from Indiana University. Since that time, further education studies include economic development and real estate courses. I hold a current Florida Real Estate Broker license as well. 

 

Family

 

My children Jeremy and Lacie are my pride and joy! My son Jeremy received his AA magna cum laude from Seminole State College, a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UCF, and is working on a master’s degree from Capella in licensed mental health counseling.

In the spring of 2019, my daughter Lacie graduated from Seminole State College with honors magna cum laude and will further her education at Stetson University in the fall to pursue a degree in applied mathematics with an actuarial concentration.

 

 

Hobbies & Interests

Bowling. When I was younger, my grandparents owned a bowling alley, so I spent countless hours “rolling the rock”. As an adult, I have devoted many hours to teaching children how to bowl. More important than technical skills is teaching children about good sportsmanship. They end up winners regardless of their final scores.

Music. I volunteer at a local House of Worship by playing flute and singing in the contemporary choir. I also play piano and can “pinch hit” on baritone. Years ago, my band teacher made me briefly play this very large brass instrument due to having too many flute players.

Animals. Speaking of “pinch hitting”, my family and I are huge Chicago Cubs fans. Our dog is even named Wrigley after Wrigley Field in Chicago. He’s a rescue, as well as our kitten Bandit, who was found in the turn lane at the intersection of Country Club Road and Lake Mary Boulevard. They enjoy chewing furniture, scratching walls, and ruining practically everything in the house.

Put someone on the Seminole County Board of County Commissioners who has the same 20/20 Vision as you.