I am running for Bethel Park Municipal Council in Ward 2. Changes are coming to Bethel Park Council as three long-time councilmembers are not seeking re-election. While I am thankful for their time and commitment to our community, I am ready to bring fresh perspectives and an independent voice to our municipality. As a professional, wife and mother, I will bring a unique view to council that is needed to continue to progress Bethel Park into the future.
I moved to Bethel Park 7 years ago as a single mom, and although it was at the top of my budget, I knew it was the right choice because of the opportunities it could provide my daughter, Abby, and me. Since living here, I met my husband, Jason, and together we moved to Ward 2, knowing it was a great place to raise our blended family.
Transparent and proactive communication is imperative, and I am committed to providing that. Our residents want and deserve to be a part of our municipal government. I will provide a multi-pronged communication strategy to meet our residents’ needs. I will utilize social media and email correspondence, but also provide other mediums so that we are making sure we are reaching as many folks as possible. Office hours and quarterly town halls are two ways I look forward to exploring. This will allow you to ask questions or discuss concerns with me and others in an open forum. Continuing to build out our Recreation Department is a key initiative for me. Not only do we need to make sure we are providing robust programs and services to our residents, but we need to make sure they are accessible. When I first moved to Bethel Park, many of the camps offered by the municipality that I wanted to send my daughter to were simply out of my budget. This drives me to want to think of creative ways we can provide opportunities for ALL residents, so they will want to continue to call Bethel Park home. I am also supportive of the Municipality’s Active Transportation Plan and will work hard to progress that forward while on Council. Having a well-connected community that is safe for our residents is essential and will be attractive to perspective residents and businesses.
In my professional life, I work for a global cyber-security company as an Account Manager. I work with a cross-functional team to find solutions to our customers’ needs and help protect them against cyber criminals. For the past 2 years, I have also been a lead on our Women’s Employee Inclusion Group. In this role, I help facilitate programs and communications for our members. As a woman in a male-dominated industry, it is incredibly rewarding to work with women and men in our organization to elevate women while also providing support and resources.
I consider public service to be an absolute privilege and it is not something that I take lightly. If given the opportunity to serve Ward 2 and Bethel Park, I will use my lived experiences, professional history and my ability to work with folks of various backgrounds to continue to make Bethel Park a great place to call home.