Elected to Johnson City Commissioner in 2005; served as Vice-Mayor from 2007-2008; held the office of Mayor Dec 18, 2008 to May 2011; currently in second 4yr term serving as commissioner.
Boards current & past service
Tri-Cities Airport Commission (current)
Johnson City Commission/Washington County Commission; Johnson City Senior Citizens board; Johnson City Public Library Board; Johnson City/Washington County Area Chamber Executive committee and chairman of foundation board; Tennessee Municipal League, 1st District Chair; National League of Cities – Women in Government Committee
Past President and chairman
American Heart Association; Johnson City Symphony Orchestra ; Johnson City Area Arts Council ; Johnson City/Washington County Area Chamber;.
Also served on Public Building Authority; Monday Club Auxiliary, Chamber Youth Leadership, St Mary's Church boards, First Tennessee Development District board, Junior Achievement and Junior League of Johnson City.
Initiatives and recognitions
Co-founder of a city-wide, award-winning health initiative, “Up & At 'Em!” – (which received several state wide awards including the Governor's “Shining Star Award” ; and the 2007 Havlick Award for Innovation in local government ) – and the highly successful Thanksgiving morning “Turkey Trot Family 5K Race and Family Fun Walk,” a direct programming result of Up and at Em. Also initiated the “Fit to Play” camp at the Parks and Recreation summer playground program; assisted with the development of the “Color My World Healthy” with Medical Library of East Tennessee State University at Carver Recreation Center.
Created for more open government during her mayoral term held “Tuesday Talks” and morning coffee with the mayor at the JC Public Library; initiated “Day of Service” cleanup projects with local business, churches. Developed and held an Employment Information Workshop to assist local citizens in employment pursuits and career opportunities.
Recipient of the Johnson City, Jonesborough, Washington County Area Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Award for 2008.
Former Small Business Owner- BOTH COMPANIES SOLD
Jane's Lunch Box restaurant and catering and Black Tie Formal Wear
University of Tennessee, Knoxville B.S. Home Economics, Institutional Administration; Graduate of University of Tennessee Government Leadership Program, 2006; Johnson & Wales Culinary Institute, Charleston, SC ; Continuing Education Studies