BS Marine Biology University of West Florida
MS Education/Public Health FSU
MS Management Rollins College
USAF Health Care Administration
Many FEMA Courses
District 3 County Commissioner
Civic Organizations (limit 75 words)
Water Collaborative of Central Florida
Central Receiving Center
Community Action Board
Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board
Citizens Commission for Children
ITN Orlando (Independent Transportation Network
Florida Abolitionists Board of Directors
Lake Eola Charter School Board
Primary Care Access Network,
Aids Resource Alliance
West Orange Health Alliance Board
Health Planning Council of East Central Florida
Hope Now International
United Way 211 Advisory Board
Child Advocacy Center Advisory Board
What are the three top challenges facing the Orange County Commission? Briefly describe how you would address these challenges. (limit 150 words)
Public Safety. I spend significant time with our neighborhoods developing crime prevention strategies. I advocate for essential budgetary resources and will continue to do so. We must assure that our public safety professionals have the finest equipment and we must address wage issues.
Address underlying causes of crime and social issues. I will continue to address the issues of homelessness, human trafficking, abuse, poverty and mental health. These are core drivers of many social and public safety issues. We must target our funds and efforts to eliminate root causes.
Quality of Life. I will continue to advocate for enhancement and growth of Parks. Clean lakes and sustainable water supplies are an imperative. My record is an indicator of my future efforts. I have been, and will continue to be a steward of our environment. I will continue to seek solutions to our transportation problem and its effect on growth issues.
What is your experience working with large budgets, revenue shortfalls, and oversight? (limit 150 words)
For 17 years, as Deputy Director for Health and Human Services I was responsible for budgets exceeding 200 million dollars with 1,000+ employees. There were many instances of reductions and we began the planning for the economic downturn. We never exceeded our budget and never had issues with grants or audits. As a Commissioner I now approve a budget in excess of 3 Billion Dollars annually. I know budgets and how to manage resources. I am not supportive of “gimmicks” and look to allocate resources to services that provide a positive and needed outcome for taxpayers.
What are three things “going right” for Orange County? How will you continue forward progress? (limit 150 words)
We are the envy of many communities as we experience a period of growth and job creation. We live in a desirable community with amenities that attract new residents. Continuing this will require special attention to how we develop and how we offer a lifestyle that will cause our graduates and young entrepreneurs to remain here. In-fill development, transit oriented development and quality of life issues will remain of critical importance.
Tax burdens need to be fair and well managed. Orange County is well managed and financially sound. We must continue to find the right balance that gives our taxpayers confidence in our decisions.
We are beginning to focus resources correctly to address homelessness, trafficking, mental health and other social issues that affect our quality of life. Allowing people to achieve is good public policy. I will continue to focus on this area.