In a home with both parents being city workers, I did not need to be taught the value of unions. I saw it in the peace of mind job stability, safe working conditions, fair wages and secure pensions brought my parents. My firefighter dad and public school secretary mom taught us about the duty of service and gave us the understanding that all should do their part. I’m stepping up now to do my part to create the union we need Local 73 to be. I have worked as an Occupational Therapist for the past 30 years. Occupational Therapists are trained to analyze tasks, break them down into steps, and figure out the most efficient way to achieve a goal. Goal setting, problem solving, and decision making are core skills for Occupational Therapists. 30 years doing this work, helping people to reach their goals and live lives of value prepares me perfectly to be a leaders at Local 73. Being able to listen to members, pinpoint issues, achieve goals and solve problems is what I do best. I’m honored to be considered for the Vice President position from UIC and will work tirelessly creating an empowered membership.