A Lifetime of Service

Starting my life in 1964 on Reese Air Force Base, in Lubbock, my family already felt the call of service.   Four years later we were called to move to Craig Air Force Base in Alabama and we moved when called several times.  Finishing my grade school education in Wichita Falls, I then attended Midwestern State University, graduating in 1986 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology with Significant studies in Military Science (ROTC Program).

After graduation, I was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army as an Engineer Officer, and served at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia.   Then, I was stationed for 3 years’ active service in Germany. 

Upon returning to Texas, I joined the U.S. Army Reserves 75th Division, Houston, Texas and began full time employment in the research science field at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and then at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

I was deployed for a year in support of the 1st Cavalry Division to Bosnia-Herzegovinia. This deployment required me to be the officer for all combat equipment in the theatre of operations which included 6 billion dollars of military assets.
In 2006 when our neighborhood flooded from a storm, I felt a call to action, to service, when I saw a problem not being addressed.  I became aware of organizing of like minds. This opened my eyes to how a community can better itself if people work together.  Attending city council meetings and voicing my concerns about local issues, I quickly realized that the city was reluctant to hear my concerns.  No one wants to think their government ignores them or worse, cuts off their ability to speak.

My focus has always been to ensure a voice is given to the voiceless. I am a strong believer in the 1st Amendment Right of free speech. Dialogue and discussion of issues is a fundamental step in helping the community identify problems and work through those issues to bring about effective change.
I strongly support community organizing and the right of workers to organize to ensure fair wages, proper training, and safety offered to our skilled labor force. 

As an officer in the military, it was my primary responsibility to ensure the soldiers who served with me were respected for their service to the country, that they were properly trained and treated fairly. I have that same approach today as I interact with citizens within the community and my work life.

Will you help me continue this work and support me for candidate for City Council District B?  Your support is necessary and your financial support will help me fight to bring a voice to those who feel as I did, voiceless, to the Pasadena City Council.