After living in Wisconsin for over twenty years, I have become enamored by it’s beauty, and the people I’ve met. It seems that so many in Wisconsin have someone in their family with a cabin somewhere! I have travelled about the state, camping, hiking, tubing, seeing the Packers play at Lambeau Field, going to various events in different cities, and visiting friends and family. I grew up in Illinois, and later received my Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Northern Illinois University, with an emphasis on African-American history. I moved to Madison after graduating, and found my way into the Developmentally Disabled community. I earned my State of Wisconsin Teaching Certification in Special Education with an emphasis on cognitive disabilities at Wisconsin’s own Edgewood College. For almost two decades, I have been advocating for and serving adults and adolescents with a variety of disabilities, most notably those individuals diagnosed with Autism.
I have met so many wonderful people in this profession, people who have taught me not to judge others, but to be respectful of our differences, and that is what gives me the push to serve the people of Wisconsin as Governor. The mother of a young man diagnosed with Autism (whom I have been proudly serving as a part of his support team for over a decade) had this to say about me:
“You have the compassion, commitment & perseverance to solve our most difficult problems!”
So many dedicated professionals work within this community, and are so often forgotten considering the importance of their work. I have always said that people are either working in the field of Developmental Disabilities for the passion or the paycheck. Those in it for the paycheck do not last long. This campaign is about the passion, and NOT the paycheck. I am very proud to live in Wisconsin, and will work hard as your Governor, as a passionate public servant who represents the people.