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|About||I want to represent the people of District 24 toward a safer, stronger and more economically sound Ohio.|
I never considered running for politics. In fact, over the past 10 years or so, friends would suggest I run and I would jokingly respond, “I wouldn’t pass the vetting process!” My doubt wasn’t in my background, and certainly not in my desire to serve the people, but having never run for political office, I questioned my patience to actually participate in a campaign, and when in office, the patience to wait for change. The one thing about running that excited me most is the ability to represent the people, to give them a voice and fight for change!
Understanding my past will allow you to understand why running for office is the most important thing I will ever do in my lifetime.
I spent the first 2.5 years of my life in an orphanage, located in Italy. I didn’t have access to much, an environment where I could thrive or to the people who could advocate on my behalf. Eventually I was adopted into an Italian-American family and brought to America where I grew up in a small, ethnic town on the Ohio River where families thrived working in the steel and coal industries, including my parents. For a moment, I no longer felt voiceless, alone and afraid. I now had people in my life who would love me, care for me, and be my first champions. My parents.
Both of my parents worked more than one job to pay the bills and to give my brother and me a good education. I had twelve years of Catholic schooling and graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Journalism/Pubic Relations. During University I held two jobs, one of which was Work Study, completed several internships and relied on grants to help along the way. At an early age, thanks to my parents who wanted better for me than what they had, I understood and practiced good work ethics and never took for granted the opportunity to have a good education.
While I knew I had the knowledge, will and desire to thrive, during my school years I didn’t have access to role models or advocates who could inspire, challenge an
2016-17 Appointed on the Columbus Women’s Commission
Recognized by WELD – Women Welding the Way
2011 Entrepreneur of the Year (Columbus, Ohio - Metropreneur)
SBA’s Women In Business Champion Award
2010 Sunny 95’s Top 20 Women You Should Know in 2010
Forbes and ForbesWoman recognizes DamesBond.com as one of the “top 10 career sites for working women”
2009 Women Business Owners Networking Woman of the Year (National Recognition)