Shakopee is a growing and thriving city that has passionate citizens who care about the welfare of their community. Having called Shakopee home for the last 14 years, I can say that I have the determination to grow Shakopee responsibly and with respect to the core traditions of the community.
I am a loving mother of three children ages 18, 14 & 6; a successful Shakopee business woman whose business, I Zen Spa, was named 2012 Small Business of the Year and Nominated for the Minnesota Business Ethics Award for 2013; and Treasurer of the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce and Visitors’ Bureau. I have served on the Business Relations Committee of the Saints Foundation which is a partnership of St. Francis Medical Center and St. Gertrude’s. I can say with absolute certainty that I understand the value of money and how a balanced budget and responsible growth are important not only in our lives but in our government as well.
In being a member of this community and the service my husband’s family has given to their community, I have learned what an important role we all must play in guiding the city into where we want it to go.
o Membership at St. Joachim & Anne; serving as a lector, sub lector and volunteer with Julifest.
o Mentored couples with Engaged Encounter through Sioux Falls Diocese
o Active as a parent-volunteer in the SACS Marathon and Book Fair
o Member of the National Catholic Society of Foresters court #543 Shakopee
o Volunteer at Derby Days; 5k, Bingo, etc
Five years ago Jon & I opened our business, I Zen Spa, in Shakopee. Although we could have opened our business anywhere, we felt that having our business in Shakopee mirrored our core values. In owning a business, I have learned how important city government can be in protecting my business interests as well as my personal interests as a citizen.
My goals as a Shakopee City Council member would be to re-energize our downtown. I plan to work with the existing businesses and potential new businesses to create a destination for both locals and tourists. I will recognize and work with the diverse citizens of Shakopee. I believe we should be recognizing not only the cultural diversity but the economic diversity in our city. I've enjoyed watching our city, as well as my business, grow within the last four years. I am excited to promote the growth of this beautiful city to its fullest potential while making sure we grow responsibly. We are proud of our community and I wish to continue that proud tradition. I believe I bring a unique perspective and a level of diversity to the council that accurately represents the diversity of our city.