When I was first asked to serve on this board I wondered, why me? I was a new mom and had just put my teaching career on hold to raise a family. What did I have to give the Urban Renewal Agency? Well, I gladly accepted my appointment and reminded myself that I do have a lot to offer. I am an Evanston native and I am invested in this community with endless hours of volunteer work and monetary donations. I care about Evanston and its future. I want this community to prosper and I want my children to be proud of their hometown and to believe in giving back to meaningful organizations. I believe in downtown preservation and revitalization and the National Main Street Approach. The City of Evanston has a rich history and a brilliant future. I simply want to help preserve and promote.