I have lived in Hendersonville for 23 years. My husband, Rick, and I have been married for 25 years and have raised our two sons here. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Arkansas and worked in the nursing profession for many years.
When our oldest son was born weighing 1 pound 5 ounces our lives instantly changed. The Americans with Disabilities Act was just a few years old, so navigating the world of disabilities was new to everyone. Having a medically fragile child that we knew would also have intellectual disabilities, I quickly learned that I had to advocate for my child for services and support. When our son entered the school system, my career took a back seat because special education laws are complex. I quickly educated myself on the Individual with Disabilities Education Act to ensure our son received the most appropriate, least restrictive education. I continue today helping other parents advocate for their children.
I never intended for my voice to be used for any purpose other than our son. However, since the the 2016 election I have become more involved in community activism when important healthcare mandates were threatened by this current administration.