We purchased our home in Millville in 2014 and became full time residents after retiring in 2016. From the outset, I knew that I wanted to be an engaged member of this amazing community.
I began my involvement in our community of Bishops Landing by serving on various committees. Prior to that, I was the chairperson of the Common Grounds and Ponds Committee for 2 years. I also chaired the Landscape and Irrigation Committee for 2 years. Through these committees, I became more involved in our HOA. I am currently on the Bishop’s Landing HOA Board of Directors and have served on the board for 3 years.
Prior to our life in Millville, DE, from 2004-2016, I worked as a Horticultural Inspector for the State of New York. While working for the State, I became involved in the PEF (Public Employees Federation) Union, where I served as a Steward for 6 years and as a Union Council Leader for 2 terms or 4 years. I was responsible for our Division of Agriculture and Markets which consisted of 575 members.
For 38 years prior to my State employment, I worked in the Horticultural Industry. For 25 years I served as the General Manager for several large nurseries and garden centers. As the General Manager, I was responsible for developing and adhering to yearly budgets, setting, and achieving sales goals, and preparing proposals for many municipalities. I was responsible for maintaining and training sales and labor forces of up to 25 people.
I chaired the Budget Advisory Committee for the Wantagh Public Schools District in Long Island, New York. We were responsible for reviewing the district’s proposed budget line by line and coming up with recommendations as needed. The school district’s budget was $68 million per year and the committee consisted of 40-60 district residents.
I have an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Ornamental Horticulture and have been in the horticultural industry for 50 years. My background and experiences make me uniquely qualified to serve this community that I now call home.