I graduated with a masters degree in journalism from DePaul University in 2010. I fell for the journalism field when I covered the World Boxing Championships in 2007, which indirectly led to an invitation to work for the U.S. Olympic Committee at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. I was also the editor of the center spread section of The DePaulia, DePaul's student-run newspaper for one year, and Editor in Chief for one year. I've earned awards in features design, in-depth reporting and news reporting for my work on The DePaulia and was honored for student achievement in DePaul's graduate program.
I love the outdoors. I love hiking whenever possible and have run three half marathons. I love golf and waterskiing, and played soccer for a state champion team in high school and DePaul's club team for three years. I enjoy being around and/or watching all sports—and am a huge fan of the Detroit Red Wings.
I'm artsy. I love the Beatles, Elvis and Saturday Night Live, circa Mike Myers.
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I grew up in a family of conservatives and feel I lean toward conservative economic beliefs and liberal social beliefs. I've never contributed to any political campaign.
Local Hot-Button Issues
I think economic development is at the top of the list. Wheaton has a tremendous opportunity to become a destination for spenders in the western suburbs.
I also believe in quality education and the importance of choosing a community that will cultivate its young people to someday understand, and continue, the value of excellence in education.
Where do you stand on each of these issues?
I hope to see downtown Wheaton boom in the next few years. I think the Wheaton Grand Theater could become a regional destination for supporters of the arts, and that Mariano's Fresh Market will be a boost to the local economy.
I think the results the schools have delivered with its teachers, awards, graduates' successes and testing speak for themselves.