In 2012 I relocated from Louisiana to California to take a job at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System. Fortunately, during the house hunting process I was training for a marathon and met a group of women in a running group who live in our mountain community and strongly encouraged me to move to this area. I am so thankful that I followed their advice and ended up in such a wonderful community.
I have two children who attended Loma Prieta School and who are now at C. T. English. I have had the opportunity to volunteer in Loma classrooms for Project Cornerstone. I am thankful for those experiences and for the opportunity to get to know some of the children and educators at our schools.
I have been married to my husband, Jerry Mills, for 19 years. We both work have worked in the Veteran’s Hospital System for approximately 18 years. I have been a licensed clinical social worker since the year 2000. For the last decade I have specialized in working with people with serious mentally illnesses helping them to build skills and re-enter the community.
In my early career, I volunteered at a children’s grief center for several years and was also a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Volunteer. I travelled to North Carolina and New York City for national disasters and provided mental health services to Red Cross volunteers and victims of the national disasters.
I am currently the Program Manager of the Civility Respect and Engagement Program at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System.
I am joining the school board because I love this mountain community and I would like to volunteer my time to ensure that my children and the other children attending our schools continue to receive the best education, both academically and emotionally, to become the best students and well-rounded community leaders they can be. Thank you for this opportunity.