I was born and raised in Longview as was our whole family, my grandfather was the main contractor of the Hotel Monticello. My business career started at a very young age of 14. I purchased an old Model A that had been made into a popcorn wagon, it was located outside the old Kelso Theater. The truck was hauled up to our home, I continued to sell popcorn to the neighborhood, then took on July 4th at the lake which brought on Bingo night at the Elks, high school games and also sold for many parties, I earned enough money to purchase my own cars throughout high school. By doing this I learned how to manage money, keep track of supplies and use a bank account. My parents were very supportive of my business dreams.
I graduated from Mark Morris High with a scholarship to business college, went on to Lower Columbia College in Business. Out of college I went to work in the Credit Union Field for years starting as a teller, worked my way up to teller supervisor, loan officer, collection manager and assistant manager of the credit union. I worked for a small accounting firm as a Secretary then, worked at St John/PeaceHealth as a Coordinator, Administrative Secretary and Customer Service Trainer. I have worked off and on at both Kelso and Longview School District as a Secretary. During my careers I went to school to receive my Life, Disability and Annuities Insurance License which I had for 14 years.
My Husband Mike, a retired Longview Fireman has worked seasonal for Opsahl Dawson for 25 years, so I have always been in the know of the accounting business. I joined the team this year as a seasonal Administrative person. We have a vacation home in Green Valley Arizona that we are looking forward to after Tax season. We have a couple darling grandchildren and two furry cat friends. We spend a lot of time with and enjoy summers, camping, kayaking, golfing, I also love to cook.