I was born in Galesburg, Ill. and spent my early years in Garrison Keillor’s Anoka, Minn. My family moved to California when I was 13, and I graduated from Pleasant Hill High School. When I was old enough to move out, I chose Martinez as my home because it reminded me of the small Midwestern towns where I grew up. My son was born in Martinez 25 years ago, and I still live in the house we moved into when he was a year old.

Before I came to Shell eight years ago, I worked for the Contra Costa Times for 10 years, and did stints at the Orange County Register and Oakland Tribune. I did historic research for Jim Rawls’ (aka Dr. History) KNBR radio program in the early ’90s and worked for former California State Assemblyman Johan Klehs when he chaired the California Board of Equalization.

Before I was hired by Shell, I was a member of its Community Advisory Panel (CAP) for 12 years. Today, I am a board member of Meals on Wheels, Community Violence Solutions, Martinez Community Foundation and Main Street Martinez. I am a proud Martinez Kiwanian and was the first person to serve two consecutive terms as its president.

I enjoy live music in its many forms and hunting for agates at Lake Superior. I love the Southwest, antiques, architecture, archaeology, history, art, reading and gardening. I am passionate about Martinez. If you have ideas for how we can improve the community through our volunteer efforts, drop me a line, or flag me down in Safeway or on Main Street.

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Martinez Refinery

Shell Martinez refines and markets gasoline and petroleum products under the Shell brand name throughout the west and northern midwest.