I grew up on our family farm in Guttenberg, IA, with my two sisters and brother. After going to our local public high school and graduating from Ellsworth Community College, I worked as a live-in supervisor in a group home for persons with intellectual disabilities and then went on to be special education teaching assistant at Iowa public schools, including at the Clinton School District.
As a Clinton County Medicaid case manager, I worked every day to ensure families and children had the resources they needed to live healthy lives. I currently work at the local Salvation Army, building its Pathway of Hope program, which helps people who are struggling to make ends meet. I have also served on the YWCA Board of Directors in Clinton for the past 8 years working with victims of sexual assault and domestic abuse.
I currently live in Clinton with my husband, Jack Robinson III. Our son Colin is attending the University of Iowa, studying to be a teacher. I also have two stepchildren, Sarah who is a nurse in Cedar Falls, and John, who was a major in the Air Force and just got home from Afghanistan.
At the time of Medicaid privatization, I saw first hand the impact of the decisions made by politicians that are not working with the local community. It is clear to me that we need state leaders who are focused on working to find real solutions to problems Iowa families and children face every day.
I am running for Iowa Senate because I have spent my career working with Iowans that are left behind because the system doesn't work for them, and its time for things to change. I hope you can join me, so we can bring opportunity and progress to everyday Iowans.