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The Buffalo News invited school board candidates to provide a statement about why they are running for office.

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I have chosen to run for the Starpoint School Board, because I am passionate about giving back to the district and community that has served me, both as a student from kindergarten through graduation, coupled with my three sons who currently attend Starpoint.

Also, I would like to find out more about the education system. I see many opportunities in the face of continued cuts in education for our school district. As a leader in our local health care community, I am faced with similar challenges in how to run a large hospital system with greater efficiency at a lesser cost.

I would love to have the opportunity to be able to apply my knowledge within our school district and be a part of an exciting time for innovative thinking in education.

I have 3 top priorities if elected:

• Would be to find a way to balance financial cuts with keeping taxes in line—I have many ideas, as I am responsible for over 100 million dollars in my current position

• Anti-bullying program that teaches leadership for children, for continued life success, in addition to teaching self worth and self pride to every student—thoughts on keeping this low cost is to utilize graduate students from local colleges who are in leadership or education programs

• Extra curricular activities for all students whether it be athletics, arts, academic clubs to produce well rounded students—I also have ideas on how to keep this within budget constraints

I am a member of:

• New York State Nurse Executives/American Organization of Nurse Executives

• Sigma Theta Tau—Community Nurse Leader

• University at Buffalo Undergraduate Nursing Committee