New Leadership Delivering Results for Our Community
I am one of eight children from a loving and compassionate family.
From my grandmother's involvement with the NAACP to my parents founding a school to enhance skills of Delaware's workforce or my own support for disaster relief efforts and community outreach, I come from a long line of dedicated public servants.
I spent the early part of my childhood in the Baltimore suburbs, living generally without a care. My life would change dramatically though when my father became ill, requiring expensive medical treatment at the same time that his business partner fled to Canada with all of the company funds.
It was during this period that I learned a lesson that too many Americans know: life is hard, and it can turn on a dime. Our family lost all of our possessions and countless friends. I can vividly remember my dollhouse being auctioned off during that time. But we had each other, and sought refuge in Delaware, where we would rebuild our lives.
Sussex County received my family with open arms. We were judged by our neighbors by our perseverance, not our hardship. I like to think that is truly The Delaware Way.
That experience is why it’s so important that our State Treasurer is a good steward of taxpayer money – we owe it to Delawareans to protect their investment in their government.
I was fortunate enough to graduate from college a year early and finish my graduate degree two years later. I began practicing medicine in Delaware and have been dedicated to the viability of Delawareans ever since.
When my father faced a second serious illness, I got an acute sense of some of the challenges our health care system faces – both on the provider and patient sides. My father has made a full recovery, but the experience prompted me to begin a health care consulting business.
As a consultant for major hospital systems, I know what it takes to develop sustainability amid an ever-changing economic landscape. I’ve gained an understanding of the complexities of creating economic growth on a large scale, realizing efficiencies, improving quality-of-care, and increasing viability – all while never losing focus on meeting the needs of the public.
I have also volunteered on a variety of service trips, most recently in 2015. After Nepal was struck by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in April 2015, I went as a physician's assistant to help people affected near Kathmandu.
My personal background and professional experience has allowed me to uniquely understand the challenges faced by people and stakeholders of all backgrounds. As Treasurer, I can cultivate honest, trusting relationships that allow me to serve as a conduit between Delawareans and policy makers to ensure our financial planning puts people first.
Because Delawareans deserve a budget and economy that are strong long-term, but also protect the taxpayer and prioritize the interests of Main Street over Wall Street. That’s what I’ll fight for if you elect me Treasurer on November 6th.