- Position sought: Milwaukee County Comptroller
- Address: 4020 S 76 St., Milwaukee
- Family: My family and I live on Milwaukee's Southwest side. My husband and I have been married for 15 years and we have a 13-year-old daughter. Our family also includes three beagles.
- Education: I have a MBA with certification in Accounting and Project Management and a BA with majors in Accounting and Business Administration. I am a licensed CPA and am also certified as a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).
I am a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Wisconsin Institute of CPAs and the National Society of Accountants. As a member of these groups and as a practicing CPA, I keep up my education because laws change constantly. In the last two years, I have earned 220 continuing education credits. I am dedicated to keeping current on all aspects of my profession.
- Occupation: Controller at Procorp Enterprises, LLC.
- Related experience: Currently, I am the Controller of an engineering firm that is located in Wauwatosa. I am also the owner of my own small CPA company that offers financial consulting, software consulting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and financial reporting for individuals and small businesses. In the past, I have worked as a Senior Accountant, Accountant, and Senior Staff Accountant. I am also certified to teach graduate and undergraduate accounting and finance at University of Phoenix.
Why are you running for this office?
As a lifelong resident and taxpayer in Milwaukee County, I have seen many things that have caused me concern. We have had scandals, corruption, and accusations of misdeeds. We have witnessed the dissent between the legislative and executive branches of our government over the numbers. These events have caused a general distrust of county government, whether it’s deserved or not. When the idea of a Comptroller was announced, I was supportive of the position because I like the independence that the City Comptroller provides.
After the position was signed into law, I decided to run because this is somewhere that I can have an impact. I can use my experience and qualifications to provide the independent financial guidance that can help to rebuild Milwaukee County.
What will be your single most important priority if you get elected?
I see the lack of trust in the numbers as a significant financial problem. I believe that the initial priority has to be starting to rebuild trust. I want to "open the books" to the taxpayers; providing them with transparency so we can restore trust in our county government. I want to provide independent and accurate financial data to the county board and the executive. Then they can begin to have confidence that everyone is using the same unbiased numbers.
Establishing that trust will allow the Office of the Comptroller to move forward with offering solutions and ideas to improve county finances, and have them met with honest consideration.
What sets you apart from the other candidate?
I bring with me objectiveness and independence. I have not been ingrained in the county’s status-quo. I have no allegiances to any county offices and promise to be accountable to taxpayers.
I look forward to starting with a clean slate and bringing creative ideas, like those that have brought me success in the business world, to the county.