My passion and love for Mesa has led me to run for City Council District 4. My entrepreneurial spirit and leadership skills give me the foundation to continue to move Mesa forward.
I’m native to Mesa and spent my childhood on south Hobson, graduating from Mesa High and Mesa Community College. I spent 30 years of my adult life in NE Mesa. In 2009, I craved a change and decided to move to downtown Mesa. My friends and family were concerned - “there’s nothing there, it’s too quiet, it’s the old Mesa, it’s unsafe.” Initially, I rented a place at Drew Lofts and began falling in love with Mesa all over again. It brought back memories of my childhood, I was intrigued with the historic homes and downtown charm. Soon, I was pacing the neighborhoods and found a small 1915 bungalow on W 2nd St. Mesa was no longer just a place to live, it was my home and became my heart.
From that time in 2009, I got involved in my neighborhood and its issues. This led me to co-create “I Believe in Mesa’s Downtown” which eventually became R.A.I.L. (Retail, Arts, Innovation, Livability) in 2013. I also became heavily involved in committees and boards in and around downtown Mesa.
I'm engaged to a wonderful man and photographer, Ivan Martinez. My family roots stem from the Royal Air Force based at Falcon Field during WWII.
My first career was in fashion at Goldwater’s department store. Although I loved fashion (and still do!), I found I didn’t love the business. I returned to MCC in the mid 80’s briefly while competing in bass fishing tournaments. In 1989 I lived in Japan under the invitation of JBTA (Japan’s Bass Tournament Association) to compete and promote the sport. At the end of my tour, I set-up an import/export business, Jef International, Inc. and Lobina Lures, specializing in sport fishing equipment. The business still thrives today and I am blessed with an excellent staff that allows me to spend time in the community.
My dedication to Mesa includes:
R.A.I.L. Founding Board Member
City of Mesa Planning & Zoning Board 2016-2018
Mesa Community College Development Board
Mesa Rotary - Paul Harris Fellow
Mesa Chamber of Commerce
East Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
i.d.e.a Museum Honorary Board Chair
Mesa Community College Hall of Fame Alumni Achievement Award 2015
Mesa Leadership Training and Development class 2012
Mesa Chamber Leadership Development Program 2018
Mesa Fire and Medical Inaugural Citizen's Academy 2018
Flinn-Brown CivEx (Arizona Civic Exchange) Spring 2018
NextDoor.com Lead and Founder for downtown Mesa neighborhoods