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About April

I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from San Francisco State College.  During my college years I took time out and traveled to Europe and lived in Greece for a year. I also took a summer, while I was doing graduate studies, to work on an archeological dig in El Salvador.  Soon after I moved to Seattle in 1980.

While in Seattle I became involved with NOW and was president of the local chapter for a couple of years and worked with my neighborhood councils on various urban issues. I started my career in shipping and ended up with the largest shipping company in the world.  In 1986, I brought my adopted daughter home from India. A couple of years later I was promoted to a position in England and worked there for 18 months before being transferred to Australia. I was manager for my state in both Queensland and then New South Wales. I stayed for 8 years and then returned to Seattle.

Back in Seattle, I again became involved with my neighborhood council and was on the board for 10 years. Through the Fremont Neighborhood Council, I worked with a non-profit in Seattle to erect a 20 unit affordable housing building. 

I worked in various import/export/shipping positions until starting work in non-profit management. I ended my career at the Greater Seattle Business Association, the largest LGBTQ business association in the country. While there I managed a scholarship program for LGBTQ youth, along with their other events and meetings.

I decided to retire and move to Florida in 2012. I traveled around the east and west coasts of Florida and decided Gulfport was my place. I wanted a walkable, beachy, welcoming and inclusive community and I found it! I love my home on Wood Ibis Park and have come to love all the wildlife. I have been active on the Pink Flamingo Home Tour practically from my arrival and now co-chair it. I have been a Getgo driver and worked in the Welcome Center, as well as working with Gulfport Neighbors on some events.

I regularly attend City Council meetings, enabling me to keep up with all the local issues.  My goal is to keep this community thriving while maintaining its unique character.  It is this character that drew many of us to move here and what keeps us here. So please share your concerns for our city with me.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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