Education/training: Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Organizational Management; currently pursuing an Ed.D. degree in Organizational Leadership
Career highlights: Promoted to sergeant in 1992; promoted to lieutenant in 1996; served as the Arizona representative for the National Center for Women and Policing, 1997–1998; participant in the Hispanic Leadership Institute, Arizona State University, 1999; completed the Administrative Officer’s Course at the Southern Police Institute, at the University of Louisville in 2003; received the City of Glendale Ethic’s Program Award in 1999.
On the job/ valuable learning experience: I learn something every day during my interactions with the fine women and men of the Glendale Police Department and the citizens of Glendale. I started my career in communications and I’ve worked in a variety of positions throughout the Department. I have come to recognize that everyone has something to share and we can all learn from each other. I’ve had the opportunity to attend formal leadership training, both locally and through a three-month course in Kentucky, and I try to apply those guiding principles in leadership and be a role model to the next generation of women and men in law enforcement. I enjoy being able to share what I’ve learned over the years, both with the women and men of the Police Department and as an adjunct faculty member at Glendale Community College.
How do you balance your career and personal life: I believe, and stress to the women and men I work with, that family is the foundation for everything else, and that it is important to strive every day toward maintaining a balance. I am blessed with seven grandchildren that keep me centered! I also enjoy activities such as hiking, swimming and reading non-fiction books in my spare time, which is quite limited since I decided to return to school and pursue my doctoral degree.
Why did you decide to pursue this career? Coming from a family background of law enforcement (my father is retired DPS), I have always been interested in policing and the challenges that this occupation presents on a daily basis.
Advice to others considering serving our community: Working with citizens within my community is very rewarding and has helped my personal and professional growth. It’s a wonderful chance to learn how to motivate others in a positive way, become a leader and give back to the community and feel good about it!