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Rachel was born and raised in Sequim and lived here until 2009. She met her husband in 2010. Their first date was on July 1, 2010 and they were married later that same year on September 29, 2010 and moved back to Sequim from Tacoma in 2011. They have three children, ages 10, 8 and almost 3!
Education: Sequim High School, Associate's in Accounting from Kaplan University, Associates of Business Administration from Peninsula College. I'm also thinking about getting an Associate's in Ecotourism and Hospitality and a Bachelor's in Applied Management, both from Peninsula College. I may also want a Bachelor's in Human Services.
Employment: Certificate of Municipal Leadership from Association of Washington Cities (March 2021), Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership from Association of Washington Cities (May 2021), Peninsula College President's Medal for Scholarly Excellence (June 2021).
Volunteer Work/Military Service: Head Start Policy Council Chairperson (2018 to present), Head Start Policy Council Finance Chair (2017-2018), Olympic Community Action Programs Board Member (March 2020 to present), Peninsula College's Business and Leadership Skills Club President (March 2020 to November 2021), Sequim Education Foundation Board Member (September 2020 to present), Washington State Association of Head Start and ECEAP Parent Ambassador (Jan 2021 to present), Sequim Farmer's and Artisan's Market (May 2021 to present).
Hobbies/Interests: All kinds! Digital art/graphic design, mandala artwork, painting, crocheting, spinning wool, playing video games with my family and solo, long walks, hiking, spending time with nature, helping others, listening and mediating. Hearing anyone's life story has become a new favorite interest. I love hearing their background and careers and learning how that has shaped their lifetime so far!
What I love about Sequim and what I hope to contribute/accomplish as a city council member: I might be biased because I've lived in Sequim most of my life! I love Sequim because it's beautiful. It's the place that I've experienced the most hardship and struggles, but also the place where I have felt supported by the community, mentally and emotionally! I hope to contribute my perspective as a low-income parent, representing other low-income people and families. As a city council member, I hope to make a positive impact on the people of Sequim.