Growing up in Romania under communist rule, as a child I dreamed of escaping such an oppressive regime. Remembering my mother getting up at 4 a.m. everyday to stand in line at stores for hours in order to get us food and supplies makes me thankful for what we have in America. My grandparents told stories of how the communist came to our land and took away all their rights, guns and property. My great grandfather was even shot in his own restaurant, just so the soldiers could eat and drink without having to pay.
I was able to go to college where I met my husband, Victor. He later attempted to escape Romania. but was caught and luckily released. We were married our senior year on the day of the Revolution. A year later we both received our engineering degrees. A few years after the Revolution, in 1995, we were very fortunate to win the very first year’s lottery to receive visas to America. What a miracle!
Victor and I came to America with our baby and 3 suitcases. Setting down one suitcase to hold my baby, someone stole it. We had no money but managed to find jobs, worked day and night, learned to live on a shoestring budget. and even managed to save enough money to come to the Northwest. Even though we both had engineering degrees, they were not honored here and we both went back to school and worked our way through it, to get the necessary education to achieve better jobs to improve our lives. In 2000 we both became proud American citizens.
Today we own a home in Lynnwood, have a daughter, Georgiana, who received an AA degree from Lake Washington Institute and attended Eastern Washington University, and a son, Daniel, who will be a senior at E-Learning Academy in Lynnwood. Victor is an engineering tech at Astronics AES, Inc. and I am a 20 year employee at Northwest Hospital.
I enjoy nature and am a member of the Snohomish County Mycological Society, and my family enjoys hiking, star gazing and spending time together. Our home is always a hub of visiting teenagers.
I am very active in politics in my community. Like you, I see some of our rights fading, capitalism under attack and taxation so burdensome that it breaks people. Understanding life without the God given Rights affirmed by our Constitution, drives my resolve to ensure American values and rights remain, and I promise to fight for this in Olympia.
Education: Engineering Degree in Animal Sciences (University of Applied Life Sciences and Environment, Iasi – Romania), Certified Nursing Assistant Degree (CAN Institute); AA degree in Health Information Technology (Shoreline Community College); Supervisory Development Program (Swedish Medical Center)
Professional Experience: Director/teacher Christian Kindergarten, Vaslui/Romania – 1991-1993; Interpreter/English 1992-1995; CNA, Crista – 1996 – 1997; CNA, Vencor Hospital – 1997; CNA/Medical Records Clerk, Northwest Hospital – 1998-2001; Medical Records Lead, Summit Cardiology/Northwest Hospital – 2001-present; Business owner/Administrator, Avionics Communication Systems – 2008-2010
Political Experience: Delegate for WA State during 2012 election; Constitutional Rights Activist; Precinct Committee Officer (2 terms); Active in many political campaigns.
Community Service: Youth hiking organizer; Dirty needle clean-up projects