I was born on Main Street to Margaret and Butch Martin. I grew up in the Shumway neighborhood and attended Lincoln Elementary, then Our Lady of Lourdes School, while my mother ran a childcare business from our home. I went on to attend Hudson’s Bay High School where I was a varsity athlete and honor student while my parents started an ornamental metal company which they still operate locally today. I balanced school, sports and working in my family’s construction business, graduating in 1991.
After graduating from high school, I joined the U.S. Army and served six years, which included a combat tour in Bosnia. After returning to the states and civilian life, I attended college at Portland State University, and earned a Master’s degree in Urban Planning.
For the past 14 years, I have worked for the City of Camas, and served the public as an Urban Planner. As a single mother of two, I deeply understand the challenges of balancing family with work, while still contributing to my community.
I am passionate about supporting the Vancouver community. I donate my time, and skills learned from my family’s ornamental metal construction business, to support community projects such Habitat for Humanity and the Pomegranate Center. I served six years on the Clark County Historic Preservation Commission, with my last year as Chair. I am an active member of the Honor Guard for the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). I also donate my time to fundraisers for non-profit organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Special Olympics, the National Kidney Foundation, the Human Rights Campaign, and Friends of Trees.
Basic Training, US Army Fort Jackson, SC
Foreign language training, Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA;
Military Intelligence training at Fort Huachuca, AZ;
Stationed with the 197th Military Intelligence Battalion at Kelley Barracks, Darmstadt, Germany. This duty station provided me many opportunities to train with soldiers from Germany, France, Italy, Britain, Scotland, Hungary, Poland, Albania, Austria, etc.
September 1995 I transferred to the 82nd Rear Tactical Operation Center, Oregon Army National Guard
Deployed in Oregon during the flooding of 1996.
Deployed with NATO Operation Stabilization Force in Croatia in January 1997 and returned home in August. I was honorably discharged in November 1997.
Chair, Clark County Historic Preservation Commission – 2018 to 2019
Commissioner - June 2013 to 2018
I work to preserve the unique and valuable history of Vancouver while volunteering on the Clark County Historic Preservation Commission. Last year the Commission was presented with an award for Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation, under the category of education.
From the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation website:
"Clark County Historic Preservation Commission will be honored for their successful outreach to the public about heritage and preservation in innovative and engaging ways. This included panel discussions on the local television station; developing a mobile app highlighting historic places across the county; plus an ambitious agenda to be directly involved in special events, organizations, and local decision-makers throughout Clark County."
President, Camas Public Employees Association – 2012 to 2018
I was recruited to hold the president position by membership and was elected to three consecutive, two-year terms. I worked to ensure compliance with fair labor practices, collective bargaining and representing fellow employees.
President, SW Washington Section of the American Planning Association – 2017 to present
I support and plan opportunities for professional development for planners in this region by serving on the board of SW WA American Planning Association since 2009. She currently serves as President and is a certified planner.
Crew Leader, Pomegranate Center
This organization strives to make neighborhoods more livable, sustainable, just and socially engaged. Their work is based on the core values of strong communities of place, collective creativity, and multiple victories where the best ideas solve more than one problem at the same time. (pomegranatecenter.org). I volunteered on projects are located in Seattle and Prescott, Washington.
Vice Chair of Board of Directors, College Housing NW – 1998 to 2001
Implemented an inaugural sustainability program as the policy for management and development of affordable student housing. This non-profit organization was founded in 1969 by students to support students in the areas of housing, academic success and personal development.
SENIOR PLANNER, 2005–Present
City of Camas – Camas, WA
I serve as key Senior Planner responsible for performing professional planning and development work with land use, current/long range planning, zoning, environmental impacts and other related activities. Role requires extensive interaction with stakeholders within the municipality, outside agencies, and public as well as management of multi-disciplinary project teams of individuals and consultants.
Notable Project Efforts:
Comprehensive Plan Update – Managed the cover-to-cover update of the City’s Comprehensive Plan (20 year) for compliance with the state’s Growth Management Act. This two-year endeavor included a two-phased effort balancing the products of stakeholders, conducting extensive public meetings and reporting ongoing work to decision makers to craft the living document.
Shoreline Master Plan Program Update – Lead the multiple years of coordination with the city-county coalition team and stakeholder groups to successfully update the City’s high profile Shoreline Master Plan.
Economic Development of North Dwyer Creek (Industrial Area and Business Park) – Collaborated with multiple property owners and business leaders of ~700 acres of industrially-zoned land to redesign a master planned area that was first adopted in 1999, to better suit the current market and development demands of the area. Negotiated with key property owners in regard to dividing their land, which included dedicating an essential segment of the future through street, and allow for more developable sized properties.
CONSTRUCTION COST ESTIMATOR, 2004–2005
Rider Hunt Levett & Bailey – Portland, OR
Rider Levett Bucknall (now RLB) is a leading independent organization for cost management and quantity surveying, project management and property/construction advisory services. With operations on five continents with 120 offices and 3,500 personnel. I served as an estimator responsible for conceptually building projects; pulling all necessary components and costing together with all trade disciplines in an accurate manner to anticipate all costs and assure complete scope coverage.
VICE PRESIDENT / LEAD ESTIMATOR, 1997–2003
Decorative Metal Services – Vancouver, WA
Decorative Metal Services is a local, woman-owned and operated business focused on decorative and architectural metal solutions for interior & exterior of buildings. After returning from the military and while pursuing a college degree, I joined the family business to assist with operations and serve as Lead Estimator to help the company through a challenging transition period. Managed three estimators and held responsibility for providing all estimating, sales and bidding activities for the organization. Also served as project and construction manager charged with oversight of 40 personnel from conceptualized design to final installation.
Portland Development Commission – Portland, OR
I worked on an urban renewal project in the SE Portland neighborhood of Lents. In addition to contributing to project efforts, the role included conducting public meetings, developing and implementing surveys, maintaining GIS database and contributing to communications/newsletter.
COMMUNITY SERVICES AIDE, 1999–2001
City of Portland – Portland, OR
I served as a community services aide working on digitizing annexation records into the city’s GIS database part-time while enrolled at Portland State University.