“Too many of the politicians in Frankfort only listen to other politicians or the out-of-state donors who fund their campaigns. The only voices that matter to me belong to the working men and women of the 32nd District.”
Tina is a certified special education teacher who works with students who have learning and behavioral disorders. Some struggle with autism and other medical conditions, while others have been through traumatic events that impact their learning. Tina treats each student with respect and compassion, while also communicating clear expectations to her kids and helping them find the tools to meet them. She’s also a fierce advocate for her students and their families, doing all she can to be sure parents have the information and resources they need to raise their kids. As a special education teacher, she has to listen and lead in a way that’s fair to all. She also has to be highly organized, clear of purpose, relentlessly positive and thick-skinned – exactly the qualities that will make her an outstanding representative in Frankfort.
Tina spent 29 years as a manager and head coach with Kentucky Gymnastics Academy. She helped hundreds of young athletes develop the physical skills and winning attitude that earned trophies in the gym and success in the classroom and the workforce. She also organized statewide competitions and served for five years as State Chairman for USA Gymnastics Kentucky.
Tina is a proud mother of three, Michael, Maria, and Brandon, who was diagnosed with autism at age two. Providing her son with the medical care he needed was a tremendous struggle for Tina and her family. Today, while all three kids are now young adults, Tina’s experience informs her belief that the government and private sector have to work together to ensure that everyone who needs health care can access it affordably.
MBA, Ph.D. (and more)
Ph.D. in Education, Bellarmine University, 2017 Master of Arts in Teaching, Bellarmine University, 2009 Master of Business Administration, University of Louisville, 1991 Bachelor of Science in Management, University of Louisville, 1986