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Hi I'm Doreen.

I'm a county commissioner. I have a Doctor of Education degree. I have a family that I love. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Central California in a Mormon family. One of our favorite family activities when I was a child was to camp in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Because of those experiences I have always been aware of and interested in the beautiful presence of nature. It is a reflection of the love God has for us. Moving from California to Florida, then to Georgia, has raised my appreciation of the commonality of people in different parts of the United States. In the southern bible belt, there are many Christian denominations, and here in the metro Atlanta area there is a huge diversity of non-Christian religions also. As a middle school teacher in an urban county I appreciated the variety and richness of different cultures. After finishing my dissertation for a doctoral degree in Curriculum Studies and retiring from education, I embarked on a political journey. I became the chair of the local Democratic party. In 2012 I ran for a seat in the state legislature. I lost by 17 votes; from this experience I gained valuable insight. In 2014 I ran for county commissioner and this time I won with 54% of the vote. I am working to ensure our county has a vibrant forward-thinking strategic plan for the future. Mental health advocacy is important to me, and I am trying to integrate that into my work on the commission. Other areas of interest include community emergency management education, supporting economic development, and solving transportation issues.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I grew up attending church, I really didn't know if I believed it. I thought I did, but I wasn't sure and I wanted to know for myself. Other teenagers said that they knew the church was true, but I couldn't say that because I didn't really know. So I prayed for quite some time for an answer. One evening as I sat playing hymns on the piano, I played and sang "I Know That My Redeemer Lives." An undeniable feeling of peace and understanding came to my fifteen year old heart and mind. I had my answer and it has guided my life since. When I have made mistakes, I still knew that Christ was real and that He loved me. I also knew that He had established His church on the earth. That knowledge brought me back to try again to live more as He lived.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by remembering that each person is a child of God. I remind myself about this faith by attending church each work, participating in the weekly sacrament (or communion), and serving in other capacities at church and in my community. Opportunities to serve in the church are varied and are changed every two to five years. Over the decades I have served in capacities ranging from teaching three-year-olds, to playing the organ and piano for different services, leading the choir, as well as working in leadership roles. Twice I served as the president of the Young Women’s organization and several times as a counselor to the children’s organization president as well as the women’s organization president. I also have served as a public affairs specialist. There is no "career path", so to speak in the church, so there is an almost bouncing around of callings; yet, each of these callings of service has allowed me to stretch and grow my personal capacity for faith, hope, and charity.