A twenty-five year resident of Kingman, Arizona, I fell in love with this community when
traveling through with my family on my way to Phoenix in 1991. I thought that living in
Kingman would be like living in a national park, surrounded by scenic beauty and outdoor
opportunities. Also, I saw the great potential for Kingman to grow and prosper as a regional
hub given the ideal location, climate and resources.
Because I already had corporate and small business experience associated with my
degrees in engineering (Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, Auburn University) and
business management (MBA, Stanford University), Mohave Community College hired me
as Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). I spent several years
working with small businesses throughout Mohave County to start-up, expand, or navigate
My career at MCC culminated in the position of Vice-President of Applied Sciences and
Technology, responsible for the college’s career and technical programs. It was exciting to
work with faculty and community partners to build programs in health sciences, business,
computer information systems and construction trades. During that time, I also served as
President of the Arizona Association of Occupational Administrators.
After MCC, I served as Mohave County’s Workforce Development Manager, advancing
numerous programs in concert with community partners including the COYOTE Youth
Program and the LEAP Program (welding. millwright and machinist apprenticeship). I also
initiated economic development sector strategies and was instrumental in laying
groundwork for the Kingman and Mohave Manufacturing Association (KAMMA).
On a personal level, family comes first and I am blessed to have a wonderful daughter,
author and artist J.C. Amberlyn, and a great partner, Tom Carter. In addition, we have
some four-legged family members to whom I am very devoted.
A concern for Mohave County’s animals was a driving force to create Mohave CARE-Net
(Companion Animals Rescue Network), a coalition of animal rescue organizations and the
humane society. I proudly served as Co-President of this group that together, saved lives,
provided education and was instrumental in the County's transition to a humane shelter
Now in my fifth year on the Kingman City Council, currently as Vice-Mayor, I have been
honored to serve the citizens of this community. The city’s issues have become critically
important now; the citizens will decide how and/or whether we grow this community in the
coming elections. Therefore, I am running for Mayor in 2018. We can become a regional
hub for commerce and industry with good jobs, good streets and higher quality of life. That
will fulfill the initial promise I saw twenty-five years ago and will take Kingman into a brighter
future for us and the next generation.