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 retention strategies.
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 contract.
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.