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Legislative Biography -- 73rd (2005) Session

Washoe County Assembly
District No. 27
Specialty Courts Coordinator

Born: 1955 – Carmel, California.
Educated: Sonoma State University, B.A., 1977, with distinction and honors; University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), M.A., 1979, Spanish Language and Literature.
Children: Emma Fulkerson.
Hobbies/Special Interests: Traveling, hiking, skiing.

Legislative Service:
Nevada Assembly, 1999-2005—five special and four regular sessions.

Board of Directors, Join Together Northern Nevada; Board of Trustees, KNPB Channel 5 Public Television; Board of Directors, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Foundation; Member, Advisory Board of Community Foundation of Western Nevada; Advisory Board, Nevada Museum of Art; Member, Nevada Kids Count Advisory Council; Member, Racial Justice Institute Advisory Board; Host and Co-Producer of “Children First!” public affairs show on KOLO television (ABC); Member, Advisory Council, High Sierra Industries.

Personal and Professional Achievements:
Veterans Hero, Nevada Veterans Service Commission, 2003; Striving for Latino Advancement Award, Latinos for Political Empowerment, 2003; Honoring Our Heroes Award, Northern Nevada Policy Maker, Southern Nevada Area Health Education Center, 2003; Senior Star, Sanford Center for Aging, UNR, 2002; 2002 Legislator of the Year, Nevada State Psychological Association; Legislative Advocate Award, Nevada Disability Advocacy and Law Center, 2002; Profile in Courage Award, Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice, 2001; Leadership Institute, National Conference of State Legislatures, Class of 2001; Flemming Fellow, Center for Policy Alternatives, Class of 2000; Humanitarian of the Year, Greater Nevada School Counselor Association, 2000; Legislator of the Year, Nevada Association of Social Workers, 2000; Nevada Women’s Role Model Award, Office of the Nevada Attorney General, 2000; Politician of the Year, Truckee Meadows Human Services Association, 1999; Rising Star Award, Outstanding First-Term Legislator, Nevada Women’s Lobby, 1999; Child Advocate Award, Stand for Children, 1998; Community Unity Award, Mental Health Coalition of Northern Nevada, 1997; Women Helping Women, Soroptimist International of Truckee Meadows, 1997; Golden Girl Award, Boys and Girls Club of Western Nevada, 1997; Mae Carvell Award, Venture Club of Truckee Meadows, 1995; Citizen of the Year, Nevada Association of Social Workers, 1994; Peace Corps Volunteer, Dominican Republic; American Field Service Scholar, Madrid, Spain.

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