Carol was born abroad in Kunsan, Korea. As part of a military family, she has lived in several different countries and states. Carol attended Western Washington University where she earned a BS in Community Health; she is also a Master Certified Health Education Specialist.
After completing an internship with Affiliated Health Services, Carol began her career as their Health Educator focusing on Youth Substance Prevention and Low-income issues. She then became Director of the Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, which was renamed Community Health Outreach Programs (CHOP) in 2010. As Director of a 100% grant-funded department, Carol oversees a staff of 10 coordinators, and assists with grant writing while managing numerous programs and budgets. She also serves on the Board of Hospice of the Northwest, Foundation of District 304, Population Health Trust, and several local coalitions.
Carol believes prevention is the key to building healthier communities and approaches her work through a focus on changing policies, systems and environments. She values the importance of developing collaborative relationships and strategic partnerships to address unmet needs of the community, and is a self-driven big thinker, who accomplishes great outcomes by creating a vision, empowering staff, engaging stakeholders, and securing resources.
Carol resides in Bellingham where she is joined by husband Bill, their son Slater, and canine child Zeke. She enjoys traveling with her family, watching the Seahawks, scrapbooking, hiking, is a fantastic cook as well as an active volunteer in her son’s sports and school PTA.