Member of House of Delegates, August 17, 2004 to January 12, 2011. Member, Judiciary Committee, 2004-06 (juvenile law subcommittee, 2005-06); Environmental Matters Committee, 2007-11 (ground rent work group, 2007; agriculture, agriculture preservation & open space subcommittee, 2007-11; housing & real property subcommittee, 2007-11; local government & bi-county subcommittee, 2007-11); House Special Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 2007-11. Deputy Minority Whip, 2007-11. Member, Maryland Rural Caucus, 2004-11; Women Legislators of Maryland, 2004-11; Maryland Veterans Caucus, 2005-11; Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, 2006-11. Member, National Council of State Legislatures, 2004-11; American Legislative Exchange Council, 2004-11 (criminal justice task force).
Born in Piqua, Ohio, March 9, 1944. Class valedictorian, Troy High School, Troy, Ohio. Towson University, B.S. (psychology & sociology), summa cum laude, 1970. Manager, Shewell Enterprises, a family property rental business, 1969-. Rehabilitation supervisor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, State Department of Education, 1974-77 (rehabilitation counselor & certified medical disability examiner, 1970-73; consultant & educator, 1973-74). Manager, Admissions Services, Carroll Lutheran Health Care Center, 1981-83. Executive Director, Granite House, Inc. (a residential mental health counseling program), Westminster, 1983-91. Member, Carroll County Republican Women's Club (president, 2000-03; vice president, 1996-99). Member, Executive Council (state membership chair), Maryland Federation of Republican Women, 2002-04. Co-Chair, Bush '04 Campaign for Carroll County. Reese Starner Award (Republican of the Year, Carroll County), Republican Central Committee, 2002. Co-author, "The Learning-Ability-Equated Study Method", The Journal of Experimental Education, Winter 1971. Married; two children.
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