My passion for ensuring that we have excellent healthcare on Orcas that is financially sustainable arose from my volunteer work and personal experience. Ten years ago, I became a SHIBA volunteer helping people understand their Medicare insurance options, an activity I continue to pursue. When Obamacare was enacted, I also became a Navigator to help people sign up for insurance through that program. The people I have met and the problems I have helped them deal with have opened my eyes to the importance of a robust healthcare system for a small remote community like ours. I came to appreciate that first hand when my medically fragile mother came to live with me for the last years of her life.
My background includes attending UC Berkeley as an undergrad and for law school and practicing business law in CA and OR. Along the way, I collected my MBA from the University of Oregon, owned several businesses, and served as the COO of a small security equipment company. Shortly before retiring from Intel’s legal department in early 2006, my husband, Michael Moss, and I moved to the islands where we eased into retirement by designing and constructing our island home on Orcas. Once construction was completed, I became active in the Master Gardeners program and served as Treasurer of the Master Gardeners Foundation, served as a docent at the Historical Museum and as a member of its Board of Directors and became a trustee for OPAL.