A lifelong resident of Marquette, Sara grew up working for her father as a land surveying assistant, traveling throughout the Upper Peninsula and getting a feel for the unique history each county and community had to offer at a young age. She developed an interest in public administration while learning the statutory requirements necessary to file legal land documents with the Registrar of Deeds Office at both the municipal and county level and naturally began to seek more opportunities to get involved in government. Her most notable experience includes working for the City of Marquette as a Zoning Code Enforcement Official, serving on the City of Marquette Planning Commission (2009-2012), being elected to the City Charter Commission in 2011 and serving as an elected Marquette City Commissioner since 2012.
Sara graduated with a Bachelor in Education degree (2002) and a Masters of Public Administration degree from Northern Michigan University (2011). She was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Award for the MPA Program with her area of concentration being Public Management with a strong emphasis in State and Local Government. She is currently taking classes at Michigan Tech University towards a Ph.D. in Environmental and Energy Policy that focuses on water quality and energy reliability issues surrounding the Great Lakes region. Sara also holds a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University and is currently employed as the Director of Adult and Community Education, Kaufman Auditorium for the Marquette Area Public Schools. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the U.P. with her Golden Retriever, Izzy.