Born in Walla Walla, Teresa was raised in southeastern Washington on a dryland wheat farm with her five siblings. Teresa’s parents were active in civic and church activities, setting an example that shaped Teresa’s ideals about the importance of community. She graduated from Eastern Washington University with degrees in Geography (BA) and Planning (MURP) and found a home in Cheney.
Professionally, Teresa has worked in numerous public sector positions in planning, community development, and communications. She recently retired from Spokane Transit, where she finished her career as a project manager in technology.
Before serving on Cheney City Council, Teresa was a Planning Commission member for over a decade. Teresa actively participates on City Council committees, is currently representing Cheney on the Spokane County LEOFF Board, and has been mayor pro tem for the past seven years.
Teresa is married to her partner of 30 years, Andrew. A daughter and her husband reside in Cheney. A son, his wife, and their two children live nearby.
Cheney has distinct challenges, particularly financial, but we do not lack smart, dedicated officials (both elected and appointed), volunteers, and staff who continuously work to make our community a great place to learn and live.