There is tremendous potential for economic growth in our state, particularly when we build upon our strengths. We need elected officials who have real life experience in helping economies grow. I received my Master's in Business Administration from the University of Chicago, and used my education to further a passion for public service both at home and abroad. As one of the "first responders' on an economic development team for the Peace Corps, I spent two years working to re-build a badly broken economic system in Ukraine. When I returned home, I used my business skills to provide opportunities for community members who were struggling to provide for their most basic needs.