Raised in Green Springs, Ohio and currently a resident of Tiffin, Ohio, Rachel is a long-time resident of Sandusky and Seneca counties. She grew up in this district and is proud of her roots. She wants to see everyone in the district thrive, not just the select few at the top.
Growing up in a hard-working, middle-class family taught Rachel a great deal. She saw firsthand how a lifetime of hard work does not guarantee access to things like quality education, affordable healthcare and a clean environment. Her dad, Pete, worked as a mechanic for Whirlpool and her mom, Sandy, is a nurse. Along with her older sister, Brianne, Rachel spent her childhood in a tight knit community surrounded by a close and loving family.
Rachel attended St. Mary’s elementary school in Clyde where her lifelong love of learning was born. She graduated in 2001 from Clyde High School as salutatorian of her class, and was a stand-out athlete, earning all-state honors in volleyball, basketball and track. Rachel is proud to be a first-generation college graduate. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Tiffin University.
In 2005, after graduating college, Rachel was working in New York when Donald Trump forcibly kissed her without permission. This experience shaped her future for years to come. However, choosing to run for office is not about what Trump did to Rachel; rather it is about a lack of honesty and integrity in politics, and a desire to bring about positive change. Speaking out about her experience with sexual harassment has not been easy. Rachel’s experiences have made her unafraid to stand up to bullies and give a voice to the voiceless.
Professionally, Rachel has worked in higher education for over a decade. Most recently, she has worked extensively with international students at both Tiffin and Heidelberg universities. Her work has given Rachel a unique perspective on community. She enjoyed introducing international students into the community, inviting them to share their culture and learn about American culture. These experiences have fostered a dedicated passion for contributing to her vibrant community and exposing people to new perspectives. Rachel firmly believes that “when we learn about others, we also learn about ourselves.”
Outside of work and school, Rachel loves taking walks with her puppy, an Irishdoodle named Carlow, as well as reading and trying out new restaurants. But there is nothing Rachel loves more than being involved in her community and connecting with people.