Vickie was born in Kentucky and moved to O‘ahu a month after she graduated from high school. She fell in love with the local people, local culture, and the beauty of the islands. She has been a resident of O‘ahu ever since.
Vickie attended Leeward Community College in the 80’s and worked in the State Department of Health Parenting Program. As part of her job, she worked with parents of children (aged 0 to 5 years old), leading parenting classes and providing access to early learning. After the birth of her two wonderful daughters, Melissa and Sara, she moved to Makakilo in 1992 and began teaching part-time at Pearl City Highlands Elementary School. Both her daughters attended Makakilo Baptist Preschool and Pearl City Highlands Elementary, and both of her daughters proudly attended and graduated from Kapolei High School.
Vickie moved to Ilima Intermediate School in 2004. She teaches over 140 students financial literacy. She mentors new teachers - not only helping them with lessons, but also with ways to meet the needs of Asian and Pacific Islander students, homeless students, and poor students.
As a union leader, she serves teachers by connecting them with union services and professional development, and helping them complete applications for loans, better pay, and advanced training. Vickie believes that unions benefit all workers, union and non-union, because unions set a higher standard for safety, security, and well-being in all workplaces.
Vickie believes that strong support for public education is needed to fix and maintain schools, attract and keep excellent teachers, and provide equal opportunities for all students. With increased state funding and accountability, our schools will move toward ensuring students are prepared for their future endeavors.
She will continue to work with community organizations, such as Blue Zones and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), to address wellness and safety concerns in and around schools.
Unrepaired potholes, unenforced speed limits, dangerous crosswalks, and constant freeway interchange construction projects threaten the safety of residents. Vickie will work with county, state, and federal agencies to address these problems and monitor their progress to protect our community. She will continue to work with O‘ahu (MPO) Citizens Advisory Committee to the Makakilo Drive Extension Town Hall to ensure that the North-South Road and Exchange is added to the Federally-funded Common Industrial Protocols (CIP) Funding Budget.
Vickie believes that an excellent quality of life for Kapolei and Makakilo residents is a top priority. Planned development in the area will result in a population of over 50,000 in the next 20 years, and for this reason, careful, staged growth in affordable homes and rentals is needed, as well as for a thriving business community. Vickie supports lowering the minimum income requirements for state-funded affordable housing to support neighborhood stability. She is also investigating housing alternatives such as those offered by the State of Hawaii Coordinated Entry System (CES).
Vickie wants to partner with the University of Hawai‘i and the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on their development of action plans to address flooding and food shortages on O‘ahu due to climate change. She will also work in concert with the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) to preserve the Makakilo Gulch Watershed for future generations.