A resident of Marion since 2007, I am passionate about my family and our community, driving me to seek election to the Marion City Council representing Ward 1. I have served as a Marion City Council member since 2018, when I was appointed to the City Council following a vacancy.

More information about my family, educational background and the importance I place on community can be found below. You can also view my LinkedIn profile.

If you have questions, please contact me!

“My husband, Rich, and I are grateful for the opportunity we had to raise our two children, Skyla (20) and Rick (19), in Marion. Nothing compares to the educational opportunities and community support in Marion.”


  • Born in Charles City, Iowa
  • Served in the United States Air Force, 1991-1996
  • Married Rich Atkins, Ret. U.S. Air Force, in 1994
  • Raised two children with Rich, Skyla (20) and Rick (19)


  • Bachelor of Business Administration degree from University of North Dakota in 1997
  • Master of Education degree from University of Oklahoma in 2003
    Ph.D. in Educational Leadership degree from the University of Iowa (expected May 2020).


  • Moved to Marion in 2007
  • Helping young girls develop confidence and joy through running as Girls on the Run former Board member (2016-2019) and current volunteer and supporting student development through Junior Achievement (2009-present)
  • Career in leadership positions in Higher Education at various institutions (2003-present)
  • Appointed to serve on the Marion City Council (2018-present)