Born and raised in northeast Ohio, Sarah grew up steeped in the midwestern values that make our region great – honesty, integrity, hard work, and service. Growing up, Sarah learned the value of service watching her father’s career, and is committed to that tradition of giving back.
A 2006 graduate of Miami University, Sarah double-majored in Political Science and History. Following college, Sarah worked for the Lake County Republican Party during the 2006 election. Like many recent graduates, Sarah and her husband encountered a difficult job market. They moved out of state to pursue new opportunities. Sarah worked for a boutique political communications firm, coordinating national grassroots advocacy campaigns for a variety of clients, including several Fortune 100 companies.
After six years working in politics, Sarah decided to pursue nonprofit work and continue her passion for service. She worked for a regional nonprofit dedicated to supporting those with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners. In addition to managing day-to-day operations, Sarah coordinated their annual Denim & Diamonds fundraiser, Living Well symposium, and other events.
During this time, Sarah also served in a variety of leadership roles for a regional Golden Retriever rescue. Whether serving on the Board of Directors, as walking coordinator, foster coordinator, kennel manager or foster home, Sarah grew to appreciate the truth in the quote, “Through the love of those I’ve been privileged to rescue, I’ve been rescued, too.” She and her husband fostered over fifty dogs, many with medical issues or special needs.
Sarah returned to Ohio in summer 2012, continuing her nonprofit service working at Adoption Network Cleveland. She directly supported the Executive Director and Board of Directors in carrying out the mission of ANC, including passage of landmark legislation granting birth certificate access to thousands of Ohio adoptees. Additionally, Sarah volunteers as a permanent mentor for a youth in foster care, serving as a role model and source of continuity.
Sarah won election to the Ohio House of Representatives in November 2014 with nearly 70% of the vote. Sarah serves on the following committees:
- Insurance - Vice Chair
- Agriculture & Rural Development
- State Government
- Health & Aging
In addition to her legislative responsibilities, Sarah also serves on the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund, where she leverages her experience with the foster and adoption system to be an effective voice for Ohio’s children.
GOPAC, a national conservative leadership training organization, chose Sarah as a member of their 2015 class of Emerging Leaders, recognizing her leadership ability and potential as a public servant.
Sarah married her best friend, Scott, in 2010 and currently resides with him, their three dogs and two cats in Bainbridge Township.