Tammy has two adult daughters and spends most of her free time with her black standard poodle named Fancy. She has a PhD in Biochemistry from Washington State University and a BS in Chemistry from St. Cloud State University. She was an office administrator for Grace UMC in St. Cloud and a Ministry and Community Support person for Coon Rapids UMC. She has also been a Chemistry professor, a special education paraprofessional, a dog trainer, and a life enrichment assistant at a care center. She is a certified lay speaker with the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and enjoys helping lead the conference’s ConneXion retreat. Tammy has a heart for people who are experiencing homelessness, addiction issues, and mental health challenges. She is a member of Coon Rapids UMC and lives in Anoka.