Political experience: None.
Work experience: Has taught biology at Whitworth University on and off since 1990.
Education: Graduated from Edina High School in Minnesota in 1969. Earned bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Minnesota in 1973. Earned master’s degree in biology at Oregon State University in 1980. Earned doctoral degree in microbiology at the University of South Dakota in 1987.
Family: Married to Finn Pond for 36 years. Has two children and one grandchild.
A biology professor looks to bring her water quality knowledge to the Whitworth Water District Commission, position 1, as she runs against an incumbent who wants to localize decisions on water management. Incumbent Rick Koller said he has concerns over a state Supreme Court ruling that requires counties to ensure new wells won’t have a negative impact on water availability. He agrees with the concept, but said in practice it has become a “bureaucratic mess,” carried out by “people who have never drilled a well before.”