I was born in Champaign and raised here until I was 11 years old, when we moved to Evanston. I attended Brandeis University where I graduated cum lade with a dual major in Philosophy and Psychology. I then went into the MA writing program at The University of Houston, followed by the Graduate Screen Writing program at UCLA. I met my husband, Jon “Cody” Sokolski, while living in Houston. He lived in New York City. After unhelpfully moving to Los Angeles, I finally finished and moved to New York, where Cody and I got married. In 1990, we moved back to Champaign, where Cody opened Periscope Records.
I wrote and edited the music newspaper “Scope” and was the Music Editor for The Octopus. I taught writing at Parkland and worked as a freelance music journalist writing for publications ranging from Illinois Entertainer to Disney’s Family Fun. In 2010, I got my nursing degree and am a nurse at Carle. Along the way, Cody and I had two wonderful children, Nate and Lillian.
I have served as a board member and past president of the Library Foundation, as board member for the 40N/88W (Champaign County Arts, Culture and Entertainment Council), and on the Marquee Council of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Cody and I were named Outstanding Philanthropists of the Year in 2006, and in 2010, I was named Outstanding Civil Servant by the Prairie Rivers Network. In 2011, I was given the Leadership in Advocacy award by the YWCA. I was appointed to the Champaign City Council as a representative for District 4 in 2005, and have since been reelected twice, most recently in 2013.