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About Gina

Gina grew up in University City where she attended the local public schools. After spending several years in Los Angeles, she returned to Mid-St. Louis County in 1985, and ultimately setted in Richmond Heights, where she and her husband Nelson have lived for twenty years.

As a high school dropout, Gina worked hard to obtain an education, working by day as an office clerk, then secretary, and then a paralegal, while attending night classes at the local community college. She continued to work and attend night school even after becoming a single mother, and in 1995 earned an A.A.S. in Legal Assistance with academic honors from St. Louis Community College at Meramec.

After marrying and having another child, Gina continued pursuing her education, earning a Bachelor's Degree, summa cum laude, from UM-St. Louis in 2001. When she received a Scholars in Law scholarship, she attended Washington University School of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctor in 2005. While in law school, Gina was awarded the Don Summers Prize for Professional Responsibility (ethics) and was an associate editor of the law school's Journal of Law and Policy. She also spent two semesters in the CAFO unit (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation) of the school's Environmental Law Clinic, representing the Sierra Club and individual farmers in their claims against the EPA and the Missouri Department of Agriculture to enforce environmental protections in Missouri.

While working and attending school, Gina still found time for her community. She was particularly active in her children's schools, including participation in the district's Comprehensive School Impovement (CSIP) process and a term as president of the the Elementary Parent Teacher Organization. In 2004, while still attending law school, Gina was elected to represent District 3 on the Richmond Heights City Council. She was re-elected to the City Council in 2008 and again in 2012.

Since joining the City Council, Gina has continued her community activities. She was a member of the St. Louis County Municipal League's legislative affairs committee from 2005-2010. In addition, she was a voting member of the Clayton-Richmond Heights Joint Study Committee and three of its subcommittees (Secretary of the Public Awareness Subcommittee and member of the Information Technology and Planning & Zoning subcommittees). She has served as the president of the Hadley-Lincoln Democratic Club since 2006. In 2008, Gina was elected as delegate for the Third Congressional District and attended the Missouri State Convention for the Democratic Party, representing the Hadley-Lincoln Township.

Gina is an associate with Gary M. Siegel, LLC, part of the St Louis Lawyer's Group in Clayton, with a primary focus in domestic relations and civil litigation.

Gina and Nelson have raised two children. Travis is a 2007 graduate of Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School, and a 2011 graduate of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. Travis currently lives in Brooklyn, NY where he works as a film editor. Their daughter Natalie is a student at Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School. In addition to her classwork, Natalie is involved in a host of extracurricular activities, including the Superintendent's Advisory Council, the Long Range Facilities Planning Committee, volleyball, track, theater (where she played Annelle in the Spring 2012 production of "Steel Magnolias"), and the school's acapella group. Natalie has spent her summer working as an intern for the Missouri Democratic Party, making calls and knocking on doors to promote our values, just like her mom.