Sylvia grew up in West Michigan, in a large family grounded in faith, perseverance, and hard work, and graduated from Cornerstone University with a BA in Psychology. Sylvia has always loved children, and worked in foster care and special needs adoption for 6 years before having children of her own. She also operated a photography and design business out of her home for nearly a decade.
When Sylvia’s youngest child was vaccine injured at birth, she discovered she needed to find a backbone to protect him from further harm. Sylvia became involved with a state group for health freedom and parental rights, doing legislative research, while learning how to advocate for her child and work on difficult issues. When a push for radical sex-ed came to her school district in 2018, Sylvia helped parents defend their schools, and has been an advocate on education issues as well ever since, supporting parents throughout Michigan.
After Covid-19 hit our nation, it became clear county leaders would not stand for freedom, businesses, parental rights, or children. Co-founding Ottawa Impact in response, Sylvia has worked to inform and activate the people to preserve the county they love.
Sylvia has advocated for county government to weigh the harms to our children inflicted by public health orders of masks and quarantines, authoring the Resolution to End Enforcement of Covid-19 Orders and Restore Constitutional Freedoms to Ottawa County at ottawaresolution.com. She has covered additional county issues on the blog of Ottawa Impact, including The Racial Equity Movement: Assault on American Freedom.
Sylvia is passionate about defending parental rights, individual freedoms and American values, and the exercise of discernment and common sense in government.
Sylvia is a longtime resident of Allendale. She and her husband, Dave, have three awesome boys, and attend Chapel Pointe. Her personal relationship with Christ is a driving force in her life, inspiring her to defend religious freedom and the ability of parents to raise their children consistent with their faith.