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Born 18th May 1956 in Bayreuth, Germany, married
1975 Abitur (Advanced Placement) at Richard-Wagner-Gymnasium (preparatory high school)
1975 - 1980 University degree in special education at Julius-Maximilians-University, Würzburg
until April 2012 Deputy Head of Dr. Kurt-Blaser-Schule, Bayreuth (special needs school)
1999 - 2009 Chairwoman of Bayreuth Community (BG), a voters’ association active in local politics
2002 - 2012 City Councillor
2012 Election as Head Mayor of the City of Bayreuth with 52.77 percent of the popular vote
As Head Mayor, she is by virtue of her office also Chairwoman of the City Council, of the City Council committees and of the supervisory boards of all municipal enterprises.
In addition: Deputy Chairwoman of the Administrative Board of Sparkasse Bayreuth (savings bank), Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of Klinikum Bayreuth GmbH (regional teaching hospital) and Deputy Chairwoman of the Hospital Administration Association (alternating with the District Administrator of the District of Bayreuth), Chairwoman of the Association of Rescue Services and Fire Department Dispatch, Bayreuth-Kulmbach.
Volunteer work: Managing Director of the Richard Wagner Foundation, First Chairwoman of the Richard Wagner Scholarship Foundation, executive of Sportkuratorium Bayreuth (sports board of trustees), Chairwoman of the Foundation for the Promotion of Education, of the Emil Warburg Foundation (for physics at the University of Bayreuth), of the Hans and Martha Frisch Foundation, of the Hans and Emma Nützel Foundation (both serving senior citizens), of the E.ON Bayern Cultural Foundation), of the Dr. Helmut and Constanze Meyer Art Foundation, of the Bernd Mayer Foundation (serving senior citizens), and of the Professor Dr. Klaus Dettmann Art Foundation, founder of the Brigitte Merk-Erbe Foundation (for voluntary associations).