Hicks was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas. Both her parents were union card carriers; her father was a master plumber with the Pipefitters, while her mother was a federal contractor with AT&T under CWA.
Hicks’ advocacy of others began at a young age, when kids would pick on other kids at school with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She began playing with these bullied children at recess rather than with her other friends, and slowly integrated them in with her classmates on the playground, illustrating that we’re different, but not less. During her teenage years, she babysat and worked for a company caring for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Hicks is a passionate unionist with an exorbitant amount of experience in local, district, and national matters involving litigation, representation, negotiations, lobbying, organizing, and mobilizing in a variety of forums (arbitration, MSPB, EEOC) while maintaining high success rates. She has served as a local president for more than a decade, holding every local position save treasurer. While serving as a local president, she held multiple district positions as both the Y.O.U.N.G. coordinator and the current 9th District National Women's Advisory Coordinator (NWAC).
Hicks says that advocacy, education, and influence have always been a consistent passion. “Lobbying, litigating, and representing federal employees has changed my life and really helped me grow as a person,” she says. “Serving in AFGE was the first time in my life I felt like I was right where I’m supposed to be.”
Her husband, Brett Hicks, is a government employee and AFGE member. They have a daughter.