M.A. Professional Counseling - Liberty University B.A. Psychology - Lycoming College
"The fragrance forever remains on the hand that gives the rose." - Chinese Proverb
Phone: (406) 758-8113
Where did you grow up? SE Pennsylvania, 60 miles from Philadelphia, 90 miles from New York City, 70 miles from the Amish country of Lancaster County is the area I called home for more than 40 years. Now truly Montana is my home.
Tell us about your family. I have 3 grown daughters who grew up in Montana in the 90’s and then scattered from Hawaii to Seattle to California to Oregon. My oldest daughter, Melanie and her husband, Brad, have come back to Montana to the Bitterroot Valley. They have 3 sons. My daughter, Emily, is in the Portland area and has graduated from Portland State University as an environmental engineer. Angela, my youngest daughter and her husband, Jordan, have one son. Thus, our family has grown in the last several years to include 4 grandchildren, all of which are grandsons.
Share something about yourself that might surprise people. In the 1980's, biking was one way we supported the idea of alternative fuels, energy and taking care of the earth we live on. As a public school teacher I rode my bike 26 miles round trip daily. This led to an extraordinary bike trip that went on for 72 days and 4,200 miles. My first experience of the west came from viewing it by traveling 60 miles a day winding through small towns in Oregon, Wyoming, chased by a tornado in South Dakota, mosquitoes in Minnesota, across the upper peninsula of Michigan, into Canada, rode a giant ferry across a bay in Ontario, crossed back into the US at Niagara Falls, back home to Lehigh Valley.
Briefly describe your work experience. Many years as an educator;18 years in the public school, K, 1, 2, 3; 7yrs in private school, junior high; home school coordinator & evaluator; then into real estate and now, admissions at Summit. I decided to extend my degree in the mental health field, thus Summit was in line with that goal.
If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?First, Russia and the Ukraine. Haven’t been there yet even though it is part of my ethnic heritage. I hope that it will again be safe to travel in that area. Second, Perhaps Nepal or Tibet in their warmer season. Finally revisit places I have been before like Africa and South America. I hope to visit each continent on earth before my traveling days are finished.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? Playing outdoors-biking, hiking, ice skating, skiing, roller blading, flower gardens; indoors-bowling, sketching, reading & weaving, movies on the big screen.
What draws you most to this type of work?