My formative years were spent in upstate New York in Plattsburg, located in the Adirondack Mountains and Ilion in the Mohawk Valley. I received a BS degree with majors in elementary and special education from The State University of NY at Buffalo and taught school for several years. I “married into” the military life and spent the following years as a volunteer for Navy Relief, raising children while moving coast to coast about every two years. Eventually I was settled enough to pursue becoming a paralegal and received an Associate’s degree in Charlotte, NC. However, instead of following that path I found a rewarding career as a credit and housing counselor for United Family Services, a Charlotte area nonprofit family service agency.
What attracted you to The Mountain?
I first visited the mountain with my daughter as attendees of an Elderhostel program. Although I was not officially a UU at that time I was aware of Universalism as it is a part of my family genealogy. And I had attended various congregations from time to time. I wanted to know more about The Mountain and Unitarian Universalism as I had a sense that something special was happening here. I felt such warmth, enthusiasm and sincerity exuding from everyone I met. As I learned more about its Core Values and Mission I became eager to become a member of The Mountain Community.
What would you like to accomplish in your Board role?
Because I believe so strongly in the Values and Mission of The Mountain, years from now I would like to look back and to know that I, along with so many others, helped this beautiful mountain top community continue to send out its message of peace, love and compassion.
About your family:
I have two adult children, Shelley and her partner, Mark and Christopher and his wife Tracy as well as two wonderful grandsons ages14 and 16 live close by in the Charlotte area.
What do you find most important in life?
My connection with my family has been very important throughout my life. And I find that friends also become family-like even though they may come and go through the years. To me it is important to support to these people and hopefully be supported by them as well. I feel strongly that this support should continue out into the community and the world. I think of The Mountain as a place that sends people out to do that work through its various programs.
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