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Fun Facts

Personal
  • I have a home in Vermont, where I've lived since 1992, and I've lived part time in the Baltimore area since 2017.  

  • I am the mother of an adult daughter who was born at home.  Yes, by choice. 

  • I have worked both as a childbirth doula and in hospice care.  

  • I like to travel to obscure places that tourists tend to avoid. I like gritty real life! 

  • I am closest to my vision of God when my hands are in dirt in my garden.

  • I am an avid knitter.  

  • I've played the piano since I was 8.

  • I can't stand maple syrup.  

Professional
  • B.A., English, Southern Connecticut State University, 1984

  • M.A., English and Creative Writing, Southern New Hampshire University, 2019

  • Inner Glow Circle, International Coach Federation-Accredited Life Coach Training, 2021

  • Inner Glow Circle, Leaders Rising Program for Leadership in Life Coaching, 2022 (anticipated)

  • 2x TEDx speaker, 2013, 2014

  • Experienced keynote speaker and conference workshop facilitator

  • Adjunct professor, with additional experience in language arts tutoring for middle school students

  • Laughter Yoga Leader

  • Founding member of a women's mTBI support group at Fanny Allen Outpatient Rehab in Vermont

  • Performed volunteer medical support in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

  • Serves in a national brain injury advisory and leadership group sponsored through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • Yin Yoga Instructor

  • ACT Certified Educator (Reading, English, Writing)

  • American Red Cross, Psychological First Aid: Supporting Yourself and Others During COVID-19

  • Successful entrepreneur:  Vermont Shortbread Company and AZ Communications, LLC