I grew up south of Pittsburgh with a love for teaching and learning. After completing a bachelor’s degree from California State College, Pennsylvania, I began teaching in an alternative school in central West Virginia. I completed a master’s in special education at West Virginia University before moving to Virginia, where I worked as an educational diagnostician. I also began instructing fitness and aerobic classes. I finished a doctorate from Virginia Tech in 2006 in Educational Leadership, and was adjunct faculty at the University of Mary Washington. I retired as an executive director of student services in Stafford, Virginia in 2017, after 34 years in public education.
Throughout my adult life I coached Special Olympic skiers, instructed youth, attended boot camps, and taught a variety of classes at YMCAs. In my late 40s, as my three sons were leaving the nest, I realized the benefits of personal training, and became a regular at a local Westside Barbell power lifting gym. I hold ACE certification as a personal trainer, and ACE/YMCA certification as a Group Fitness Instructor. More recently, creating inclusive adaptive fitness programming for students from Waynesboro and Augusta County at the Y has been so fun and inspiring. I am loving retirement with my Marine hubby as we hike, bike, ride ATVs, lift in our garage gym, and relish time with our family.