I was born in Kansas, spent part of my childhood in Japan, moved to California by way of Chicago, and spent most of my adult career in Heidelberg, Germany. I earned my master's degree in public health nursing from Fresno State where I began my school nurse career working at Riverdale HS and in the migrant health and early childhood education programs. After four years, I accepted a two-year assignment in the Department of Defense Schools in Germany. However, my family and I loved living and working in Europe so much that we ended up staying more than 20 years. In my school nurse position, I sponsored the Outdoor Education Program, organized a school based clinic, and founded an award winning HIV peer education program.I transitioned back to California working part time in Washington, D.C. as an elected officer of the executive board of the Federal Education Association (FEA), a state affiliate of the National Education Association (NEA). This position gave me the opportunity to visit members working in Federal schools throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. I also served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN).Although I loved my life in Europe, I am very happy to be back in California, working with the children and families of Ross School. I enjoy hiking and other outdoor adventures in beautiful Marin County. And, I am happy to be living closer to my mother, daughter, and three grandchildren.