Education: Westminster College—B.A.
What is your hometown? Albany, New York—the capital city of New York State, which is close to the Adirondack Mountains, one of the prettiest places in the United States, with wonderful clear lakes, rivers, and camping and hiking areas.
What is something the North Cross community doesn’t know about you? They might not know that I was a cum laude graduate with a major in Economics at Westminster College or that I was a senior programmer/analyst for a technology company in Atlanta.
What’s your passion here? What motivates you to do what you do? I truly love welcoming and greeting people when they come the school and helping people when they call or arrive with a question no matter how big or small. What I look forward to doing each day is making a difference in any way I can for the school, the parents and students, and the people I work with. If I can help someone like Jennifer Burtch in Development with one of her projects, or help Deborah Jessee with one of her many tasks, it has been a good day. I believe we are meant to help and serve others and, of course, I enjoy being around the students, my son, Ryan, and all the activity at our school.
Who do you consider as your mentor, and what have you learned from them? I listen and learn from many people and instead of one mentor, I look to several of my closest friends who act as guides in different parts of my life. Each day, I believe I will continue to grow when I am open to things I can learn from others to make me healthier, more informed, and happier and in turn pass these things along to other people.
What's your favorite North Cross tradition?
When my oldest son, Donnie, attended North Cross, he was in the 5th Grade Battle. He absolutely loved every part of that experience, and as a parent, I loved helping make his shield and costume, too. I’m so glad we are bringing this tradition back! It’s also hard to beat the smiles I see when the Lower School kids are doing any of their special traditional events like the Halloween Parade or spending time with their senior buddies during the year.
If you didn't do what you do here, what else would you be doing?
You might find me doing mission work, or being a nutritionist. I also love the outdoors, so you’d probably find me doing something in an adventurous setting. I scuba dive, have jumped out of planes (with a parachute), and I frequently kayak Craig’s Creek and the Cowpasture River. I spend a lot of time hiking the great trails around Southwestern Virginia and one of my favorite hikes is Mount Rogers, the highest natural point in Virginia, where you will find wild ponies roaming freely at Grayson Highlands State Park. Another one my favorite places locally is Falling Springs Falls, which is on the way to the Homestead, and I recently shared this with our visiting students from Argentina. You are no longer permitted to walk around the falls themselves or hike to the bottom and stand beneath the falls, or to do what still stands out as one of my favorite moments - sitting on the very edge of the falls, hearing and feeling the warm springs water all around me, as I looked out over the mountains into West Virginia. That peace-filled moment of connection to God’s creation is an image I’m blessed to recall.