I was born and raised in Marietta and moved with my late husband to Redondo Beach, California, in 1975, where we lived for 30 years. During that time I had a varied career, first in corporate and residential real estate development, specializing in project management and legal oversight. After 15 years, I left the corporate world and started my own business, a specialized gift basket business (at a time when you had to explain what a gift basket was). I sold the business after ten years to concentrate on grant writing and fund raising for clients and charitable organizations I had met through my Rotary and business contacts.
I joined the Redondo Beach Rotary Club when I began my gift basket business and over the next 12 years worked with' my club on various committees, focusing on children's issues and chairing 3 major annual fundraisers. I went through several chairs and eventually served as President. I am a 6 year Paul Harris fellow, attending numerous district conferences as well as an international conference.
I moved back home in 2011 to join my family. I love to travel, am a mixed media artist and live in Woodstock with my totally spoiled 4 year old Westie, Sophie.