When I was growing up, my dad was in the Air Force. After my birth in San Antonio, Texas, we lived in diverse places including North Dakota, Norway, Virginia and Belgium. My undergraduate college years were spent at the American College in Paris, Central Michigan University, and James Madison University in Virginia. I got a degree in psychology and sociology, and then went on to get a second undergraduate degree in business (Excelsior College) and a master’s degree in consumer science (Colorado State University). For a number of years I worked in the travel industry, and at one point my husband John and I took our two kids Andrew and Molly on an overseas adventure when we lived for five years in New Zealand and Australia. But of all of the places I have lived, Colorado is where I have lived the longest!

I have always been a voracious reader of books about relationships of all kinds…..marriage, parenting, friendships, families….. Eventually I decided to come full-circle back to my original interest in psychology, when I went to graduate school in community counseling (University of Northern Colorado). I have worked part-time at the Mountain Crest psychiatric hospital (part of University of Colorado Health) since 2003, and in 2013 started my private practice in counseling.

My favorite hobbies are traveling, skiing, hiking, reading, watching Netflix movies, genealogy research, and church activities.