Where are you originally from/where do you call home?
I’m a homegrown Bellingham girl.
Where did you receive your education?
I attended Western for a few years in my youth. I was attending Western when they transitioned from Western Washington State College to Western Washington University.
What does your past work experience look like?
I worked the “Front Line” in Parking Services here at Western for 7 years. I was a waitress/book keeper/ and on duty manager at the Black Angus Restaurant for 29 years. There were so many good things about both of these jobs. Mostly the constant interaction with the public kept me coming back every day.
Why Western Washington University?
My Mom retired from Western and I always wanted to work here. It felt like my second home as I spent so much of my formative years up here.
What are your hobbies/what do you like to do in your free time?
I LOVE Independent Film and see a movie nearly every week, sometimes 2 a week, at the Pickford Film Center. I’m a member and I have a good friend who I met in the Parking Office who shares my passion. I love to travel and am passionate about El Porvenir, a NGO in Nicaragua that I volunteer with every other year. I will be going on my 7th trip to Nicaragua in March. El Porvenir (http://www.elporvenir.org/) partners with rural communities on water, sanitation, and reforestation projects. They are an amazing group that does NGO the right way! I also make it my goal to find the best local coffee shop in whatever community I spend time in. It’s my favorite food! I’m very close to my family, am ever amazed at the brilliance, uniqueness, and quality of my two grown kids, Mikel and Levi. Mikel has a heart for social work, and Levi works at a Refinery in Denver. I spend every moment with them that they will spend with me! I’ve been married to Chris for 27 years, a wonderful man who works for a Labor organization and fights tirelessly for his fellow man. We like to hang out with my family, backpack, eat really good food, and completely baby our Yorkshire Terrier Max.
What is something unique about you?
I’ve worked with youth in different capacities most of my adult life. I have a really big heart for teenagers, and was a sort of surrogate mother to many kids while mine were growing up. I am a natural born teacher who missed her calling!
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