Raised in the veritable landscape of small town, Northern Vermont, skiing and running cross country as a young person lent me a visceral commitment to my environment and the people close to me. After receiving a BA in Theater Arts, Speech and Film, with a concentration in Film Studies: Theory and History from Keene State College in New Hampshire, I relocated to Phoenix, Arizona where I started a family. Additionally, I trained for multiple marathons alongside remarkable, female athletes who were qualifying for the Olympic Trials. Phoenix also gave me my first experience with Waldorf education as my oldest son attended Desert Marigold School. Portland Village School was a natural transition for my children, and for me professionally, over ten years ago. Holding custody of everything at PVS from operations of the school, admissions, outreach and the safety of the children has been a transformative experience for me. I particularly enjoyed teaching the very relevant subject of Cyber Civics - a class for developing minds in ethical and compassionate choices when engaging in online activity. Currently, I am taking classes towards a graduate degree in counseling specific to helping youth who have experienced abuse and trauma. After 16 marathons, one son now in college, and another in high school, I enjoy reading, running, giant salads, and the companionship of the special people in my circle.