About

Master of Public Health (MPH) with a focus of Health Promotion and Health Education from Portland State University

BA in Home Economics with a focus of Consumer Educational Studies in Child Development and Family Relations from University of Montana

Certificate in Desktop Publishing from University of Oregon Continuing Educational Studies

Countless certifications, workshops, classes and self-directed studies

My Story

I’m one of the people who simply loves to learn and then to share what I’ve learned.

After moving sight unseen to Portland, Oregon from rural Ohio in 1971, I quickly became deeply immersed in studying spirituality, metaphysics, energy healing, astrology, and fertility awareness. Although my focus has changed from time to time, my interest in these topics has both continued and expanded to the present day. Over the years, I’ve taught many workshops on these “nontraditional” topics. Back then they were too far “out there” or “woo woo” and I couldn’t figure out how to use them to create a full-time income. Now they are almost mainstream.

Professionally I’ve had to reinvent myself several times. I seem to have a knack for being at the right place at the right time for changes in market conditions and grant funding. Always lacking some credential, I turned to higher education more than once.

Realizing that 2 years of liberal arts college post-high school wasn’t enough, I went back to school in my mid-30’s, preschoolers in tow, to finish a BA at the University of Montana. I taught occasional Natural Family Planning classes for the local Catholic hospital, then did my required internship in the Planned Parenthood education department. We moved back to Portland where I worked for Planned Parenthood as a clinic assistant, public relations coordinator and newsletter editor until funding ended, as did my marriage. Sometimes life just gets in the way!

Next came an employer-paid certificate in Desktop Publishing while working in telecom as an in-house graphic designer. Laid off when high tech crashed in the early 2000’s and without an art degree, I couldn’t even get a job interview! I made it through a year of self-employment, but really needed the stability of regular employment as a single parent of teenagers.

In my 50’s I decided a health education credential was my best fit and did a year of post-bacc community health coursework and finished with a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Portland State University. Finally, I had some serious initials to hang after my name! Full-time employment required relocating to Pendleton, Oregon in 2008 where I started the Umatilla County and CTUIR SNAP-Ed program with Oregon State University Extension Service. After yet another funding change lay off but with a promising relationship, I moved to Hermiston in 2012, figuring it was easier to find work than a good man. We live on Tumbleweed Lane on his 2 acres outside Hermiston.

For 7 years until retiring in 2019, I worked for CAPECO, starting with Workforce Development as the Umatilla Army Depot contractors laid off more than 1000 employees associated with the chemical weapons disposal project. I taught Microsoft Office classes and rewrote many resumes for dislocated workers. This was followed by working from home for 5 years as the half-time health promotion coordinator for the Area Agency on Aging. Certified to lead 8 different health education programs, my favorites were Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance and Powerful Tools for Caregivers. As timing would have it, I choose to retire as grant funding ended.

Now I am returning to my roots and am pursuing my dream of self-employment through sharing what I’ve learned about the subjects that hold my interest and my heart, both “traditional” and “non-traditional.” I’ve chosen to focus my energies on the three broad areas listed on this site. As an independent contractor, I co-train Powerful Tools for Caregiver class leaders and facilitate virtual classes for caregivers. I do some graphic design. Health education, wellness and healing plus graphics is one of my happy places.

Thanks to my partner of 10 years, we have a roof over our heads. Social Security and Medicare supply regular income and health care coverage. I have never felt so free to follow my heart!