I can hardly believe how fast the years have gone by since I joined Bishop Marshall School in 2008!
As a transplant from New Jersey, my life in Vermont actually began in earnest in July 2006 when my husband, Don, and I relocated to Hyde Park with our Golden Retriever, Rose. We had traveled to Vermont since our late teens, annually visiting Stowe to ski in the winter and enjoy the beauty of a Vermont summer. Once our children were grown and on their own as adults, my husband and I spent several years planning our move to Vermont knowing full well that we’d have family and friends visit all the time if we lived in ski country! We love Vermont and can’t imagine ever moving back to the fast-lane pace of NJ.
I’ve had an amazing work journey over the span of several decades. I graduated from Kean University in NJ with a Bachelor of Social Welfare degree and started my professional working career as a social worker for the Division of Youth and Family Services in Morris County, NJ. After two years of working for the state, I had my first child, Ryan, and knew that I needed a less intense profession while raising a young child. Ryan was followed two years later by my daughter, Shannon. When both children were school age, I decided to embark on a new career—and one that I fell instantly in love with—travel! I was a travel consultant and meeting planner for many years. During my travel career, I was lucky enough to be able to travel all over the world: I climbed up inside the Great Pyramid in Egypt; sipped champagne on the Red Arrow train between Moscow and Leningrad in Russia; rode an elephant in Thailand; walked on the Great Wall in China; stayed in a thatched hut on Bora Bora in the South Pacific and much more. Eventually I shifted gears once again and changed careers to administrative work in NJ. Over the years I worked for a large pharmaceutical company, a venture capital group, an organizational-psychology management consulting firm, a biotech firm specializing in cancer therapies, and the State of VT as the executive assistant to the Secretary of the Agency of Human Services.
One of the most rewarding things my husband and I have ever done is raise puppies for the Seeing Eye in Morristown, NJ. We raised four Golden Retriever puppies for them over a five-year span and came to adopt two of them when they didn’t make the cut for dogs that could appropriately be matched with a blind person. Yes … they failed their final exams!
Currently we are the proud grandparents of five beautiful children who are the light of our lives: Megan, Rhys, Kate, Ethan, and Ava.
In summary, in my long working career I’ve never felt the way I do about any job as I do about my work here at BJAMS. I wake up every day really happy to be going to work and I certainly couldn’t have said that about many of the jobs I’ve had!
B.A. Social Welfare, Kean University