Having been raised in the San Francisco Bay Area I have lived in the Coachella Valley for over 50 years. Earning a BA degree from UC Berkeley and a maters degree from CSUSB I spent most of my professional career as a counselor for Palm Springs Unified School district. Counseling in a middle school for 38 years I have experienced the joy and heartbreak of adolescence, on a daily basis.
Working with youth has always been something I have enjoyed from my beginnings as swim coach, lifeguard, water safety instructor, to a Community Schools director, teacher, then counselor at both high school and middle school levels. I have worked for the Irene and Guy Anderson Children’s Foundation for the past 22 years having, with my partner Jane Mills, developed the present grant program.