I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the College of William and Mary. I have taken graduate classes and several professional development courses and workshops in nonprofit management and marketing. My own childhood education growing up in a Navy family was comprised of attending eight different schools across the country and overseas.
My career has consisted of four different vocations: two paid and two volunteer. Right out of college, I was a wildlife educator at a small zoo, presenting hundreds of live animal programs for schools, daycare centers, retirement communities, and other groups. This included development and promotion of the programs in addition to a wide range of other responsibilities. I was ultimately promoted to General Manager. Later I spent several years in nonprofit marketing and membership management for scientific professional societies, including the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. In recent years, I have been a community advocate, seeking to strengthen our local schools. This has included supporting a local grassroots group Carroll Values Education and volunteering for pro-education political candidates. I also helped establish another local grassroots group called VOCAL Carroll County which encourages citizen participation in local government. Finally, I have been the primary at-home caregiver for my two children who are young adults now, spending many years opting out of the full-time workforce during their pre-K and teen years.