Born in New York, my parents moved to Hawaii when I was just a year old. There I spent my childhood before moving to the USA mainland at seventeen. After graduating from high school, I took a break from formal education only to discover how limited life was without continued education.
After graduating with a bachelor's from the University of Missouri-Columbia, I moved to the beautiful area known as the Ozarks and looked for a job. In retrospect, I should have looked for a job, then moved, but I was young and idealistic. It didn't take too long for me to discover the lack of opportunity I had brought upon myself so decided to join the Peace Corps. I was sent to Senegal where I spent two years in the small village of Kenioto near Kedougou.
Upon my return I went to work in the non-profit sector. Remaining there for 14 years, changes in my world brought me to a crossroad.
I made the decision to leave and spend more time with my children while also developing my love of art. This I have continued, even while working outside of the home.
Additionally, I have, with lots of help, started and run a non-profit for a school in NDallane, Senegal ( www.ForAllGenerations.org ). With the help of a progressive teacher there, materials and support are given to the youngest (three primary grades) children at the school.
My hope is that when these children realize the love sent to them by people who value their humanity, they will spread the love around them. I wish for them to grow up valuing people as humans, regardless of race, religion, gender or nationality. In this way I believe we can grow peace. So, as you can see, I am still idealistic.