1978 – Graduate Southern Seminary Junior College, Buena Vista, VA
1980 – Graduate Old Dominion University, BA History, Norfolk, VA
1970’s – 4-H Horse Club member
1980’s – 4-H Horse Judging Leader
1980’s – Therapeutic Riding Instructor for the 4-H Therapeutic Program (PERT)
Legal secretary for both civilian and the US Navy (Norfolk and NAS Oceana) for over thirteen years specializing in Domestic Law and Adoptions.
1986 Graduate – Cheff Center for the Handicapped, August, Michigan
1989 – June 2010 – Founder and Executive Director – EQUI-KIDS Therapeutic Riding Program, Virginia Beach, VA
June 2010 – Present – Owner Forward Motion Farm LLC, a blended equine community in Virginia Beach, VA
Awards and Certifications:
1995 obtained PATH, Intl. (formerly the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association) Certification as a Registered Instructor
2005 – Recipient of James Brady Professional Achievement Award – PATH, Intl.
2005 – Recipient of 2005 Friend of Agriculture Award – City of Virginia Beach
2006 – Certificate of Non Profit Management – Tidewater Community College/The Norfolk Foundation Workforce Development
2009 – Recipient of National Volunteer Leadership Award – PATH, Intl.
2010 – Recipient of the Community Legends Award – Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program
Current Board Member – Therapeutic Riding Association of Virginia (TRAV)
Current Member of PATH, Intl., TRAV (Therapeutic Riding Association of Virginia), AHA (American Hippotherapy Association), EFMHA (Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association)
Member – Community Animal Response Team (CART) of Chesapeake
Former Member – PATH, Intl. Center Advancement Committee
Mother of twin daughters, Alexandra (attending college at Northern Arizona University) and Ashley (attending college at Regent University and also a PATH, Intl. certified riding instructor)