Wellness & Recovery Coordinator
I’m a Mom, grandma, wife, and daughter of an amazing Father who loves her faith, family, friends, water, camping, nature, learning and is passionate about personal growth and helping others. I have found life and purpose in long-term recovery.
Originally from Minnesota- not a Viking fan! Go Pack Go! I moved to this area in 1992 after College Graduation (my first major accomplishment/proud moment in recovery, as I never even graduated from High School). I immediately fell in love with this beautiful area-God’s Country, and decided here was where I belonged.
As a child, I grew up in the military and as a result acquired the nickname “Airforce brat”. Never did I think I would grow to love this name, but I did. Although the name held special meaning within me for the many wonderful memories, mostly traveling and meeting wonderful people from many walks of life, but many non-military folks always thought I was different. This so-called different way of life proved to be where I found my passion and love for people from many different cultures and backgrounds. I also found my lifelong love of water, who wouldn’t, living in Tripoli, Libya, just three short blocks away from the Mediterranean Sea, right?!
As a teenager, age 15, I was introduced to Alateen.
At 22, seven short years later, I was introduced to Alcoholics Anonymous but shortly after learning how very sick, messed up, beat up, this single mom with an out-of-control alcohol and drug problem truly was I found myself in a highly structured, nationally well known, Hospital Treatment Center. Here is where my whole world changed. As incredibly painful and scary as it was, it remains to be the best, most painful experience that has ever happened to me! And so the story goes, in my newfound life of recovery! It’s not been an easy journey, but it certainly has been a meaningful and rewarding one.
Being of service is an honor, it’s not a Military honor, like what I grew up with, but nonetheless, being of service in recovery is an honorable stand, a fight that I strongly believe in! Recovery is everything…for without it, I am nothing!