I grew up in southern California, but headed north when I was 18 for college and have been a NorCal girl ever since, though we have had short stints in Calgary, Canada and Washington State. I attended Mills College in Oakland, have a BA from UC Berkeley, and hold a K-8th grade teaching credential from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. I’ve been married to Brad for 20 years and we have a 17 year old son and a 13 year old daughter.
Teaching is my passion and has been my main vocation. Over the past 29 years I have taught both kids and adults in public schools, summer camps, church youth group, ESL classes, as a literacy tutor, and most recently, a K-8 substitute teacher.
I was not raised in the church, but always felt drawn to God and as a child and teen would tag along with friends to their churches. Though I couldn’t have put it into words at the time, I understand now that in His mysterious way, God was reaching out to me. In my teen years I dabbled in Young Life and youth groups, and my faith became richer and more solid in college, when I became involved with the college ministry at First Pres Berkeley. I met my husband through that church as well!
My husband and I have been active members of First Pres Santa Rosa since 2002, and are deeply invested in this wonderful church. I have had the privilege of being involved in many areas of the church over the years, including the serving on the Preschool Board, as a Sunday school teacher, on Staff as the CLUB Paradise Coordinator (4th-6th grade youth group), and most recently on Session as an Elder. Finance Coordinating is a new chapter in my life in terms of job title at church, but I have had 20 years’ experience handling the finances for my husband’s business, and the detail-oriented, more left brained activity keeps me balanced! My work here at First Pres is a joy: I get to do meaningful work alongside people I care about. I consider my work as a ministry.
A growing edge for me is a deep interest in spiritual direction and the Enneagram. For the past 7 years I have been taking workshops at The Journey Center, and in March of 2017 entered their 2-year Spiritual Director Formation training program. We’ll see where God leads me in that area!
When I’m not at church, you can find me doing yoga, grocery shopping (love it!), reading, collaging/journaling, doing my spiritual direction “homework”, at a bookstore or a museum, trying out a new restaurant with my husband, or listening to podcasts while cooking dinner (some of my favorites: This American Life, On Being, and the Liturgists). I’m always up to talk about books over coffee at Acre or Peets. Stop on my office and say hi!