I live in the mountains of Northern Arizona on a
little 2.57 acre ranchette called Fireskye. It is home to
five dogs and 30
chickens. I occasionally borrow sheep from my trainer and friend,
Karen Clymer, who
lives a country block away. She enjoys walking them down to my place
with her border collie, Tim.
I have an incredible son, Jason. Jason has
three nearly perfect children, Lexie, Trey and Annabelle. He is
a bright light in my family. His sweetness, honesty
and earnest approach to all aspects of his life endear him to those who
know him. He is the general
manager of the
Arizona Medical Exchange.
boyfriend, Fred Risser, a dear friend of 25 years, keeps me on my toes
and laughing. You can see his picture below. We've resumed
dating after a hiatus of 22 years.
My Dad died in 2002,
a deep loss for our family. My Mom died in 2006, but I had the
good fortune to care for her in her last months. She was full of
life to the end and determined to stay, though she lost that battle.
I am a sister to Nancy
(pictured above, Nancy left, me on right),
John. These talented and creative siblings are my friends, my
critics and confidants. Their exceptional children bring vitality and energy to our family. Each one is
gifted in unique ways, leaving their innovative, imaginative stamp on
the world wherever they go.
I have worked over 26 years in
counseling and mental health program administration. Prior to 1986, I was the
Monitor Program Montgomery County
Supervisor and acting state administrator. The DDMP is a division
of the Maryland Department of Parole and Probation and provides
intensive supervision for convicted drunk drivers. It became a National Model
Program for supervising convicted drunk drivers. As a member of
Montgomery County Criminal Justice Commission,
I was awarded two honorable mentions by the Commission for my work in
I moved to Arizona in 1986, with my best friend
and author of
Ranch Dog, A Tribute to the Working Dog in the American West,
Marianne Murdock (Picture at left, Marianne, Fred, me
on annual trip to NM). I started working for the
West Yavapai Guidance
Clinic in Prescott, Arizona as a CD therapist.
Later I managed the CD programming, inpatient and outpatient
services. For a year I also managed the Crisis and Children's
Programs. In 1995, I was awarded the Ernie
Siegfried Award for significant contributions to the mental health
The year 1996, brought
a serious illness that
eventually caused me to quit working and go on disability. As a
result I learned to slow down and smell the roses!
My occupations are quieter now, but there is plenty to fill life to the
brim . . . My family, my friends, my animals, my faith.
I have a BA in Human Services and an MA in
In earlier years, I
ran a quality control lab in an orange juice factory
(now that was an interesting job!!); receptionist,
detox counselor, aide in a local hospital; assistant manager of a loan
company; grill girl for KFC; and owned my own janitorial company.
Yes, I am a jack of all trades!!