My story is rather simple. Born in New York, educated at U of Delaware and Penn State. In 1987 I married my best friend, who I always refer to in print as “Hubby”. And together we had two amazing kids – one that is known in the public arena (Natasha) and the other who likes to be more discreet with his world, like his father. We will call my now adult child #2 Bubba. (Although, note he is the subject of one of my most read blogs that you can find here.)
I also have worked in a lot of places because of various family relocations. I had been a School Psychologist for many years, primarily in early childhood education and with the Deaf and Autistic populations. Then one day a parent asked me a very poignant questions…
How can I learn sign language in a class, when you just told me that my autistic son needs one to one assistance in school. I will never be able to find for him a babysitter so I can leave and learn to sign to communicate with him. (Keep in mind this was pre-Youtube days).
Then I had an idea! 💡 I would develop a short sign language video to give to parent’s of children who attended my school. Let’s just say that this “little idea” was the catalyst for a successful company known as Signing Families ™.
Next came a shift in my focus where I wanted to reach a broader world via a new set of mediums – Twitter and Facebook! WOW! That was a game changer! My outreach in social media (and natural tendency to network) helped me to co-found a collaborative social media company (411 Voices Media). The doors closed to 411 Voices Media in the Winter of 2018, but many of the contractors associated with group continue to be a resource for each other.
Yet.. as the world changed so did my focus (again). This time I decided to integrate my worlds of education and social media with my latest passions – travel. Mainly to help serve the needs of those who have unique differences when they travel. Whether from one city to another or across the world. I want to be the conduit of information and resources. In fact, check out my list here.
I also want to help brands who want to help our community members, as well. Give them a wider reach through my social channels. In other words using social media for social good.
So, I invite you to check out the wealth of resources I have here. Enjoy my photography from travels near and far. And, of course snoop at the photos I have taken on red carpets with colleagues and a few familiar faces!
Looking for my resume? I posted it below.
Lastly, at times, people ask me how I describe my life – I often say “enchanted”. I have been blessed to have an amazing family, great colleagues and many career opportunities.
As always, thank you.