Washington College was followed by George Washington University, where I earned an MA in Government (Public Administration focused on developing countries). My thesis work took me to Kenya, where I was present for their independence celebrations.
I worked for periods at the U.S. Information Agency (Office of Private Cooperation), U.S. Dept. of State (Africa Bureau), and the U.S. Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare (Office of International Health). Volunteer work for the Oiciyapi Federal Credit Union of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe was followed by 4 ½ years as Church World Service (CWS) Representative in Mauritius, serving as staff of the Mauritius Council of Social Service. For 13 years I was CWS Rep in Indonesia, working in the Communion of Churches in Indonesia (Dept. of the Churches’ Participation in Development). I left that assignment to move to Gulfport, Florida, so that I could help my parents with their various disabilities.
I’ve enjoyed native-plant and butterfly gardening, bird watching, walking and canoeing. For the past four years, I’ve taken both tai chi and ballroom dancing classes. I am an elder at Gulfport Presbyterian Church and share in teaching Sunday School. My most recent volunteer activity is taking my turn with the 2:00-6:30 a.m. shift at the Cold-Night Shelter. I’m also Program Coordinator for HEAL of Tampa Bay, a chemical sensitivity support group.