I grew up on a farm in Southwest Iowa and am a veteran of the Unites States Marine Corps. I have a B.S. and Master’s degree in Engineering from Iowa State University. I worked 1 year for the U.S. Department of Energy, 2 years for Cummins Engine Company, and 32 years for Caterpillar Inc. from which I retired in 2013. At Caterpillar, I was in research, product development, product engineering, and corporate quality. I have 10 patents and was an American Society for Quality certified Reliability Engineer.
I began coming to Southern Arizona in 2000 to ride the El Tour de Tucson bike ride on an annual basis. My wife’s cousin moved to Green Valley in 2007 and, upon visiting them, we fell in love with the area. We purchased our home in 2012. We are still snow birds maintaining a home in Dunlap, Illinois just outside of Peoria.
My biggest hobby continues to be riding bicycles, both on the road and mountain biking. I am a monitor for the Lapidary Club at their East Center facility and continually amazed at the talent the other members have.
I spent 43 years working in the field of special education, both teaching students with disabilities and training teachers to work with students with disabilities. During my career, I chaired a large department at the University of North Dakota and served on boards at the community, state, and national level, all focused on education. Towards the end of my career, I volunteered as an advocate for parents of students with disabilities and continue to do so. My parents moved to Green Valley 30 years ago, so I have been a frequent visitor for a long time. After I retired in the spring of 2016, my husband and I bought property in Green Valley (September 2016) and plan to spend 6-8 months here. When not in Green Valley, I can be found at my lake home in northeastern Minnesota. I have two children and two grandchildren, all in the Midwest. I belong to the line dancing and tennis clubs and also enjoy golf and hiking.
I moved from St. Louis, Missouri to Green Valley, Arizona in 1990, having discovered Green Valley after my Aunt and Uncle moved here. I lived and worked in Tucson, Arizona for several years, and earned a Master’s degree in Social Work. After moving back to Green Valley and becoming a homeowner in 2001, I continued working as a medical social worker in a Tucson hospital until retiring in 2013. I have taken GVR lapidary, craft, clay studio, and line-dancing classes, enjoy going to GVR’s movie nights, belong to the GVR Singles Club, and regularly attend the excellent lectures presented by the GVR Forum Club. My work experience includes teaching botany and natural history at the Missouri Botanical Garden, doing market research for Proctor and Gamble, working as a graphic designer, and facilitating job training for Native Americans. I have also done volunteer work with Hospice. It has always been a privilege to work for organizations and with individuals that have such incredibly diverse cultural, educational, economic, and business backgrounds.
I’ve lived in Green Valley since 2005 and have been a homeowner since 2006. My Washington home was sold in 2013 and I now escape the summer heat on my small trawler in the Puget Sound area north of Seattle. I’ve been a volunteer since I first moved to Green Valley, primarily in the fitness centers, senior games and arts and entertainment. In 2005 I retired from IBM after 32 years working in a variety of positions including systems engineering, marketing, managing joint development projects and leading the marketing, planning and funding efforts of an independent business unit focused on supercomputing. I was elected to the GVR Board in 2017 and served on the Board Affairs Committee and chaired a subcommittee of the Planning and Evaluation Committee. I enjoy many Green Valley activities including tennis, mountain biking, hiking, lectures and entertainment. My goals as your president are to constantly look for ways to improve member satisfaction and increase the value of our GVR membership.
My husband Don and I have been fulltime residents of Green Valley for 12 years. We moved here from Michigan and have lived the last 9 years in Green Valley Townhouse VI. I have a dual associates degree in accounting and data processing. I worked for a major insurance company for 18 years as a systems analyst and project manager. We have 2 daughters and 4 grandsons. Since moving to Green Valley I have served as the secretary of our HOA, as our HOA Representative on the GVC and as an officer in the GVR Pickleball Club for four years. Since joining the Board I have served on the Planning & Evaluation committee and the Board Affairs committee. My favorite GVR pasttime is pickleball and just enjoying the great friends I have made in the neighborhood and in my GVR activities. I love the diversity of what GVR offers its members. I am intrigued by the uniqueness of GVR and the Green Valley community – we are in unincorporated Pima County – but over the years a support system has been developed by the HOA’s, GVC, GVR and other volunteer groups to make this a very special place.
My wife Jeanne and I have been part time residents of Green Valley since 2011. We split our time between our home in Desert Hills 6 and our home in Littleton, CO. I am a retired Federal employee, and currently maintain an active CPA license. I worked as an auditor, budget officer, and management and program analyst. I volunteer and train law enforcement, fire, and EMS personnel in Incident Management, and I have worked on large wildland fires and other natural disasters throughout the US.
I served on the Investment Ad Hoc committee in 2017. We have two daughters who live in Colorado, and we enjoying taking our Golden retriever out for daily walks. My wife is an active tennis player, and we enjoy using the GVR fitness facilities, the pools, and spas, along with enjoying GVR movies and concerts.
My husband and I moved to Green Valley as full time residents in 2015 from the Chicago area. I have a BA in Theology and my professional background includes working with the Mayor of Indianapolis as liaison with staff, media, and community leaders. I also worked for the Chamber of Commerce, dealing with business & community leaders throughout the Detroit area. Additionally, we had our own energy renewable company before retiring in 2013. We originally came to Green Valley for a short stay, but quickly decided to make Green Valley our retirement home after visiting several GVR facilities and realizing how many wonderful opportunities are available to us as members with all of its sport activities, classes, clubs & concerts. I am currently the Chair of the Nominations & Elections Committee, and one of my objectives is to encourage more of our members to participate in the election process. I am honored to be serving the GVR membership as a Director of the Board. Thank you.
Autobiography coming soon!
My professional background includes 30 years working in the Parks and Recreation field mostly with the City of Yakima, Washington. Beginning my career as a Senior Center Supervisor and ending it as the Parks and Recreation Director. My husband Russ and I raised our family in Selah, Washington where I served 12 years on the local School Board and 4 years on the City Council. We are now full time Green Valley residents after spending eight years as snowbirds. GVR activities include the Clay Studio, computer club and recently the Glass Studio. I also enjoy working out at the Canoa Ranch Recreation Center. But you will find me out mostly on my bike. My husband and I enjoy bike touring. Some of our bike adventures have included two bike trips across the United States, the Northern and Southern Tier, and to Anchorage, Alaska. I was elected to the GVR Board in 2017.
I moved to Green Valley in 1990, first buying a townhouse in DMTH, then a home in Desert Meadows II. I’ve enjoyed 8 or more clubs from line dancing to computer club, and have organized and facilitated six-week grief workshops working with Hospice. As a successful entrepreneur twice over, I believe that I bring a spirit of “can do” into improving membership/board trust and communication. First a start-up newspaper was a challenge in communication, public relations, planning and long hours – from selling ads to dragging heavy mail bags to our little post office. I brought that same determination and dedication into developing a prototype, arranging financing, manufacturing a product then growing a garage business into an international corporation. My life experience makes me know that if I “can do“, our board, working together “can do” miracles.
President GVC Foundation
Past President of GVC
Chair of the Advisory Committee for Santa Cruz Valley Regional Hospital
Voted AZ19 “Most Influential People 2018
Board of Directors of Community Water Company
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
Master’s in Public Affairs
I was born, and raised in northwestern Pennsylvania. After high school, I lived in many places in the U.S. – Idaho, Wisconsin, Texas, Arizona – before settling down in rural Iowa. From 1971 to 1973, I lived in southern Arizona, and worked at the ASARCO mine. During this time, I met my wife-to-be, Cindy. We moved away in a different pursuit, but always knew we would return to Arizona. With a conviction that I should give undivided attention to the world’s bestselling book of all time, in 1977, I attended East Texas Bible College in Tyler, Texas, graduating in 1979.
I am an accomplished pipe fitter/welder, preparing bid packages, and developed and managed the QA/QC program for a large mechanical contractor in construction of a major Bio-Pharmaceutical production facilities. I have also been employed in various nuclear, natural gas, and coal fired power plants in Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. I have served one term on my hometown City Council, and as Secretary/Treasurer of Local 405 in Mason City, Iowa.
I enjoy recreational activities such as softball, football, and basketball. I am certified as an official for high school level football and basketball for over twenty years in Texas, Wisconsin, and Iowa.