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.
I have master’s degrees in community and rehabilitation counseling and a doctoral degree in psychology. I worked for 30 years in various community mental health settings as a psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, clinical director and clinical program developer. The last 12 years of my career was spent at the local juvenile court, primarily working on mental health/legal consultation and three major juvenile justice reform work initiatives. I was adjunct faculty for 15 years, teaching psychology and ethics for undergraduate and graduate students, and 5 years in providing forensic medical rotations for medical students and child and adolescent psychiatric fellows. In addition, in the past ten years I have served two nonprofit organizations as a board member.
I moved to Green Valley 17 years ago and retired in 2019. My husband and I started the GVR Argentine Tango Club and have served as club officers for the GVR Dance Club. We have enjoyed living in a community that offers such an array of recreational, social, educational, and cultural activities, even more so since retirement. For fun, we dance, read, travel, serve the needs of two rescue cats, and study taikwondo. I am looking forward to working on behalf of GVR membership and the overall well-being of the future of GVR.
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.
After spending 48 years in Denver Colorado and traveling Latin America for 4 years, I moved to Green Valley, AZ in 2017.
My undergraduate degree and master’s degree are from University of Denver. I spent 20 years as a senior executive in a trust company and another 10 years in my own tax practice. I am a retired CPA, former Certified Financial Planner ® and had several other financial industry designations. I have served on several governing boards of for profit and not for profit organizations.
I enjoy birding, hiking, swimming, gardening and travel. I am in the GVR Amigos Club, the Camera Club, the Colorado Club and the Travel Club.
Autobiography coming soon!
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.
I grew up in small town central Iowa on a farm. After graduating business school I married and we moved around the country a bit with corporate transfers: OKC, Detroit, OKC again, Dallas, eastern Iowa, Syracuse and finally Apple Valley, MN where we raised our two children.
I spent many years working for a school district as a special education secretary and the last nearly 20 years of my working career as Vice President, Series 7 licensed Sales Associate for an Investment Firm.
I was widowed fairly young but luckily found someone wonderful again to share my life with. We share seven grandchildren between us. When John and I retired we decided to sell our city homes and retire to our cabin in north central Minnesota where we thought we were going to live year round. I soon decided I wanted to live someplace I could go for long walks in the winter without fear of falling on ice, thus began our search for a second home someplace warmer. John and I searched around the country before we finally settled on Green Valley when we were lucky enough to rent a friends new home because they were willing to let us bring our big beautiful German Shepard, Boomer. We bought a home here in 2017. Our choice was strongly influenced by everything GVR had to offer, especially the woodshop.
I enjoy spending time reading, puzzling, playing cards, biking, hiking especially with John, friends & Boomer. I just discovered I have the ability to paddle board, what fun! Maybe I can even do that here in AZ. I have joined Amigas & hope to join or experience many other clubs.
I decided to run for the Board of Directors because I thought everything GVR has to offer is too important to our lifestyle here to lose. We must do everything we can to keep GVR exceptional and affordable.
Autobiography coming soon!
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 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 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.