I am the Group Leader for the Central Coast QOV.
My most recent professional experience was as a Financial/General Office Manager for a large church in Texas for 17 years. Duties included accounting, personnel management, payroll, taxes and insurance compliance/claims. One of the fun parts of my job was to coordinate travel for mission trips and senior adult destinations and events.
As a volunteer, I have organized a Women’s Ministry and worked with Operation Shoebox, Compassion International, Meals on Wheels and the Ronald McDonald House. I am a member of a few National Societies: Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Colonists, United States Daughters of 1812, and New England Women. Several years ago, a friend introduced me to quilting. Now that I am retired, I enjoy the company of other quilters and am involved in local Quilt Guilds in the San Luis Obispo area.
My husband spent 20 years as a submariner (Chief) in the US Navy, and our son was also on subs for five years and now works as an engineer in the defense industry. Our daughter was part of a drill team at the Ceremonial Guard, where she met her husband; he is active duty, and they are stationed in San Diego.
I was born in Maine and am a descendant of several Patriots, mostly sailors. Serving veterans and service members is something I feel passionate about and love the mission or the “heart” of the Quilts of Valor Foundation. Wrapping someone in a healing and handmade quilt not only says thank you and welcome home but represents a bridge across time for me. It connects us not only as a community, from our past military history to the present conflicts we face, but it gives us hope of continued freedom for future generations.
It is an honor to represent California and I am excited to be joining such a hardworking and creative team!