Although I live beneath the sunny skies of Southern California, I’m a Boston native who loves chowda’, the Boston Red Sox and Fall defined by New England standards: orange and red leaves with cool temperatures that call for crawling into flannel, fleece and L.L. Bean duck boots.
After graduating Syracuse University, I landed my first job as an editorial assistant working under stuffed, taxidermy deer heads at Petersen Publishing’s Hunting and Fishing Magazine offices in Los Angeles. When I moved over to ‘TEEN Magazine, photos of models sporting the latest fashion designs lined the walls and were a more welcoming site. There, I wrote my first young-adult novel, Picture Perfect (Lunchbox Press, published in 2001) and teen fiction for the publication.
My career continued to grow at Miss Universe, Inc., a subsidiary of Madison Square Garden, marketing the MISS USA, Miss Universe and MISS TEEN USA live, CBS television broadcasts before becoming Assistant Marketing Director for KABC TalkRadio, generating publicity for TalkRadio, ESPN and KLOS radio stations at ABC/Disney’s Radio Group.
Feeling the pull to be at home with my daughters, I left full time work at KABC but still work booking guests and chasing down news stories for the station’s morning show. I have kept up my marketing and PR skills promoting various companies/organizations, including Stephen Covey’s leadership curriculum, The Leader in Me, at a magnet school in Thousand Oaks. I have served in leadership at BSF and CBS as a group leader, encouraging women in God’s word, and volunteer at Buddy Breaks, an organization that benefits parents of children with special needs and the children themselves.
Having struggled with the transition from full time career to full time motherhood, I began a book addressing God’s role in re-establishing a woman’s identity which I often speak about at local MOPS groups. You can find spiritual encouragements on my facebook page, Shaping Your Identity in Motherhood as well as at Moms Together https://www.facebook.com/MomsTogether/.