I am an Internal Communications Consultant and Executive Coach, Seeker of Simplicity (let me know if you’ve found the answer!) … and creative being. It began in a small house in Oak Ridge, New Jersey where my father was pastor of a Lutheran church and my mother was a stay-at-home mom & creative force. She taught me how to sew, garden, cook and conceive everything from oil paintings to mini sculptures made out of toilet paper.
My sister and I grew up in quintessential Americana, with a big maple tree in the front yard and breezy white curtains that swayed in the summer. Life as the minister’s family is very unique and not always easy but we were surrounded by love and support, and with that support, I applied to and was accepted at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and went on to graduate in 1991 with the 11th class to include women.
During the summer of 1991 I attended Army Airborne School (and summarily broke my leg on Jump #4) … and my beloved dad was diagnosed with ALS. We lost him two year later. I think of him every day.
Once I left the Army, I went into business, earned my MBA at University of Michigan Business School in Marketing and Corporate Strategy, and worked briefly for the United Nations Foundation in Washington, D.C. But this is where things took a tough turn.
For years I struggled to manage a carefully hidden eating disorder. By 2002 it was out of control and my life was overwhelmingly dominated by this addictive behavior. My mother and sister suggested (okay, “suggested” in an intervention-y kind of way) that I move home to Connecticut to focus on getting well. At the age of 33 I moved in with my mom and focused on treatment for eight long months at the Renfrew Center, in Wilton, CT. This was and remains the hardest thing I have ever overcome or accomplished. I wrote a memoir about the experience, “Whatever the Cost: One Woman’s Battle to Find Peace with Her Body,” which was published later, in 2011, by Quiet Waters Publications. (For more information about eating disorders, how you can get help, or help someone you care about, visit https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/).
In 2003, with my life back together, I worked briefly for a sports marketing company and then was hired by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, where I remained for an amazing and successful twelve years, working both in Marketing and Internal Communications. The time included an 18-month assignment in Germany at the corporate headquarters to work on a breakthrough drug in women’s health.
I met my husband in 2010 and we were married on Block Island in 2014. After a decade of being single, I never thought I would meet someone wonderful. He is a gift.
In 2015 I completed my Leadership Coaching certification at Columbia University and decided to try entrepreneurship, and started my own consulting and coaching practice.
And what are my dreams now? To watch my nieces and nephew grow up into wonderful adults. To give money away to causes like The Water Project, an incredible organization that builds wells in Africa. To breed and raise service dogs. To see more of the world. To make a contribution in some way, whether large or small. And to think about what life is really about, and how we find meaning despite its complexity. And so, I am now the author of this blog. ☺
(I’ve attached a pdf of my professional bio if you are interested). View Professional Bio PDF