What is your vocation?
Group Vice President for the YMCA of Greater Richmond
How has your yoga practice benefitted you?
Wow. Let me count the ways…It has enhanced my athleticism. I do triathlons and thru Bikram yoga, I have become stronger, more focused and it has helped my recovery. In addition to this, I feel happier, less stressed and sleep so so much better than I ever have.
What keeps you interested in Bikram Yoga? What keeps you coming back?
The way I feel when I walk out of the room. The challenge to keep getting better and seeing improvements keeps me coming back. The friendships and community that is created at this special place. ☺
Tell us about your favorite hobbies.
Other than Bikram yoga and triathlons, I paddle board and I love to cook (vegetarian) and travel to obscure, new and interesting places.
What one word best describes you best today?
At peace with who I am and where I am in life
Tell us about what you love to do with your family.
First of all, I just love to spend time with my family, even though we are unique in many ways and have our differences. I lost two family members in the last year and that rocked my world. It made me better appreciate that each day and each one of them are a gift.
My immediate family is my husband Mike and my sweet chocolate Labrador, named Gaia. My husband is my best friend and doing anything with him is special, but I’d say that travelling together gives us some of the best and most fun memories.
In addition, Mike and I enjoy travelling with my sister, her husband and my adorable nephew, who is the light of my life! It is not always easy to travel with others, but the 5 of us have it figured out.
List a time line of your life and include anything you think is important. Plus, something you are proud of.
I am from the mid-west – Rockford, Illinois, which is just west of Chicago. I spent a number of my childhood years in Huntington Beach, California, but eventually, my family moved back to Rockford where I lived until I went to college. I would say that I am 95% mid-western girl, but know that I got my beach lovin lifestyle from the California influence.
I am the youngest of 5 children – all from the same parents. My three older sisters are 17, 18 and 19 years older than me. But there are just 2 years between me and my brother. Although my sisters are considerably older than me, we are close in my other ways.
I graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in International Business and Spanish and spent the last year of college studying in Salamanca, Spain.
Currently, I work as a Group Vice President for the YMCA of Greater Richmond. I have been working for the Y for about 23 years. The international part of the movement is what attracted me to it. This organization is in 119 countries all doing work to best serve their communities. Since working for the Y, I have had the opportunity to work in multiple cities and countries, including St. Louis, Missouri, London, Zimbabwe, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Clearwater, Florida and now the RVA! My husband is also a Y professional as are two of my sisters and a brother-in-law. To say it is in the family is an understatement.
A proud time in life? There are a few of them, but one big one that stands out is when Mike and I took a year out of our Y professional lives in the US, sold our home in Michigan, got rid of all our all belongings, raised enough money to support us in our time there and moved to Zimbabwe where we lived and volunteered for the YMCA. Our role was to teach the staff and volunteers how to be more self-sustainable. We taught them a lot, but that country and those people taught us so much more.