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Born and Raised


In a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, I grew up with red shag carpet, The Smurfs and Cabbage Patch Dolls. In my past time, I played flashlight tag with the neighborhood kids and listened to NKOTB (a.k.a. The New Kids on The Block).



I am lucky to have a large family. I have an older sister, Angela, who also ate spaghetti in a hot dog bun (among other crazy concoctions my mom created for us) growing up. I am married to the coolest guy ever and together, we are raising our two little ladies and our sweet little man in Southeast Michigan.



There’s a ton of rivalry between Michigan and Michigan State (are you a maize-and-blue or green-and-white fan?) I have to admit, I started going to U of M-Dearborn (a short commute from home), not wanting to go away to college when I first graduated. After two weeks of school, I applied to MSU and happily moved to East Lansing my Sophomore year. Michigan State University was my home for the next several years. I went to college for six years, earning my undergraduate and graduate degrees in child development, education, curriculum and research.

Hobbies and Interests


If there’s something I want to try, I don’t hold back! I have more hobbies than I have hours in the day. My latest and greatest is photography. I wake up each morning, eager to live a full and exciting life, while inspiring and giving back to those around me.



Salt and vinegar chips, french fries, barbeque sauce, reading, coffee, photography, music (playing the piano), free time, scrapbooking, sunshine, the lake, my family, and my Macbook.



Angry people, cloudy days, cold french fries, complaints, cold coffee, a messy house, a full laundry basket and Open Pit BBQ sauce.

Favorite Book as a Child


Frances Books by Russell Hoban and Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls.

Favorite Book as an Adult


The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks (I’m a fan for the love stories).

Favorite Quote


"I am only one, but I am one.  I cannot do everything, but I can do something.  And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do."  ~Edward Everett Hale

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