I come from a religious background. My parents were missionaries in the Kodiak Island region of Alaska. I sang in church choirs, and in high school and college choirs. After college, however, I was engaged in family and work activities and did not have time to sing for over 30 years. I knew that in retirement I wanted to be part of a faith community and to sing again. My friends Kay and Phil Cogswell suggested I check out UUCS, and I joined UUCS in the summer of 2010.
I was born in McMinnville, Oregon where my father was completing his undergraduate degree at Linfield. We moved to Alaska after my father completed his doctorate in theology. I came back to Oregon to attend the U of O, and stayed after graduation to work first for the Lane County Judicial Department and later the Legislative Fiscal Office. I have been in Salem since 1990.
I am involved in several volunteer activities including the Willamette Humane Society and the Willamette Valley Hospice. I am training my dog, Mo, as a hospice therapy dog. I sing with Festival Chorale Oregon, and am part of a book club. I am involved at UUCS with the Microfinance Committee, the Music Committee, the Finance Team and I sing with the church choir.
When I find time I like to travel. I’ve been to Peru with the Microfinance team and plan to travel with them to Nicaragua in the near future. I make frequent trips to Europe to visit my younger son and family in Belgium. I also travel to Colorado to visit my older son and family. I have two grand kids in Colorado and one in Belgium.