Where did you grow up?
I grew up in the Midwest – Wisconsin, Ohio, and high school in Illinois. After high school, I moved to South Dakota with my high school sweetheart, we married and had a baby girl. I was young. Back then all you needed was love and everything else would work out (I think about that time and wish we had more love in this world today). After my husband died, I moved to Tennessee with my daughter to be near my family. In 1978, I followed my parents to Rhode Island, where they grew up. I remarried and had two more children. I have two daughters, a son, and six grandchildren – two girls and four boys.
Where did you go to school and what did you get your degrees(s) in?
In 1987, I decided I wanted to go to college. I had three children and worked full time, but I knew I could do it. In 1990, I graduated from the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) with an Associate’s Degree in Medical Administration/Secretarial. During the three years I was attending CCRI, I drove a school bus, which allowed me to go to classes and have a work-study job while my bus charges were in school. After I graduated, I was hired at Brown University in Providence, RI, as the administrative assistant in the Medical School’s Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research.
Tell us a little about how you came to the Science Center.
For several years, I also worked at night, part-time, for Meadows Edge Addiction Recovery Center in North Kingstown, RI. One of my colleagues was looking for a full-time job and checked USAJOBS quite often. She came in one day and showed me an administrative support position at the National Marine Fisheries Service in Narragansett. I loved working at Brown, but if I could have a job in Narragansett, much closer to home, I was going for it. I applied in October of 2000, interviewed in November, but was not offered the position until May 2001, after a job freeze was lifted. I started on June 4, 2001.