People @ Goddard
Residency Sites: Plainfield, VT , Residency Sites: Port Townsend, WA
While I have lived nearly half of my life in New England (the New Hampshire and Maine seacoasts and western Massachusetts) I think of myself as a Southerner. I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky – a pretty amazing place. It’s a large city with the feel of a small town. My family lived just on the edge of a major park system so as a kid I had hundreds of acres of woods, fields and creeks in which to loose myself. As a young girl this gift of ready access to the natural world gave me a remarkably huge amount of space in which to move about and a great launch pad for seeking out independence.
I believe in callings and know that mine is education – broadly defined. I look back over my life and the markers for many of its peaks have been some sort of educational experience. These experiences have shaped my sense of identity, helped me discover my talents, carried me to people I cherish and given meaning to my life. Education has been one of my most significant means of personal and professional transformation. I regard it as an incredible privilege to try to support others in their own journey of self-discovery and impact.
I’ve had a variety of experiences in education. Some of my favorite have come through my roles as the Assistant Director of an Upward Bound program, the Director of Corporate Training for the University of New Hampshire’s Browne Center for Experiential Learning, as a core faculty member with the Antioch New England Department of Organization and Management, the Coordinator of the Social Justice Training Program at UMASS-Amherst, as a trainer with Project Adventure, and as an Outward Bound instructor.
For over 25 years I’ve worked with a wide range of public and private sector organizations as a change agent in the fields of training and organizational development. My broad areas of focus are organizational development/multicultural organizational development; strategic planning; executive leadership, management, and team development; diversity training, and group facilitation. Attention to multiple bottom lines that include thriving and productive organizations and communities, environmental sustainability and ecological justice are an inherent part of this work.
My personal and professional interests in social justice and progressive pedagogy combined with my experience in organizational development and systems change are part of the path that led me to Goddard. My primary interests here fall at the intersection of social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, environmental sustainability, ecological justice and progressive education as a means of personal and societal change.
I live with my partner in Dover, NH. We’ve both got a great affinity for animals – cats and dogs for her; dogs and horses for me. My favorite non-work activities are reading, watching movies, and walking with my dog in the woods.
EdD in Applied Behavioral Science with concentrations in Multicultural Organizational Development and Social Justice Education, University of Massachusetts at Amherst; MST in Education, University of New Hampshire; BA in English and Communications; Secondary Education Teaching Certificate, Saint Louis University.