Co Founder and Parent of Noah’s Landing Resident
Attended Nassau Community College, Long Island, N.Y.
While attending Nassau, I was hired by Volunteers of America to help students find volunteer opportunities that would expose them to various career paths. The purpose of the program was to give real hands on experience to help students as they moved forward in their education. Part of my job was to visit hospitals, nursing homes and businesses in the greater community that were interested in working with our students and give them a chance to experience the real day to day work life of their career path goals. It was a wonderful opportunity for me to work with students and be able to offer this valuable opportunity.
In 1975 1 enlisted in the United States Air Force. After going through “Boot Camp” at Lackland Air Force Base, San
Antonio, Texas, I was trained as a surgical assistant. I was assigned to Eglin Air Force Base, Fort Walton Beach, Florida. I worked in the oral surgery department in the regional hospital at Eglin. We worked doing routine oral surgery procedures and major facial reconstruction due to accidents or anatomical realignment. In 1979 1 was an Honorably Discharged Sergeant and received the Commendation Medal for exceptional service. I have since worked in New York, Chicago and in Lakeland for oral surgical practices,
I was fortunate to be able to use the Gl Bill while serving in the USAF and upon discharge. I graduated from Northwest Florida State College.
While raising two busy boys, I served on various School Advisory Councils. The SAC committee is responsible for monitoring a school’s improvement plan. I was an active member of the PTA. I am a graduate of Partners in Policymaking, a leadership and advocacy training program funded by the state.
I am a Founder and Board member of Noah’s Ark of Central Florida. I have organized and participated in the many fundraisers, speeches and presentations over the last 30 years. I am the author of The Ode to Noah’s Ark, a song written for the Grand Opening. This song gives a glimpse of our history and is sung to the melody of the song Hallelujah. I have served on the ASC, application screening committee, since opening our first home in downtown Lakeland. It has truly been an honor to be able to meet with potential residents and their families, This responsibility has real life consequences and is taken very seriously by all who have and do serve.