San Antonio, Texas Retired – Educator
An Optimist since 1996 Home Club: Optimist Club of San Antonio, Texas
Presidents Club Member
Christian D. Larson Partner William H. Harrison Society Member
Friend of Tomorrow
Endowed Sponsor of the Michigan District Essay Scholarship
Understanding of business practices:
During my 34 years as an educator I taught at-risk youth, served as an Elementary School Principal and as the Principal of Kalamazoo Juvenile Home School(a school program serving adjudicated youth). As a school administrator I had numerous responsibilities that developed my leadership and management skills, such as: development and implementation of a school improvement plan, team building, community relations, development and oversight of the school budget, district and statewide reporting and management of staff.
After I retired from the public school system I served as a consultant for the Office of Educational Improvement and Innovation for the Michigan Department of Education. I led a variety of state wide projects – getting input from school districts and planning with a team to implement the work statewide.
Over the years I have served on numerous boards. I am currently on the Roy Maas Youth Alternatives Board of Directors.
I have a history of good management and stewardship professionally and as an Optimist. I believe that my professional and Optimist experiences, qualify me to serve as an effective member of the OIF Board.
Offices/Awards: (Governor and Higher)
Optimist International Vice President, Southwest Region, 2014-15
Distinguished and Outstanding Optimist International Governor, Michigan District 2010-2011 Distinguished and Outstanding District Foundation Representative 2013-2014 Optimist International Committees: New Club Building, World Oratorical Steering, Leadership and Development.
OIF Committees: Planned Giving, Women’s Philanthropy Council Candidate’s Statement
We all joined an Optimist Club because we want to provide much needed services and activities for the youth in our communities. A strong Optimist International Foundation is essential to ensure that the support is there for our clubs and youth. I have been a strong supporter of the OIF since I became an Optimist in 1996. I what to be part of an even stronger OIF.