I grew up in Chicago, came to Hawaii with my husband a Navy Lieutenant in 1960, and joined the Recent Graduates group of AAUW Honolulu Branch. After two years in Paradise we returned to the windy city and spent four years missing the islands before returning to Hawaii in 1966 with a year old son. A second child (daughter) was born in 1967 and I joined the AAUW Branch in Kailua (it is now the Windward Oahu Branch). I was President of the branch in 1976-1978 and Co-President of the Hawaii-Pacific Division from 2004-2008. I rejoined the Honolulu Branch and became president for 2009 -2010. I am currently the scholarship chair for Honolulu Branch and also serving at the state level as the training chair and at the national level on the AAUW Leadership Corps.
I am retired after 30 years in non-profit agencies. I served as the executive director of Hawaii Literacy, developed and managed educational travel programs focused on Hawaiian culture, history and environment for the Pacific Islands Institute, and managed the Fellows program (seniors tutoring in elementary schools) for Hawaii Intergenerational Network. For several years I recruited seniors from Hawaii to teach English in the Elder/Kids Play Club at the Ohana English Preschool in Yokohama, Japan and most recently, I coordinated a program for the Intergenerational Center at Chaminade University of Honolulu: recruiting seniors in Hawaii to assist Japanese students to improve their written English through regular email correspondence.
In 2010 I traveled to Turkey as a mentor to the Hawaii delegation to the World Youth Congress. My photo was taken while dining in a roof top restaurant in Istanbul with the Blue Mosque in the background.