I am an Erie native. After graduating from Mercyhurst Prep, I attended Boston College and majored in Elementary and Special Education. I moved from "Bean Town" to Window Rock, Arizona, the capitol of the Navajo Nation, as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. There I taught for two years in a school for children and adults with special educational needs and had the privilege of being immersed in a culturally rich and beautiful setting (high desert-elevation over 8,000 ft! and the big red rock formations you see in Westerns) with amazing and wonderful people from whom I learned much! After returning to the Erie area, I met and married my husband, Bill. We have three adult children. Parenting has been a privilege and a wonderful adventure! Our kids were very involved in athletics and theater. That kept us very busy (coaching and being part of boosters and other parent organizations) but it was a lot of fun. Playing the piano is one of my interests and I had the opportunity to accompany some of their musical productions.
My private practice as a Psychologist has afforded me great scheduling flexibility as a parent. In my professional practice I work with children and adults. It is often challenging but is an honor to journey with people toward mental health. In the mid 90's I was an adjunct lecturer in the School of Education and have been back at Gannon in the Psychology Department since the Fall of 2011. I really enjoy teaching and feel very fortunate to have the opportunity once again. I am happy to be discovering the benefits of a small university setting where students, faculty and administration get to know one another.