My early childhood years were spent in Washington, D.C. and later in Long Island, New York. As an only child and only grandchild I was always given love and perhaps I was even a little spoiled. In my family a good education was considered a valuable way to succeed so I always knew I would go to college.
I graduated from Howard University with a degree in mathematics and education. Shortly after graduation I married my college boyfriend who subsequently went into the military. During my years as a military wife I had the opportunity to realize a dream of learning to fly. I earned my private pilot's license while living in Augusta, GA and in the process learned about a whole new career field - air traffic control. I took the necessary tests and was eventually hired by the AA. This was the beginning of a 32 year career I totally enjoyed. The job ended up taking me to Chattanooga, TN where I eventually worked my way up to supervisor and remained until my retirement.
I raised two daughters who live in northern NJ and Norfolk VA with families of their own. I love travelling. In addition to seeing 49 of the states of this country I have seen a number of foreign countries including Nepal, India, Australia, and few countries in Europe and South America. Since I was widowed in 1995, my daughters both urged me to move closer to family when I retired, so in 2009 I relocated to Williamsburg. This has enabled me to enjoy the grandmother role a lot more frequently.
In March 2011, I became a CASA. It is challenging and heartbreaking to see what some children endure, but my role as a CASA is rewarding in knowing that I have a part in making positive changes for children in their present and for their futures.