HERE I AM!
I gotta say this upfront. I DO NOT like talking about myself. Odd for someone writing a blog about themselves. I’m complicated like that.
A little non-fitness related stuff about me. Here goes. I’ve held many volunteer positions since retiring from full time work as a commercial property manager after giving birth to my first son in 1992. Just a few of the volunteer positions I’ve held are:
- PTA President
- School Site Council Chairman, Attendance Boundary Committee Member
- Executive Director and Board Member of Education for the Children Foundation (EFC)
- Inaugural Board of Governors Member of the Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club, and chairman for several fund raising events.
In 2004 I founded a national non-profit organization called Lion’s Heart. I did so after trying to find a volunteer organization so that our two sons could get involved in serving the community. I’m kind of a do-er, organizer type (insert friends nodding in agreement here) so when I couldn’t find one, I created one! Take a look if you want, but it’s now a national non-profit in over 30 states with over 10,000 teen members. I served as the Executive Director from its inception until April, 2018, and will likely remain on its Board of Directors until I die.
Again, don’t like to talk about myself let alone brag about awards but, ya know, seems like a good place to mention a few recognitions. (If not here, where?)
- Awarded two PTA Honorary Service Awards (2000, 2007)
- Recognized by the Capistrano Unified School District for helping to save the Class Size Reduction program (2003)
- Named the Grand Marshal of the 4th of July parade in Coto de Caza (2009)
- Honored, along with my husband, with the Distinguished Lifetime Advocates award by EFC (2012)
- Awarded by National Philanthropy Day of Orange County to Lion’s Heart with the Outstanding Youth Group award (2009)
- Named one of “Twenty Women to Watch” by OC Metro Magazine (2013)
- Appeared on the Katie Couric Show featured in “Women Who Should Be Famous” for my work with Lion’s Heart (2013)
- Presented with national President’s Volunteer Service Award for “Lifetime Achievement” (2014)
- Recognized with the national Daily Points of Light award (2015)
I am incredibly blessed to be married to my husband, Clay, since 1991. More on him in the blog, but he is an inspirational, modest, two-time World CrossFit Games athlete, and should have his own blog for sure. We have two adult sons, Spencer and Garrett (and beloved dog, Baxter). I’m one lucky girl!
Again, not a bitch.