I was born in Wisconsin (yes I’m a true cheesehead). My family lived both in the city and also on a farm, so I got to see the best of both worlds. When I was 14 my parents moved the family to Florida. I spent almost 30 years living in the land of sun, sand and snakes. I saw Asheville and Western North Carolina for the first time in 1992 while in the area for a family reunion, and decided then, that this is where I would eventually live. It took a number of years to get here, but now that I’m here I have no desire to live anywhere else. I now live with my family, two dogs, and sometimes other homeless creatures, in Hendersonville.
Professionally I spent almost 25 years working for three Fortune 250 companies, working in supply chain distribution and inventory management, retail pharmacy management, consumer lending and finance. A life changing experience led me to a decision to give up the corporate race and all the physical rewards and to pursue my passion. I began working with a large county animal shelter, which led to two paths. First, I decided there was plenty of room in my heart and time in my life to do rescue work, and second to my first position in veterinary medicine. I started working in a day practice as a veterinary assistant, and in short order became a practice manager. I continued in practice management of day practices until I came to R.E.A.C.H. in February 2013. I am privileged to serve as Client Services Supervisor, and also get to keep up with inventory functions.
I have had my fair share of trips to the emergency room with my own furry kids and rescues, and know how it feels when your loved ones are injured, sick, have been attacked by an owl and even hit by a car. I also know that these things all seem to happen at the worst possible times. I consider it an honor to be part of the team here at R.E.A.C.H. and am proud of the service we provide to the community of Western North Carolina.