Losing my left leg—and nearly my right leg—when I was 17 years old was a defining and formative experience in my life. Being an amputee for 40 years has taught me about so many aspects of being human:

  • That strength often comes from being vulnerable.

  • That boundaries are important and necessary. 

  • That forgiveness is a choice and a contract of acceptance between my heart and my soul.

  • That life throws curve balls and it’s up to me to find the meaning and the lessons.

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If there’s one thread that’s woven its way through my life, it’s that I love to help people. I feel joy when I’m helping someone do something, learn something, or see a new part of themselves.

If there’s one belief I’ve had since I was a teenager, it’s that we all have a beautiful inner compass that’s always pointing us where we need to go. All of us. It doesn’t matter our education, our gender, our abilities, or our race. Sometimes we just need a little help finding the compass or reading it.

I have spent my professional career in non-profit management helping people find their compass or learn how to read it.

Through these jobs I developed my leadership skills. Early in my career, I thought leadership was about taking control. I’ve since learned it’s about giving control.

During the nine years as an at-home mom, I explored my creative side. I became a certified Coach, a trained SoulCollage® Facilitator, and I discovered that I love to write. See my Books page for my publications, including my memoir, A Leg to Stand On.

My writing led to public speaking. I was one of over 100 people chosen to speak at our TEDx event. See my Speaking page to watch my TEDx talk and to get an idea of my speaking topics—all inspiring folks to access their inner compass and to find the peace and acceptance that comes when we follow our true north.

I am passionate about forgiveness: learning what it is and isn’t, practicing the art of it every day, and sharing with others how to walk its path.