I live in downtown Silver Spring, MD, and have lived in the Washington, DC area nearly my entire life, with my family having moved from Colorado to Bethesda, Maryland when I was 3. I graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS in Textile Science/Fashion Merchandising and later went to University College/University of Maryland and earned a second BS in Paralegal Studies. I worked for a total of 10 years in the Law Department at Marriott Corporation and its spinoff companies, Host Marriott Corporation and Crestline Capital Corporation. At Marriott Corporation I met my husband, Michael. I have two lovely daughters Jenny and Stephanie, a wonderful stepdaughter Cathy, and her amazing husband Andrew who helped me with my website.
After my youngest daughter was born, I was a stay at home mom for 14 years. During that time, I volunteered at my daughter’s pre-school, elementary, and middle schools, and at my synagogue. Though I enjoyed my volunteer work and derived much satisfaction from helping others and personal growth from positions of responsibility as an officer and board member within the organizations, I decided to go back to work as my daughter was entering high school. In contemplating what I would like to do during the next stage of my life, I realized that I would find it fulfilling to be a health and wellness coach and help and because I enjoy the aspects of helping others in their lives and the interpersonal relationships involved with coaching. I decided to go back to school and pursue a Master of Arts in Health and Wellness Coaching with a concentration in Integrative Health Practices from Maryland University of Integrative Health. I completed the program and earned my Masters in the Summer of 2017. In addition, I passed the first ever National Board Certification exam, administered by the National Board of Medical Examiners. The objective of the National Board Certification for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBC-HWC) is to ensure that coaches are following standards, ethics, and competencies set by the industry. For more information, please visit https://ichwc.org.