What was/is your field of study or professional interest?

I earned a Bachelors in Psychology, which has proved very useful throughout my professional life in retail management and volunteer service – it’s all about people!

Tell us about a mentor who has shaped your career/life.

Professionally – Margaret Allen was the buyer I worked for as an Executive Trainee at Buffums Department Stores (1978). She was tough, but when I finally got an “outstanding” review from her, I knew that I had earned it. In the Sorority – I had the good fortune to have a great chapter experience with lots of sisterhood in a small chapter that was growing. We had awesome alumnae support and involvement (advisors, local house corporation and active alumnae chapter) so it never occurred to me to stop being involved in Delta Zeta. I had the privilege to work with Norma Minch Andrisek, Gamma Alpha – Baldwin Wallace (OH), as a Province Collegiate Director, Regional Collegiate Director and National Council member – her example of leadership through thoughtful listening and decisive action resonated with me.

What has been a valuable life lesson you have learned?

The best decisions come through thoughtful discussion, where all sides are heard, which result in purposeful compromise. When you tell the truth/follow the rules, you never have to search for an explanation later.

Why do you give graciously to the Delta Zeta Foundation?

Why wouldn’t I choose to give back to an organization that has given me so much? My husband and I don’t have children of our own, so this gives us an opportunity to leave a legacy for young women. Serving as a volunteer at the national level, I say that I have 15,000+ daughters, but I don’t pay their tuition!              

What is your favorite line of the Creed and why?

“To the World” – because we present ourselves to the world every day. This can be local or global. We have a choice to be positive and leave a mark of ourselves and of Delta Zeta that makes us proud.