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

In college, my major field of study was mathematics with a minor in computer science. Professionally, I have a background in Quality Management, Customer Service, Logistics, business communications systems and general management.

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

I have had mentors both as a Delta Zeta volunteer and in my professional life. They exhibited exceptional leadership, communications and interpersonal skills. They had high expectations, but allowed one to make mistakes, with the expectation that one would correct the mistake and learn from it.

What has been a valuable life lesson you have learned?

I have learned several life lessons along the way. One is to be responsible and accountable for my decisions. Another is to appreciate that each of us is unique and may not approach things the same way I would. The third is to listen to understand, not listen to make a reply.

Why do you give graciously to the Delta Zeta Foundation?

I consider my giving as a gift for the next generation of Delta Zetas, whether the funds go for scholarships or leadership opportunities for future leaders. I also consider it my duty, as a Delta Zeta volunteer, to be an example for giving. Early on, I gave more of my time than I did funds to Delta Zeta, but I increased my giving when I was able. Giving is a personal choice, and I encourage all Delta Zetas to give, no matter the amount, as an investment for future generations of Delta Zeta.

What is your favorite line of the Creed and why?

“To myself, faith, that I may walk truly in the light of the flame” is one of my favorite lines. Delta Zeta will teach you to believe in yourself, and its values can anchor you throughout life. Having faith in oneself and adhering to your core beliefs is so important today.