I left for boot camp in 1982. I guess you can say I joined in January 1981. They had the “Delayed Entry Program” back then. During that time, they had an advertisement slogan stating it’s not just a job but an adventure! Well, it sure was an adventure for me. I went in as a corpsman and later in my career, I was accepted into the Independent Duty Corpsman School (IDC). This happened during a time when they were very selective and were not admitting females into that school readily. They allowed one female to a class, if even that! That was a big win-fall for me, and I was proud to represent the NEC 8425s. I was also dual military. My spouse and I took turns being deployed. One of those deployments turned out to be the first Gulf War! I left a very young five-month-old baby with two other boys at home with my husband. It was a challenge but we both survived! We managed through it all to raise those three boys into wonderful young men. My husband and I will be celebrating 33 years of a happy marriage this November. Some would say that being a dual military family is impossible and those marriages are not successful. I say it made our marriage stronger! I am very active in my church. I am an ordained Eldress, teach bible study in the city jails every week, and travel throughout the state to the state-run prisons. My “second career” turned out to be medical education. I have been a departmental educational chair for more than 11 years. Through this career choice, I have been blessed to receive a number of corporate awards, several divisional awards and local campus awards. I love what I do. My CSU degree, which I earned suma cum laude, hangs proudly in my office for all students to see when they enter.
Class of 2012, BS Health Care Administration
Named 2014 Woman of the Year with
National Association of Professional Women