How did you end up here in the College of Forestry?
I’m a third-generation Beaver! I ran track here, and after I graduated, I lived in California for a year and a half before going back to school to get my teaching certificate so I could be a physical education teacher, but at that time, the job market was really competitive, so one of my friends suggested I get a job on campus. I worked in the registrar’s office for five years and in The School of Civil and Construction Engineering for a month shy of 20 years. I’ve been here for five.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
The people. I love my colleagues and the students I advise.
Do you still run? What are your other hobbies?
I can’t run anymore, unfortunately. I had two knee surgeries, and I didn’t get the therapy I needed right away, so I never got back into. I like to play computer games and spend time with my family. I have one sister who lives here in town, and she has two kids. My older son lives in Albany with his three kids. I have step son in New Zealand, and we were able to visit him there about five years ago.
That’s amazing. Do you travel a lot?
Not really, but I do go to Maui every year. We like to go for the women’s basketball tournament and experience 84-degree and sunny December days.
Have you read any good books lately?
Right now I’m rereading the Hunger Games. I love those types of books.
If you were an ice cream flavor, what kind would you be?
Chocolate. It’s my favorite. And it has to be Umpqua ice cream.
What’s the scariest thing you’ve done for fun?
I’ve been zip-lining in Hawaii a few times, and I enjoy white-water rafting. My sister wants to skydive, but I would never do that.