I always find it interesting writing specifically about myself. It seems a little pretentious but here I go.
The first thing I want you to know is that I love being a woman and working with other women. I find us interesting and entertaining. This does not mean that I don’t like my male counterparts; life would be very boring without them.
MY FIRST EXPERIENCE WITH WOMEN’S ISSUES
I grew up in a rural community around strong women who were good role models. I saw these women raise families, do all of the domestic chores, help farm, and be the primary participants in community life such as helping at the school, the church, and other local activities. These were busy hardworking women who basically ran the community, but often received little recognition for their hard work. I remember feeling very irritated when I heard a man say that a woman had no business serving on a school board. Hmmm I thought to myself, they practically run the school and do all the extra work, but they are not qualified to serve on a school board. It didn’t make sense to me. I think that this is one of the events that triggered my passion for women’s issues. (I am happy to say that over the years their perspective about the role of women has changed.)
My mother was one of these remarkable women. She was always there to help and encourage both my brother and I. My mother had always wanted to go to college, but didn’t have the opportunity, so she wanted to make sure that I was able to go. While other girls my age found a job or got married, off I went to college. I will always be thankful for the privilege of being able to get an advanced education. However, what I am most proud of is that at the age of 60+ my mother finally got her wish and attended a local community college.
I have much for which to be thankful. God provided me with a fantastic husband. Jon, is always there for me and has supported and encouraged me over the years. Now to make every woman jealous, over the last few years he has done all of the grocery shopping and cooking (I think I have died and gone to heaven). He is a great cook!
I have one child, Kristen, who is married. I am proud of the woman that she has become. Most importantly, she and her husband, Paul, have blessed us with our first grandchild. We are head over heels in love with Micah. He is the cutest baby in the world!
I love education and my husband tells me that he has never seen anyone get as excited over a good textbook as I do. I have a MA in Education and a Ph.D. in Family and Child Ecology. Most of my professional years were spent teaching health courses such as nutrition and stress management. I continue to do stress management training and also work as a facilitator for a consortium that engages K-14 educators in the area of teacher leadership.
In 2008-2009 I went on a sabbatical and traveled over Asia and Africa conducting stress management workshops for World Relief staff. I ended the sabbatical by teaching education courses at ABC University in Yekepa, Liberia. My sabbatical experience changed my life. When I returned back to the states, God just would not let go of me. I felt He was guiding me to leave the college where I was teaching and start giving back. So, for the last 1½ years I have been Dean of the College of Education at ABC University. I currently travel back and forth to Liberia. It has been a joy and an adventure.
If you read my postings, it won’t take you long to figure out that I have a Christian worldview. I am profoundly thankful for what God has done in my life and that Jesus Christ is my Savior. As a Christian woman I am convinced that God sees me equal to my male counterpart and that His heart is broken about what is happening to many women around the world. I believe that He puts spiritual shoes on our feet so that we can go out and serve and help others.
We do live in a fallen world, filled with all kinds of craziness. But that should not stop us; God has equipped us for His good work and to complete the race He has marked out for each one of us.
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God