As Director of Philanthropy, I secure private funding from individuals who are passionate about nature, wildlife conservation and environmental protection. Our Advancement team is housed in the Petaluma office, but we work around the State to support the incredible world-changing work of our Point Blue scientists and staff.  I work closely with Point Blue field staff to meet families interested in our climate-smart initiatives, strengthen relationships with loyal supporters, and engage new members in advancing the health of the planet.

I grew up in the rural Midwest and received a B.S. in Horticulture from Purdue University.  As owner of a flower shop for 14 years, I also led garden tours around the globe.  I love travel and have visited 28 countries.  After receiving a certificate in Fundraising Management from Indiana University Center for Philanthropy, I worked in development for Purdue University Agriculture, then Directed the Foundation for Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, and to Stanford Medical Center developing a start-up research institute before moving to Santa Rosa.  Recently, I directed the fundraising efforts at St. Joseph Health/Sonoma.  Science is fascinating to me, especially discoveries and advances that improve the quality of life for all.

My love of the environment and agriculture stems from helping in the yard and garden, and from weekends on our family farm where we had free rein of the river, land, and nature.   During college I became a birder, an avid gardener, and interested in ecology.  Time spent on the Lake Michigan shoreline as well as the beaches along the Florida gulf have influenced my desire to preserve and conserve our big blue planet.  In spare time, I love hiking and discovering the California landscapes as well as investigating the shores of the Pacific Ocean.