January 28, 2010
From my birthplace and youth in the fields and woods of Gogebic County in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, I have now also lived in Minnesota, Northern Ontario, Switzerland, Toronto Ontario, and Salt Lake City Utah. I graduated from Suomi College (now Finlandia College) with an Associates in Art degree and then a B.S. in Business Adminisration from Michigan Technological University. I married George Albert and we had three wonderful children with whom I stayed at home for fifteen years. Once we moved to Utah, I entered the workforce and had fabulous career with a small publishing company that published a monthly women's magazine (network), then studied to become a Certified Financial Planner, and went on to be the Executive Director of the Women's Business Center, helping women and minorities to set-up and start businesses. Now, I do some small business consulting and am active in my community as a member of many organizations mostly working for the advancement of women and girls, minorities, and refugees, as well as healthcare issues. I maintain my balance by gardening and enjoying the arts and documentary films, spending time with grand children and on an island in Northern Ontario in the summers. I also read, do needlework, cook and bake, and walk some most everyday.