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Born in Salem, Massachusetts, I spent my childhood in the New Hampshire countryside, experiencing sisterhood as the youngest of three daughters, each with our own dad-built tree house. I will forever treasure the particular magnificence of all-girl, tree-house, tea parties.
Perhaps because my imagination and creativity were allowed to flourish throughout my young life, by early adulthood I realized I’d been put on this earth to follow my own path, rather than someone else’s. I then studied theater, classical ballet, music, writing and, more recently, the Art of Empowerment.
From 1995-2008 I wrote, produced and directed family entertainment, coaching my students to find their own power by, ‘conquering,’ an audience. As a result of experiencing breast cancer, I created and performed a one-woman show, in order to provide information, humor, support and comfort to women with cancer. This News led to keynote, motivational speaking. In 2005 I graduated from the Empowerment Institute and have since led numerous empowerment workshops for young women. My current works, both written and spoken, focus on leadership through empowerment.
In addition to being a nominee for the Lance Armstrong Spirit of Survivorship Award, I have received awards from the National Council on Family Relations, the National Educational Media Association, the Long Island Film Festival, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Florida and others.
In 2012, having attended The New Seminary in New York City, I was ordained as an Interfaith minister in order to pursue both crisis and search & rescue ministry. During my seminary years I was a United Nations delegate to the Commission on the Status of Women, and I was also invited to apply for a mentorship with World Pulse.
I believe I may have saved my own life, more than once, by clinging to my sense of humor. Having remained standing in the face of some very strong winds, I now consider it a privilege to guide others to empowerment.