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In 1985, I married the love of my life. Being a nontraditional family, we have raised three older adoptive children from abusive backgrounds. We learned more than we ever knew about physical and sexual abuse, Bi-polar, PTSD, ADHD, attempted suicide, depression, neglect, misdiagnosis, social services, abusive relationships, and international family law. Now we have three adult children, five grandchildren, and a bilingual family.
My education has traversed the US; first with a BA in history at Louisiana Tech, followed in Kansas City with a Masters of Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Seminary and in Seattle with a Master of Arts in Education with a focus on Special Education.
While at Louisiana Tech I served six years in the Louisiana National Guard in an engineering company. Throughout it all, I worked for a national retail store as department manager, management support and human resources. In Louisiana, Missouri, and Washington I served churches in youth, singles, as pastor, and as church planter with all ages and economic levels.
In 2006, I shifted to being a Special Education Teacher. My final school was Marysville-Pilchuck High School here in Washington where I was the teacher for medically fragile students. At Marysville-Pilchuck I was changed by many beautiful powerful talented students.
The most impactful change took place on October 24, 2014 at 10:40 am when MP became the sight of a mass murder and suicide. This was a day with so much horror and so much good at the same time. The lasting impact on my life is PTSD. PTSD taught my heart to be open and receptive in a new way. Through PTSD, I discovered I had been living with depression.
2015 brought change and transformation with a year of coach training with Accomplishment Coaching. I opened my life coach practice and that summer left education to become a full-time entrepreneur as coach, speaker, and writer.
My life has always been about serving people and the world. I gratefully continue serving as coach, speaker, and writer. Becoming a coach was a dream come true.
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