I grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, but was born in Alaska, lived in Michigan, Key West, Miami, California, and Nashville (five times). I went to Vanderbilt University for two years as a pre-med student and then switched schools to the School of Communications at the University of Miami where I got my BFA in filmmaking and photojournalism.
After working in the film industry for several years, I got married, had a son and moved back to Nashville where there was no film industry, so I took up painting.I have been teaching painting and drawing for the past 20 years. During that time, I also went back to school at UCLA and got a paralegal certificate.
I am an avid tennis player and I play piano and sing. In the past three years, I have also gotten back to filmmaking, shooting journalistic videos as a side job.
BFA in Communications from the University of Miami, and paralegal certificate from UCLA
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Former newspaper reporter for the Dyersville Commercial and published author of short stories in the Moorpark Review
I have traveled to Russia, China, Europe, Mexico, Haiti and the Virgin Islands gaining a variety in intercultural experience.I have lived in Miami and Southern California where there are huge Hispanic populations. I also grew up in Alabama during the 1960s when the Civil Rights movement was in full bloom. During forced integration, I witnessed unspeakable violence as the races clashed and it left the indelible impression on me that racism rots society to the core, that it is something to be feared, that it must be eliminated.