I was raised in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. I received a B.A. in Sociology from Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts. My professional career has been in product development and direct to consumer management for Roots Clothiers, Inc.; J Crew, Inc.; J. Peterman Catalog; Esprit de Corps; and USAA Merchandise Services, Inc. holding positions as product manager, divisional manager, general manager, and vice-president. I am a certified Texas Master Naturalist and a Board Member of the Alamo Area Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist since 2007. I am an avid international traveler and wildlife enthusiast. I have resided in San Antonio since 2002.
I am a member of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, a native San Antonian, and a certified Texas Master Naturalist. I hold a B.A. in Biology from Incarnate Word College (now the University of the Incarnate Word) and M.A. degrees in Social Work and Public Health from St. Louis University, St.Louis, Missouri. My professional experience includes 15 years as a Research Associate at the U.T. Health Science Center at San Antonio, 2 years as a Social Worker with the Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital School-Based Clinics and over 20 years in various roles at Visitation House Ministries, working & living with women & children experiencing homelessness. I am excited and blessed to now enter a new phase of ministry as the first Sister to serve as a staff person for Headwaters at Incarnate Word. As a Sister, nature lover, and passionate fly fisher, I must say that I feel closest to God and in touch with the interconnectedness of all creation when I immerse myself in the natural world. I believe that the Headwaters sanctuary is “holy ground”, a place “where people are encouraged to reflect and find meaning in their connection with the Earth, themselves, and each other” and I look forward to being part of that encouragement.
I have been married to Mary for 45 years; two children; two grandchildren. We retired to San Antonio in 2008 and joined the Texas Master Naturalists volunteer program in 2009, which is how I discovered Headwaters Sanctuary. I fell in love with Headwaters’s vision of a restored native forest at the source of the San Antonio River. First, I volunteered, and then I started coordinating the volunteers, and now I’m on the Board. Phew. I want to help grow this teaching ministry about Earth care, which is well outside of my historical comfort zone. My B.S. is in Aerospace Engineering (worked for NASA in the early 70’s); my PhD is in Mechanical Engineering; my education and career was at Virginia Tech, Cornell University, Princeton University, and ExxonMobil doing research on fuels and lubricants, and on information and patent searching. Now, here I am, running chainsaws and the Headwaters volunteer database.