I was born and raised in Chicago and, with my ex-husband, moved to California, Oregon, Nevada, then back to California after my divorce. While in Thousand Oaks, I worked briefly at Amgen, was self-employed as a Notary Public, and worked as a part-time employee of a temporary agency while attending college to become an Addictive Disorders Counselor. I came to Charlottesville looking for part-time work after moving here from Thousand Oaks, California to retire. After working for Dr. Bolton (then the Chief of Nephrology) in the Division of Nephrology for a few months, I decided to take the full time position as Executive Secretary, later becoming timekeeper, secretary to 4 other doctors, a member of the Staff Advisory Committee and for five years serving as the Fellowship Coordinator for the Division of Nephrology.
I loved living in California, but became flooded with emotions that said it was time to leave; gut feelings have never steered me in a harmful direction. But where should I go? Originally from Chicago I knew I could not go back there, I had become used to living in smaller communities (Oregon, Nevada and California) — the weather in Chicago — brrrrrr! At the time I had a cousin who lived here and thought Charlottesville was beautiful, the weather perfect and I would be closer to family. My son eventually moved to Virginia and now lives with his wife in Richmond. I sold my townhouse in California and bought one here – six months later the housing market tanked! Financially and for my health’s sake, I am happy with my decision to move to Charlottesville.
What excites you about your work?
I am working with dedicated, caring and knowledgeable doctors who truly care about the welfare of their patients. Originally, I didn’t want to work full time, but after working for Dr. Bolton for a few months I felt I was working for one of the most honorable, respectful, hardworking, knowledgeable, caring doctors I had ever met in my life. He mentors young doctors and always has time and a patient ear for his patients and peers. He loves his work, and it shows in the time and heart he puts into his “doctoring”. He is a respectful and loving family man — I couldn’t ask for a better boss.
Proudest/greatest achievement outside the professional realm?
Mentoring my great granddaughter Jailyn! She is awesome. Jailyn graduated from 5th grade with no less than 9 achievement awards cementing her role as a member of STEM in Atlanta, GA. She visits me every summer and attends Camp Triple C — she is now looking forward to becoming a Triple C counselor. Her future plans? She wants to become a veterinarian but hasn’t decided which, small or large animals.
I would love to be a pediatric doctor. Adults don’t listen to their doctors, but they do respect the advice of doctors when it comes to their children.
What are you usually doing on the weekend?
Weekends find me taking myself to a concert, play, movie, browsing thrift/consignment shops, sewing, practicing Tai Chi or just relaxing and reading a good mystery.
Favorite vacation/activity spot?
Everywhere! I find something interesting and fun no matter where I travel. My bucket list for travel includes Africa, China and Alaska.
Most admired person and why?
Actually I have two — Nelson Mandela and Maya Angelou. Their faith in the human race has never wavered. The patience, love, compassion and forgiveness for God’s children they exhibited bring tears to my eyes and shame to my soul.
Best advice anyone gave to you?
My mother constantly, constantly repeated over and over, “Tell the truth and shame the devil.” I detest a liar!
What about you would surprise us?
I love fishing, hunting and shooting.