How long have you been at SMCM?
What path led you to St. Mary’s?
I moved back to the area in 2006. I previously left a position at the University of Delaware and wanted to continue working in a college environment.
What do you do by day?
Early mornings are spent in Goodpaster Hall cleaning and setting up bathrooms and office spaces for the day-to-day building operations. In the late mornings I go to Dorchester Hall to clean the dorms for residents.
What do you do with your evenings/weekends?
They are mostly spent with grandchildren. I have five (ages 12, 10, 4, 2, and 17 months) and I, along with their aunt–my oldest daughter, help provide the daily care of them. I’m not a once-a-year or once-a-month grandma, I’m an EVERY day ‘Grandma! Grandma!’
What is your favorite off-campus lunch spot?
Olive Garden—I LOVE their salad. The vegetables are so crisp and of course the salad dressing really makes it wonderful.
What would colleagues be surprised to find out about you?
I think I’m pretty much an open book with not many surprises.
What is the most interesting/surprising job you’ve ever had?
Executive Secretary for the Department of Multi-systemic Therapy of Psychotherapeutic Services, Inc. in Dover, Delaware. They provided behavioral counseling for children ages 6-21. As the executive secretary I also got to transcribe notes from the doctors’ sessions—it was very interesting. It was only a part-time and a temporary position but I loved that job and I think the experience of seeing what all those children went through helped me in raising my grandchildren, which was a challenge at first with so many of the babies close in age, but it’s so worth it to provide them a better life.