I grew up in the First United Methodist Church of Audubon, Iowa; my step-grandfather was a Methodist minister. Before directing VUU’s bell choir, I directed one at the United Methodist Church of Casa Grande. My husband, Paul and I were UCCP members before joining VUU. We became disenchanted with that denomination’s policy of not allowing “out” gays and lesbians to serve as ministers and visited VUU. We found the first VUU principle (everyone’s inherent dignity and worth) to be refreshing. Since I joined VUU in 2015, I have volunteered as Chalice Ringer director (bell choir),thus becoming the third generation of my family to direct bell choir. I am also a vocal choir member as well as a member of its Finance Committee.
As an attorney with my own firm, I specialize in family law, focusing on vulnerable groups such as women, children, domestic-violence victims, native Americans, LGBTQ persons and companion animals. In spare time I quilt and do crafts, research family history, sing, give piano lessons, help rescue cats and dogs, and just spend time with my husband Paul, my cat Cheddar, and my dog, Emma.