Hi, I’m Mary, and I wear many hats. I’m a wife, mom, nurse, clown, Air Force Reserve officer, and toastmaster, to mention a few.
I was born in Washington, DC (hmmm-m-m-m-m) years ago. My father was an employee of the DC transit, and he operated the old fashioned street cars. When I was two, I ended up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, where daily I experienced the wonders of the valley and mountains, all blended into a wonderful array of colors and scenery. As a child, I took those experiences for granted, but looking back, that area is truly the most beautiful in the world.
After attending multiple schools, with various majors, I finally settled on a major and graduated from Radford University (near Roanoke, VA) with a BS nursing. I moved to the Midwest in 1981, lived in Indiana for a decade, had all of my kids, and finally joined the Air Force in 1990. They promised me I could see the world in the Air Force, so my first assignment was in Ohio. Wow. I became enthralled with flight nursing, and was transferred to Scott AFB, IL, and after that, I did truly see the world. I had the opportunity to travel all 50 states, Europe, parts of Asia, and Africa. By 1997, I was a single mom, so I accepted an assignment at Wright Patterson AFB, and moved to back to Ohio. Since then, I’ve obtained my Master of Public Administration degree, left active duty Air Force, became a reserve officer, remarried, obtained my Master of Science of Nursing, and had the opportunity to deploy over seas for three assignments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
I currently work at a hospital in Washington State as a critical care nursing director.
My hobbies include running, creating jewelry, writing,and clowning.