My Bio: I grew up in a tight knit family, the 2nd eldest of six children. Early childhood was steeped in Air Force traditions and the camaraderie of military life. Eight millimeter home movies captured the love I felt growing up.
After the military, our family moved to a small town in Alabama.
In Junior High, I experienced the upheaval of the Vietnam War and Civil Rights marches. Evening news was filled with reports of body counts, marches, riots, and assignations. The drama was unsettling but a small town offered refuge from the war and social unrest.
In 1972, I entered college not quite sure what I was supposed to be doing. With the guidance of my mother, four years later I graduated with a degree in nursing and moved anywhere for a more exciting life.
Anywhere was Michigan and like many 23 year olds I started out with a big ego. I wanted respect and responsibility so my nursing career started with drama in the ICU. After a year, I became restless and moved to another hospital and another city.
I tried to reconcile nursing and medicine; to find my place in the healthcare system but my restlessness continued. Eventually, I threw in the towel on my nursing career and then the epiphany came that changed my life.
Thanksgiving – 1981 – while sitting with my mother-in-law and complaining about my nursing career she looked at me and said, “If I were a nurse, I would be so proud”. At that moment, my eyes were opened and I felt empowered.
In 1983, I started a Home Health Care Agency and was very successful. Eventually, I sold the business and needed a new role. In 1989 I began working as Geriatric Care Manager but decided a master’s degree in nursing would provide more opportunity.
I graduated in 1993 and moved to Georgia to practice as a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. When my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, I returned to Alabama to help her navigate the healthcare maze and become her caregiver.
During that year, I was a family caregiver, professional caregiver and financial planning assistant. Similarities in financial planning and nursing intrigued me so I develop a program to help families plan for later life security.
Eventually, I obtained the certifications needed for comprehensive financial planning, and today, I work with families to Plan for the-Personal and Financial-Impact of Aging and Chronic Conditions.