Life Engagement Coordinator
I was born in Bemidji, Minnesota and graduated from high school in 1981. My mom is retired from BSU and my dad had his own sawmill/lumber business. My grandparents lived across the road from us on a farm and my other grandparents owned a resort on Grace Lake, nearby. So as a kid growing up, I felt I had the best of both worlds! I have one brother who is married with 3 grown kids. I live in Plymouth with my significant other of 30 years (not married/no kids, but have a shih tzu named Beavis).
Garry and I are both collectors. We belong to the Hamm’s Club (memorabilia relating to Hamm’s beer) and I collect Barbie Dolls.
I worked for Musicland Group (corporate office of Sam Goody, Suncoast, Media Play and On Cue stores) for close to 20 years as an Operations Coordinator. I had the opportunity to meet many different celebrities and artists and my house is full of music and movies from that era.
After being laid off from a job, my journey took a career change. I started helping out a couple of friends; Florence, who was 90 and Cleo, who was 95. I realized how much I enjoyed spending time with them – talking about their memories and journaling their stories and genealogy. It combined some of my interests (genealogy, photography and writing). From there I have worked in a couple different senior living communities in activities. I feel so blessed that my journey has brought me to Gianna Homes, especially because I am very faith based and spiritual.