As a "Jersey Girl," raised in Maplewood, NJ, I developed a love for the Blue Ridge and finally moved to VA in 1998. I earned my B.A. from Susquehanna University (yeah, try to say that) in PA, my teaching credentials from the University of Delaware, and my M.S. from Radford University. Prior to becoming a CommonHealth Regional Coordinator, I have worked in public education, private colleges, and at the YMCA.
Why did you choose health education as a career field?
After gaining some weight (and developing asthma) after graduating from college, I decided I was going to do something about it. Around the same time I got a post card from Team in Training and decided to do my first marathon with them for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. That experience has changed my life - I felt so much better, my asthma improved drastically. Since that time, I learned to run, swim, and cycle and have completed several triathlons. So after gaining this interest in fitness and working in public education, private colleges, and the YMCA, I realized how important health was to me and wanted to share my passion with others.
What do you love most about your job?
What don't I love!? Actually, I love talking with everyone: hearing about challenges and successes and sharing easy tips with others!
Do you want to share with your agencies?
You don't need a lot of time to get in shape! Intervals can work wonders for training and calorie burning.
You can be green and also get your fitness in by walking and cycling for errands. Talk a walk/run outside and the fresh air will refresh you and it is greener than a treadmill or an elliptical.