Tell us a little about your background (where you grew up, your family, your career, etc.)
I grew up in Shawano 1 of 6 children. When I graduated from high school I wanted to be an engineer, but my parents did not feel it was appropriate for a female and made me become a hairstylist.
That progressed to retail management at Pranges and Kmart. At 30 I decided to go back to college which then turned into a job in broadcast. I was in both radio and TV, the last 20 years with channel 5. I have also freelanced for advertising agencies.
What made you decide to volunteer for Habitat?
My first year of retirement I caught up on all the projects that never quite got finished. The second year I had an exchange student from Argentina which was an interesting experience to be a mom for the first time at 67. The 3rd year I had a litter of puppies and that’s when I decided there had to be more to life than ME.
When I bought my house, the mail man stopped and asked if I really bought this piece of junk. Great start. Since the,n I completely dry walled the house, 14 new windows, all new trim, moved the front door 15 feet, put in two new bathrooms, new kitchen, new plumbing. I could not afford a contractor so with the guidance of family and friends and lots of books, I learned to rehab. So Habitat was a natural for me.
When not volunteering with Habitat what do you do? (other volunteering, hobbies, work, etc.)
I am into dogs, I have two grand champions and one champion (soon to be grand champion) Briards. Hopefully she will make it to Westminster. I teach dog confirmation, and I also teach 4-H dog Agility. I love working with the kids in 4-H; it is great fun to watch them grow with their dogs through the classes.
During the winter I have a small green house that is still evolving. I was on the board for Octoberfest for 22 years, managed all the bars and got the 200 hundred volunteers every year. I am also involved in the Appleton Rotary: I chaired their medical project for 15 years and now work with the youth exchange.
What do you enjoy most about Habitat? (what work do you like most, what keeps you coming back, etc.)
The people, it is fun to go to work where everyone wants to be there. I also love learning, which you do a lot of with Habitat. My first love is rehab, it is like a puzzle with always unknown. You have to think out of the box and adjust to what the house has to offer. (Kevin F that does not include painting!) All kidding aside, I go where they need me and do what they need done Rehab, New or Rock the Block. Even painting. That what volunteering is all about.
What is something about you that might be a surprise to those with whom you volunteer
I hate having my picture taken and I am uncomfortable in large crowds.