My road in life has taken me all over.
My college major was actually German but I loved math too, so had a double major w / education block.
Taught high school math & was girls' swim team coach for 2 yrs. I was too close in age to the kids.
Quit & moved to Berlin, Germany; did youth work in the German Protestant Church. Got married.
Came back to the States & attended seminary (with husband) which included chaplaincy training.
Worked as a chaplain in a psychiatric hospital for 7 years. Moved; pregnant with 2nd child.
Stay at home mom & part-time jobs: child care; non-profit admin. assist.; college math tutor.
Part-time admin. assist. & bookkeeper for historic house museum then bookkeeper at current job.
Been at current job for 10 years; it quickly became full-time & I took on more & more responsibility.


Director of Finance and Administration

I work for a non-profit. The mission statement is: helping people understand how the stuff we use shapes the planet we share.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Problem Solving

Day to Day

I don't have a typical work day. I get bored if I don't have a lot of variety. I turn on my computer, enter bills, & pay those that are due within 10 days. I write a monthly BRING Insider newsletter that goes out with the paychecks; I use a publishing program for that. I am safety coordinator so I write up the minutes from the last meeting. I send out the staff schedule for our quarterly community newsletter. I fill out forms for our health insurance renewal & do customer count data entry.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

At any education level, things that are important: being well-rounded, reading a lot, writing well, getting solid math skills, knowing what is important to you (what are your values?). I have always worked for non-profits (quite a variety). I am sure I could earn more money working for a for-profit company, but I earn enough & feel that what I do matters. Know what brings you joy. I need to make music. I do that outside of work to keep myself balanced. Don't live your job - set boundaries.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:


The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"We don't understand your love of German(y)."

Challenges I Overcame

Gangs / Violence