When I was only 12, I decided to learn to ski after watching Penny Pitou win a bronze medal in the Olympics. Skiing at Hogback Mountain in VT and Otis Ridge in MA became a large part of my life. While teaching in El Paso, Texas, I was part of the ski patrol at Sierra Blanca in New Mexico. In addition to skiing, I enjoy gardening, birding, hiking, and most outdoor activities. Two of my most memorable experiences are working on the Alaskan Oil Spill in 1989 for six weeks and traveling to Turkey, Greece, and Poland in 2001. In my spare time I like to visit with my grandchildren in Connecticut and California.