I am the youngest of four children. I was raised in Cleveland during the tumultuous 1960s race riots. As a teenager I lived in the Cleveland suburbs, experiencing the nastiness of others as a mixed-race child using music to break barriers. At 16, my mother and I moved to Philadelphia where I graduated from high school. I completed a BS in Computer Information Systems, Cum Laude, and an AS in Paralegal Studies, Summa Cum Laude.
I retired as a Navy Master Chief (E9) after 25 years of active duty. I was stationed at Andrews AFB, NAS Oceana, North Island, Point Mugu; in Spain and Puerto Rico; onboard carriers Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt during both Gulf Wars. I worked the flightdeck/flightline; signed aircraft safe for flight; was leading Senior Chief for over 300 on a carrier; and the Command Master Chief for with over 400 Sailors and Marine Corps instructors and 19,000 students. I am the widow of an active-duty service member.
In the Daughters of the American Revolution I was: Chapter Chaplain; Virginia/National Vice-Chair Service for Veterans; page at several State Conferences/National Congresses; immigration/annual Flag Day ceremony participant/emcee. I volunteered at Woodstock and Centerville Elementaries, and Brandon Middle School. I am a choir member, lector, and former catechist at my church. I am a tax preparation volunteer and member of my civic league.
Two governors have appointed me to the Virginia Board of Veterans Services.