After many years and careers I have found my calling. I have spent a lifetime enjoying the natural world planning camping vacations & trips for my family. The past two years have been spent as the Summer Camp Director of the Carolina Raptor Center Kids for Conservation Summer Day Camps. I have the honor of being the 1000th certified North Carolina Environmental Educator. I am set to graduate from Queens University of Charlotte with my Bachelors in Environmental Studies and a minor in Elementary Education in December 2013. I gained my certification as a Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification Program from the Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont. I am a proud 12 year veteran of the United States Navy and very happily married to a Retired Navy Chief Petty Officer. I am fortunate to have fantastic children and grandbabies!