Hometown: Honeoye Falls, NY
Degree(s): BS in Psychology (PSU), MS Criminal Justice (Michigan State University)
Class Year(s): 1992
Current or previous employer and a brief professional summary:
Currently I own and operate Regional Career & Employment Services; an employment consultation practice serving individuals in Western NY and the Finger Lakes Region.
Throughout my career, I have been passionate about coaching and supporting others to identify an occupation and work-style that will synergize with their lifestyle.
I have spent most of my career evolving professionally as a vocational rehabilitation counselor in a variety of private and not-for-profit settings. I love to use my creativity to develop professional collateral that offers job seekers the best presentation of their skills as possible. This includes developing resumes, curriculum vitae’s, letters of introduction, cover letters and etc.
Why did you choose Plymouth State?
To be honest, it’s my brother’s fault. He graduated high school 3 years ahead of me and attended New England College in Henniker, NH. I would go up with my parents to visit and instantly fell in love with New Hampshire and knew I wanted to go to school in the White Mountains. My brother thought that was great only no way was I allowed to go to NEC because it was too small for us both. With a little research and one college visit, I felt like I could really love it there. The rest is history.
How did your Plymouth State education prepare you for your career?
I think the biggest thing I learned at Plymouth State was how to learn and be successful in life. I enjoyed my major classes and studying the subject matter I wanted, but it was the other classes that weren’t so enjoyable that taught me how to accomplish something I didn’t necessarily think I wanted. Of course as an adult I have learned that you should never stop learning, so having honed that ability at Plymouth has been my greatest take away.
How do you spend your “free” time?
I do spend a lot of time traveling back and forth to NH these days. Between Board meetings, friends in the area and now the proud parent of a Plymouth State Freshman, I probably should be taking up residence in the area soon. I enjoy spending time at home with my son in high school and love attending his football games in the fall. Other than that, I devote a lot of time to my business and the clients I serve while throwing in a game or two at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing and home improvement project or two.
What inspired you to serve on the PSUAA Board of Directors?
One of my sorority sisters had done it for 7 years prior to the opening I applied for and always admired her work with the Board. I loved Plymouth State but never went up to campus. I wanted an excuse to come back and I am grateful that I did. It has provided me with an opportunity to offer my enthusiasm for all things Plymouth State and share that with others who feel the same. I have been on the Board now for 6 years and cannot believe my second term is almost over.
What do you hope to accomplish as a member of the PSUAA Board of Directors?
Contribute my professional skills in the job search industry to support students of all ages. I love to work with students just starting out in their career and offer them guidance to embrace their passions and face their professional goals head on.
Why is it important for alumni to stay connected with Plymouth State?
When you run into someone in a random place and discover you both went to Plymouth State, there is always a smile. I have never met anyone whose life wasn’t changed by their experience there. We all share something very special and that doesn’t have to end when we graduate and move on.
Favorite book, movie, or TV Show?
Big Bang Theory, Law & Order: SVU, American Horror Story and Hoarders.