A WANDERING PATH TO A DIRECT ROUTE

It seemed to be a wandering path that brought me to my work as a philanthropic advisor and the luxury of earning a living helping others to do good. My journey started in, and returned to, Texas with stops in Arizona, California and San Juan Island, Washington along the way.

I attended college at Arizona State University where I earned 2 Masters’ Degrees &  a PhD, and taught composition in the English Department. I loved my years in academics, studying, learning, teaching & writing—all of it. 

When it was time to move on, I became a financial advisor, first with Merrill Lynch, and then with Smith Barney where I became a VP and found my partner in work and in life- Dan Selak. 

This rewarding career ended when I became ill, but the quiet time that followed allowed me to return to writing. My physician, Dr. Steven Overman, and I wrote the book You Don’t LOOK Sick! Living Well with Invisible Chronic Illness and spent years speaking at meetings and conferences, in our efforts to lift hope among those struggling to build meaningful lives with long term illness.

As I regained my health, I served in the non-profit sector, gaining experience as a founder, board leader, strategist and fundraiser. I decided to earn a new credential as a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® and embarked on a new career as a philanthropic advisor with Rodman & Associates.

When not working with generous people, I continue to write. Not surprisingly, my recent novel, CeeGee’s Gift, is the story of a young girl with a mysterious gift and how she learns to give it generously and for the benefit of others.

  In reflection, what once seemed to be a wandering path, now looks like a direct route.

We married and combined our families, including 6 teenagers. Together, we opened an office for the firm on San Juan Island, WA and managed over $100 million in diverse client assets.