I live with my husband (formerly my children) on 22 acres of reestablished prairie and timber near Cedar Falls, Iowa. I graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in child development and elementary education. After teaching for a number of years, I returned to school and received a MS from Iowa State University in Guidance and Counseling. For ten years I was employed by the Cedar Falls School System as an elementary school counselor. I have been a school teacher, a camp director, a community college counselor, a clinical director for a methadone clinic, a therapist, a counselor at the local jail. I received my Ph.D. in Education and Counseling from Iowa State University in the spring of 1997 and subsequently was a Program Chair and Assistant Professor at Drake University in the Counseling Euducation Program. Following Drake I was an Assistant Professor in the Counseling Program at the University of Northern Iowa. I retired in 2014. I am licensed as a mental health practitioner.
Wildlife Rehabilitation and Animal Assisted/Therapy Activities are my passion and are part of my life-style. Our home has offered a haven for a multitude of animals and foster children through the years. Currently we live with a variety of domestic animals. I am a licensed wildlife rehabilitator and yearly we take in many orphaned or injured wild animals. I was on the founding board of the Iowa Wildlife Rehabilitator’s Association and am a past President. I have also helped organize a non-profit group of local volunteers that help with rehabilitation, the Black Hawk Wildlife Rehabilitation Project.
In addition, in 1983, I helped to organize P.E.T. P.A.L.S., a local Animal Assisted Activities/Therapy program, still promenant today. I have been both coordinator and advisor for that group. Animals are incorporated into my profession as a therapist when appropriate. Nature as a Guide is a book I wrote about the application of animals, plants, and nature in Counseling, Therapy, and Education. I do frequent educational presentations and speeches on Animal Assisted Activities/Therapy, wildlife rehabilitation, the environment, and human behavior both locally and nationally.
Currently I continue to enjoy being a wildlife rehabilitator, a therapist who sometimes encorporates animal/nature assisted therapy into my work, as an instructor, and a grandma for five awesome grandchildren!