As a member of the United States Alpine Ski Team from the age of sixteen to twenty-three, I was focused, disciplined, and a little arrogant. Throughout those eight years I lived success and failure on a world-class level, and endured the trauma of injuries. Plus I had the rare opportunity to experience quite a bit of the world. Working my way from a weed eater to the Vice President at Sugar Mountain Resort made me realize that loyalty, hard work, and respect really do matter.
After having served for ten years on the local community’s tourism development authority board, I became a more seasoned human being. The first time I chaired the North Carolina Ski Areas Association, I was confident and eager to make a difference. I still feel that way, even when the “good ol’ boy” clan thinks they can stand in my way. I am privileged every month when I sit at the table as a member of the Williams YMCA of Avery County’s executive board.
When I first earned a private pilot’s license, I would see airplanes flying in the sky and couldn’t believe that I was a pilot too. I’m still a competitor in everything I do, not just sports. I love the journey of a challenge and am especially honored when I can create opportunities for those eager to take them.
I grew up in Lee, Massachusetts, attended St. Mary’s School, Lee High School, and Stratton Mountain School in Vermont. I put myself through college and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.
My parents gave me an older sister, an identical twin sister, and a little brother. I am a wife and mom, who won the blue ribbon three times for my chocolate chip cookie in the Avery County Fair.