I was born in Denver, Colorado but soon after moved with my family to Chicago, Illinois. I grew up in Illinois with my three sisters and a sadly outnumbered older brother. Eager to return to Colorado, I chose to attend the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.
After receiving my Masters in education at UNC, I found a great opportunity teaching first and second graders in Walden, Colorado. I was thrilled to be able to stay in a state I loved so much and met many lifelong friends. One of those friends became my husband. In 1981, Michael and I moved to Steamboat Springs together, where we discovered a community we loved. One year later we married, and by 1987 we found ourselves enthralled with, and overwhelmed by, three babies. By this time, our other child, Habitat, was just beginning a growth spurt and demanding lots of attention of its own. For years, Michael and I ran the company out of our home, even as it quickly expanded and gained a great reputation. As we have always been interested in environmental preservation, the goal of the company from its outset was to build energy efficient homes. Habitat received a certificate in 1995 for the first green-built subdivision in Colorado, Tamarack Point in Steamboat Springs, a project consisting of 29 homes. In 2000, the City spotlighted Habitat once again, awarding us the City's Shining Star Award for excellence in environmental commitment. One of Habitat's current projects is building the first Net Zero Energy home in Steamboat. Michael and I have built our company as we have built our family - with enthusiasm, love, and hard work. After almost thirty years, we are as happy as ever to be a part of the Steamboat community and look forward to many more years of commitment to this place our family calls "home".