I grew up in a small town in northwestern Ohio. My grandparents were farmers. My dad worked as an auto mechanic and logger when I was very young. When I was around ten, he started working in factories, eventually retiring from the Whirlpool Corporation.

My mother stayed at home when I was young. She did ironing for other families. When I was an adolescent, she went to work as a cook in a nursing home and continued working in nursing homes until her retirement.

After high school, I followed in my father’s footsteps and went to work on an assembly line at Whirlpool Corporation. During my third year on the line (assembling clothes dryers and dishwashers), I learned Transcendental Meditation. Meditation changed my life. Shortly thereafter I quit my factory job and started down the road to higher education.

I attended Maharishi International University (MIU), located in Fairfield, Iowa. MIU (now called Maharishi University of Management) is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. During my undergraduate studies, I interned at the National Archives in Washington, DC, working in the still and motion picture libraries. I received a Bachelor’s degree in Law, Government, and Public Affairs.

Cooking and Learning
After college, I followed somewhat in my mother’s footsteps and worked for a year as a vegetarian cook for a large family in Washington, DC. During this time I was fortunate enough to travel to India, meet many fascinating people, and broaden my worldview.

Graduate School
After my one year commitment as a cook ended, I returned to MIU to study professional writing. When I took a class in Technical Writing, I knew that I had found a career opportunity that would prove to be interesting, challenging, and fun.


I live a peaceful, small-town life in Iowa—the land of the “emerald horizon” and sapphire blue skies that go on and on forever. A transplanted Ohioan, I have lived in Iowa for over 38 years now and consider it home.

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