Born in Iowa in 1949 , I attended colleges in Minnesota, attaining a BS degree in Public Speaking. I then enlisted in the Navy, where I worked as a hospital psychiatric technician in Bethesda, Maryland. After the navy, I moved to Phoenix Arizona. There I studied for Christian ministry and received credentials in 1976. That year I also met Ricci, the love of my life. Together we pastored MCC churches for 15 years. In 1990 I became an RN and I have worked in Med.Surg/Geriatrics since then.