I was born in Chicago IL, where I learned how to survive at a young age. During my adolescent years I moved to St. Paul MN, where I sought to find my path in life.
Although I was unsure of what I wanted to do in life, I knew that I liked helping people so I got involved working with people with disabilities.
I worked at an intermediate care facility as an Advocate for the developmentally disabled and later on as a Social Services Assistant for a nursing home facility. Although it was very fulfilling due to my ability to help others who needed it most, both facilities ultimately closed down. I decided that I wanted to contribute on a larger scale. I tried to become a firefighter, but did not get the job due to lack of experience. After that, I felt that going to college would be the best choice for me, but I had no way to finance it. The U.S. Army Reserves offered a hefty sign-on bonus as well as funding for school, so I took advantage of the opportunity.
I was able to get solid training with the medics in taking combat lifesaver courses, weapons qualifications, and self-defense tactics.
I immersed myself in many combat classes and MAC (Modern Army Combatives) training. During this time I continued to work full-time as a Therapeutic Recreation Director at a nursing facility while also taking night classes at Brown College to pursue my degree in Criminal Justice. I was working security on the weekends, where I met Ulrich.
Ulrich and I had a lot in common as far as personal protection and the concern of keeping others safe. He told me about Stun & Run Self Defense and I just had to be a part of it.
As a nursing home Activities Director, private security officer and Army Reservist, I understand how important physical security and self-preservation are as part of the human condition for survival. I share Ulrich’s vision to help prevent crime rather than react to it, as well as the desire to make Stun & Run Self Defense the top source for self-defense products and education in America.
This is my ultimate contribution: to help protect the innocent from the predators.
- Moved to Minnesota during the Halloween Blizzard of 1991