I obtained my bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 1972; my major was industrial arts with an emphasis in graphic design. At the same time, I received my teaching certification, and taught shop classes (welding, wood working, small engine repair—the whole nine yards), to grades 3-12 and Special Ed students. I moved to Montana in the early 70s to raise my family. With fifteen years of professional experience in the graphic design field, I've done everything from running 4-color presses to shooting commercials to mass production silkscreen work. Joining the Montana University System in 1994 and recruited into EPSCoR in 1998, were I am currently the Associate Director of and responsible for the management and oversight of the Montana NSF EPSCoR program. I am thoroughly addicted to the roller coaster ride my job provides. With a retired (recovering attorney), husband, four grown children (33, 32, 32, 29), scattered to the four winds, and two wonderful German short-hair pointers, I thoroughly enjoy life outside my career as well. Besides my family, I thrive on downhill skiing, hiking, canoeing, motorcycling my new Kawasaki Vulcan 500, long novels, and jewelry design. And, I'm still pretty good with a torch and a table saw!