Born and lived: Born and raised in Kansas. After graduate school, lived in Atlanta, Georgia; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Charlottesville, Virginia. Currently residing in Birmingham, MI.
early life: High school in Overland Park, KS; B.A. Business Administration & Spanish, Michigan State University; Master of International Business Studies, University of South Carolina (all in the 80s).
professional career and activities: 1989-1994: Product manager at a banking start-up; 1994-2013: 20 different jobs (and 24 different bosses!) at LexisNexis, starting as a Marketing Manager, then as a Director/Sr. Director of product management, then as Vice President & General Manager of several different market segments; 2014-2015 Chief Operating Officer at Weather Analytics, a weather data start-up. 2015: started at Gale.
Family: Three children, two in college and one in high school; two dogs (beagle mix rescues) and one husband.
in my spare time: Reading, cooking, hiking. I keep a list of books I want to get at the library on my phone.
favorite books: Scandinavian police procedurals, psychological fiction, family sagas, books where a relationship is told from both perspectives, coming of age stories, non-fiction on health topics, biographies of strong women.
Philosophy: Leave it better than you found it.
most memorable career achievement: Stepping in for the Chief Technology Officer to get a key product completed for our most important customer.
goal I hope to achieve five years from now: I am in endless pursuit of a better work-life balance.
how/where do I see the industry in five years: I am very intrigued by the impact of technology on learning. I believe we have barely begun to see how it can transform access to education.