I'm from the east bay; I grew up in Walnut Creek and swam for my local summer league and then for two year round AAU teams (now called USA), Pleasant Hill Swim Club as well as the Walnut Creek Aquabears. I swam for Northgate high school and Cal State East Bay and also ran cross country and track for both. Having excelled as a distance athlete, I ran the 5K and 10K in college making it to the State Championships in the 5K. Starting at age 19 I competed in triathlons racing as both an amateur and professional. A highlight was racing in the Hawaii Ironman however I enjoyed every distance that triathlons offered. I joined United States Masters Swimming at age 19 and have been swimming on a team every since. My love of swimming has been life long and it morphed into my career. When my youngest of three daughters started kindergarten I went back to work teaching children and adults to swim. I started my own backyard swim school and have taught for the past 15 years. I was a volunteer swim coach at WHS from 2014-2016 helping regularly with kids strokes and technique and was the meet starter. I've been Co-Head Coach for WHS Swimming for years 2017, 2018, 2019 and the 2020 season. I was a USA Stroke and Turn Official for 6 years and am a USMS (Masters) competitive swimmer in both pool and open water. My best events are the 200 fly, 400IM, 200 Back and the 1500 Free. I have a BA in Liberal Arts and a minor in Sociology I've been married for 30 years and have 3 daughters all of whom attended WHS. My passion is working with kids of all ages and abilities to teach them to believe in themselves and enjoy swimming. I hope to pass on my love of swimming to the students so that they too can swim for life.