As an author of ghost stories, people often ask me if I’ve experienced anything paranormal in my life, and I have. I've seen apparitions, seen objects move, heard disembodied footsteps, but I never felt really scared until I chose to leave my corporate dream job as a Director of Training and move at age 39 Into the dorms with 18 year-olds at the Boston Conservatory. Three years later I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.F.A. in Musical Theater Performance.
I overcame a lot to make it to the conservatory as I explained in my commencement speech to my fellow graduates. I hoped my story would provide inspiration for others during times of doubt.
The changes in my life occurred after being inspired by the youth I worked with in Committed Partners for Youth in Portland, Oregon. These young people, faced with huge challenges, never lost sight of their vision for a better life, and they had the guts to make it happen.
After five years with CPY, I sold my beloved horse and said goodbye to family and friends in Portland, Oregon to reinvent myself in New York City.
I sometimes miss my life as a horse owner, but a tango or foxtrot on the dance floor makes my heart forget. I first tried the Latin dances with wonderful partner, Fred, but now focus on the ballroom dances.
My partner, Igor Gayenko, and I competed at the Maimi Vibe in 2016 in International Standard Pro-Am Ballroom, Bronze Level. In 12 dances, we received 10 first place ribbons, and 2 second place ribbons.