I grew up in McLean, VA (right outside of D.C.). I attended JMU and graduated in 1997 with a B.S. in Dietetics. I was, fortunately, sucked in by the ‘burg and have been here ever since. I went on to get my nursing degree in 2005.
Occupation and other community service you are involved in: I am a Registered Nurse and I have worked for RMH since 2005. I am a Certified Breast Health Navigator at RMH Women’s Center. I “navigate” women through the various steps once they have been told they have an abnormal mammogram.
I participate in several fundraising events that directly help women (and men) with breast cancer. One of which is the annual Race to Beat Breast Cancer 5K.
Fun facts about you:
I worked as a flight attendant the year after I graduated from college.
I have been known to break into the “running man” dance to cheer up a co-worker or two.
I have a small, handmade jewelry business, which I operate in my very “spare” time. Through my business, I have donated my handmade pieces to multiple different charities and groups.
I can’t tell a joke to save my life.
Why did you decide to participate in DWTS?
I am participating in DWTS because Harrisonburg-Rockingham Daycare is very near and dear to my heart. All 3 of my children attended HRCDCC from the time they were 2 until they went to kindergarten. My youngest, Lulu, is still enrolled and I believe I will be the dancer for her class. Being a working mom is tough, but knowing that your children are in loving, capable hands, and having fun, is a huge relief. The sliding scale tuition makes it possible for parents of all income levels to receive quality childcare, without shelling out their entire paycheck.
I love to dance because….
with my busy life and stressful job, dancing allows me to clear my mind and let go of all my worries and frustrations, all while burning calories! Dancing is better and cheaper than therapy.