I came to the priesthood via a wide path. I grew up in Williamsburg where my father owned a drugstore on Duke of Gloucester Street. The historic Bruton Parish Church was my home parish. After college at the University of Richmond, my first short-lived career was as a high school French teacher. Then I completely switched paths and joined the Air Force as an intelligence officer. I retired in 2002 after a 23-year career. I was called to the priesthood as a child, but women were not allowed to be priests in the Episcopal Church then. They say if God is calling you, God doesn't let go and I finally followed God's will and began seminary at VTS the same month I retired. I was ordained in 2005. I spent the first year as an Assistant Rector at Trinity Church, Arlington. I became Assistant at St Peter's in Arlington in 2006 and spent 10 years there. My focus was on pastoral care, children's programs and families with young children.
While I was at St Peter's, I began volunteering at the National Zoo and I have continued that in retirement. I'm a behavior watcher. We participate in scientific studies of various animal species recording their behavior. Right now, I'm with the pandas, and have been for 5 years. I run the panda cam, and what most people don't know, is our primary purpose is not running the cameras but in recording the behavior of the pandas. It's an exciting time since Mei Xiang, the female panda, is either pregnant or in a pseudo-pregnancy. In either case, I'll be spending a lot of hours at the zoo while I'm here with you this summer. I began volunteering at the zoo with the lions which are my first love. I've made two trips to Africa to work with a lion conservationist and hope to return in 2019. I also take a lot of ballet classes and am kept busy by newly adopted kittens who are now 4 months old and are wild and crazy!
Please join us this Sunday as we celebrate Youth Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. service and here is your