Growing up in New York State, I enjoyed many outdoor activities, especially hiking in the Adirondacks with my family. Over the years, I've continued to find pleasure in hiking in places like New England, France, Wales, New Zealand and the Sierras in California.

Having a dog in the family means that my routine includes daily walks and weekend romps at the Holden Arboretum.

With over 100 dives in my log book, I enjoy recreational dive trips to places like the Caribbean, Belize and Mexico. One of my favorite dive sites is Bloody Bay Wall off Little Cayman Island. Underwater photography adds a challenging dimension to diving for me.

As a Docent with the Midpeninsula Open Space District, I enjoyed leading 4th and 5th graders on field trips and hikes.

While living in the Bay Area, I provided training and leadership in security, logistics, and front entry procedures for some of the largest food and beverage tasting events in San Francisco.

Swirl, Sniff, Sip, Spit — especially when you taste a large number of wines. An interest in fine wine has taken me to most of the appellations of California, Oregon and Washington.

Course work through UC Berkeley Extension and the Wine & Spirit Education Trust has expanded my knowledge and appreciation of wine.