I am the Director of Operations here at SAI. While I have no first-hand knowledge of surrogacy (never having completed a journey myself) I have worked in Management, Employee Development and Human Resources for more than thirty years and was delighted to join the SAI team in early 2018.
I grew up in Texas. I have traveled extensively, and have lived in Florida, Washington, DC and Virginia, but since moving to San Diego in the Fall of 2017 I have come to realize that I was always meant to be a California girl. I worked in the Hospitality, HR and Staffing fields for most of my professional career, but also spent time in the insurance field, worked as a Program Manager at the local employment office, and an Office Manager for two local funeral homes, all while running my own Staging business on the side. After visiting some long-time friends who had relocated to San Diego, I was persuaded (rather easily, I might add) to move to the West Coast and start a new chapter.
After having spent the last few years working in an often sad and frequently stressful environment at the funeral home, I was very excited to come across an intriguing job opening at this interesting gestational surrogacy agency. It felt like fate, providence, or karma…whatever term you’re most comfortable with. After surviving in an environment designed to care for those who have departed this life, I felt like I was rewarded with an environment that welcomed in and celebrated new life. Now, I love my job with SAI and I can’t imagine working anywhere else.
The things I love about my job:
- I get to celebrate new life, that I helped to create and bring into the world in my own small way, every day!
- All the people I work with love their jobs, too.
- My days are challenging, meaningful and replete with positive energy. I get to make a difference in the world!
I grew up on a farm. When I was in the third grade, I had a pet chicken named Lucy that I took everywhere with me. I love scary movies, but will cover my eyes or look away during the really gory moments. I had my own apartment during my junior and senior years of high school. I am a political junkie and I spent eight years living in Washington, DC, eight blocks from the U.S. Capitol building. I cannot abide bullies and will confront them when I see them. My favorite dog is the Chinese Shar-pei, and I’ve been lucky enough to raise three of them in my lifetime, so far. I have 38 nieces and nephews. I am a gourmet cook with a serious cheese addition, and I love, love, love the Real Housewives of Atlanta!