My ACLU membership and activism goes back to the early 1970s when I joined after college. During that time, I have been a Board member of the ACLU of Michigan, a fund raiser, volunteer and the director of a cooperating group, The Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights (now known as Religious Coalition for Reproductive Rights).
I have been a life long advocate for social justice and human rights issues, including reproductive rights and racial justice. During that time, I’ve been the state of Michigan executive director and national board member of the Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights. I’ve been a volunteer housing tester for Fair Housing Center of Michigan. Additionally, I’ve been a member of and advocate for Michigan NOW. Environmental concerns, particularly climate change, is a passion of mine and I was on the advisory board of Save the Wild UP. My social justice activism stems from my beliefs and as a Unitarian Universalist, where I’ve held a number of leadership positions in our congregations.
My education is as an education (BA, Oakland University) and social worker (MSW, Wayne State University). My career has spanned from consultant for a regional educational institution, school social worker, director of a women and children’s transitional housing program, division director for public health department, financial advisor and for the past ten years, retired.
We currently split our time between Upper Michigan and Summerville, where we have a home and will ultimately live full time to be near our daughter and grandchildren. In the three years we’ve been in Summerville I have become a regular volunteer at the Community Resource Center of Summerville and have supported Louis Smith in his efforts to bring needed services and racial justice to our community. Additionally, I am a volunteer guide for the Beyond the Fields, slavery history program, at Middleton Place.