||Why have you chosen to serve on the AACS Board of Directors?
I am excited to be serving on the Board of AACS because I have a passion for the mission of our school. AACS is uniquely positioned just outside one of the most influential seats of power in the world, and our students have amazing opportunities to head out into that world and affect our culture. It is an honor to be a part of the AACS leadership team.
What do you do when you're not at AACS?
My primary occupation is keeping our home sane and running somewhat smoothly but I get out once in awhile to teach Great Books courses to elementary-age students. My husband and I are actively involved with midshipmen at USNA, where I have a counseling ministry for individual students as well as couples who are preparing for marriage.
Tell us about your family.
My husband Thomas and I have been married for 19 years. We have three sons, all of whom attend AACS. We are an active-duty military family and Thomas is currently stationed at the Naval Academy, teaching in the History Department. We love outside sports, mountain biking, kayaking, and paddle-boarding. The boys are all very active athletes, from swimming to running to lacrosse and football. We also have two dogs who are happy to have all those boys around!
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, in Seattle and on Whidbey Island, Washington.
Describe a perfect Saturday morning.
My perfect Saturday morning starts with a sunrise walk with our two dogs, followed by a fresh cup of coffee and some quiet time outside. Once in a while, one of the boys joins me to watch the sun come up. Those are the best mornings!
What's one of your favorite Bible passages and why?
One of my favorite passages is Isaiah 30:15 which says, "For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; in returning and rest shall you be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength." When I was in graduate school, I worked in a little B&B on Whidbey Island, owned by a lovely Christian couple. Some weekends I would head to work, stressed out and very busy (as students tend to be), and seeing this verse displayed in a little corner of one of the guest rooms really eased my mind and my heart. I love this verse because it reminds me of the basics of being a follower of Christ. The Lord is always close by, and our burdens are not too much for Him to bear.