I believe my life’s path has brought me to this sacred work of being present with people in transition from life to death. My background is in theatre. I am a graduate of Vassar College and the National Theatre Institute, and a member of the professional actors union, Actors Equity Association. I have performed on Bay Area stages over the last 20 years.
I am also a standardized patient (SP), engaging in role play with med school students to improve their doctor-patient interactions, and I teach other actors to be SPs at Stanford and at UCSF. I also work with an organization called Vital Talk, portraying end of life patients in role play with palliative care doctors, nurses, social workers and other health care professionals.
Music is an important part of my life. I'm a graduate of the preparatory school of the New England Conservatory of Music, and I play piano at an advanced level. I’m part of a group of a dozen pianists who have met monthly for the past 35 years to perform for one another in an old-fashioned kind of ‘salon.’ For the last ten years, I’ve also been part of a quirky handbell group that performs jazz, classic rock, musical theatre and current pop music.
I raised three children in San Francisco who are now out in the world pursuing careers: my daughter is a New York Times bestselling author, my older son is a paramedic and snakebite medicine specialist, and my youngest son is a Marine. Family is deeply important to me.
My faith journey has included many years in the Episcopal Church (my dad was an Episcopal minister), as well as being an active member of Metropolitan Community Church in San Francisco, then Unity Church, and currently Westminster Presbyterian Church in Tiburon where I have been a guide to teens in the confirmation class as well as a teacher to children ages 4-7. I am part of a solstice group that celebrates the turn of the seasons, and a spiritual group of folks with diverse beliefs that meets monthly. I was born and raised in Weston, Massachusetts, I lived in San Francisco for 35 years, and I moved to Mill Valley three years ago.
I believe my love of theatre and music, and my deep connection to faith and family will allow me to bring the gifts of listening and compassion, celebration and respect for each individual with whom I work.