I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. With an artist mother and a Broadway show conductor, pianist, composer father, I grew up with a love and respect for the arts of all kinds. I received my first AA degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in 1986. I had dreams of being an evening gown buyer in New York City. As life evolved I was drawn into the world of culinary arts. On my first trip abroad with my father, I studied the art of baking and pastry at the Cordon Bleu School in Paris. I became a pastry chef working with some of the top chefs in Los Angeles. In the spring of 2001, I moved to Manhattan, New York to expand my culinary career. On September 11, 2001, I was living in the lower East side. I witnessed the World Trade Center attack and, in that moment, my life was forever changed.
I returned to California and to college with a renewed sense of purpose. For the past 25 years I have worked in the administrative field. I completed my bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and Media Arts from Southern New Hampshire University in 2018.
When I am not at work I love to hang out with my family, hike, cook, garden, paint, meditate, and take long walks.