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 heard the planes hit the World Trade Center and, in that moment, my life was forever changed. My train jumped the culinary track.
When the planes started flying again, I returned to California and to college with a renewed sense of purpose. I began working as an administrative assistant, while studying to complete my undergraduate degree. For the past 17 years I have worked in the administrative field. I will be completing my bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design in 2018.
We moved our family to beautiful Sonoma County eight years ago. When I am not at work I love to hang out with my husband and our two boys, read, meditate, paint mandalas and take long walks.