My mum instilled a love of music by introducing me to the clarinet at a young age and throughout junior high and high school I was heavily involved with music! I played the clarinet and bass clarinet in band, orchestra, and pit orchestra, and the tenor saxophone in marching band and jazz band.
After graduating from high school, my focus turned to science. I graduated from the University of Michigan and worked in a prostate cancer research lab in Ann Arbor and Boston. I was extremely interested in forensic science and decided to get my masters degree. After looking around for a good school, I figured the best place to go would be the birth place of forensics, the U.K.! I was lucky enough to spend a year in Glasgow at the University of Strathclyde and 3 months in Auckland, New Zealand, getting my Masters in Forensic Science. I was able to do a wee bit of traveling in Scotland, Europe, and N.Z. when not studying! It was an amazing experience filled with great people and places that I'm lucky to have had!
I returned to the States and was hired as a Deputy Coroner Investigator.
Shortly after moving to California and starting my new job, the music gods decided I needed to start playing again. I met Tress and learned she was a pipe instructor; it was an immediate friendship! Tress introduced me to Val, friendships grew, we started the Dark Isle Pipe Band/Scottish Rejects, nine years have gone by, and the rest is history! I have been blessed to play the pipes at many wonderful places for loads of fantastic people with these lovely ladies! It's still a "pinch me" moment to think Outlander fans have tagged us as the #LadyPipers! (In 2014 I was able to join the Sheriff's Honor Guard as one of their pipers. It is a great pride of mine to pipe for them as well.)
In my "spare" time, lol, I enjoy spending time with my husband, traveling, riding my road bike, and doing cross stitch.