I call myself a Southern Yankee. I lived in Central Pennsylvania until 2004. I started at St. James United Methodist Church as Financial Secretary on August 9, 2004. In 2007, my title changed to Financial Administrator.
I am a graduate of Forest Hills High School in Sidman, PA. I have business administration and accounting degrees from Mount Aloysius College and University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. I worked in banking for 8 years as a bank teller, in customer service, and management. While working at banking, I served as secretary and newsletter editor at Trinity UMC, Roaring Spring, PA. I also spent two years working in a tax office handling tax returns and payroll. I received all the tax returns for pastors with housing allowances, which has helped with my work at St. James UMC.
I married my husband Brian in September 1993. I married into a Penn State family. We are Penn State! We moved to North Carolina in 2004. We became members of St. James UMC in January 2006.
My role at St. James UMC is to be a good steward of the finances that come in and out of the church by receiving contributions, paying the bills so the church can stay accessible, and to assure all employees are compensated for all they do for the church. It is a blessing to merge my love for accounting and love for God as a career here at St. James.
One of my greatest blessings since being at St. James is being introduced to the spiritual practice of Lectio Divina. I still can’t believe that I stepped out of my comfort zone and started the Noon Lectio Class. It is an amazing way to lose ourselves and grow in our Lord.
When I am not at the church, I enjoy trips to Pennsylvania to see my parents, sisters, and extended family and friends. Most weekends are spent at my in-laws in Bath, reading, relaxing and riding the boat. I don’t call myself a crafty person, but I enjoy making cards and scrapbooks as gifts. We love watching football in the fall.
We have no pets, but I would love to have a blue crab as a pet. When we caught crabs on weekends, I was mesmerized by their legs. It was calming to hold them in my hand and just have the legs move. Of course, it was only calming after the pincher claws were removed.