My story is one of success, loss, survival, healing, and moving forward. I am a born and bred east coaster, from the shores of south Jersey. To this day, I still love sand in my shoes, the sound of the ocean, and a pina colada at sunset on the beach!
I left the small town of Wildwood Crest, New Jersey in 1970 to enter college in Washington, DC, where I attended Georgetown University for both my undergraduate as well as graduate degrees. I was amongst the first 50 women to attend Georgetown’s liberal arts college so we were pioneers of sorts. After graduating with a degree in English and Fine Arts, I worked for a year before returning to G’town to participate in a newly established advanced degree program in Accounting. I have worked in the accounting field for 25 years, first with Price Waterhouse in DC and then in my own practice. For the last 20 years, I have been employed by a very wealthy family, managing their family office. This wonderful family has shared their blessed life with my family over the years, for which I am eternally grateful.
In 1978, I met and married my husband John. We quickly had our son, Sean, in 1979, followed by Lindsay’s birth in 1981. My marriage to John lasted 15 years, some of them joyful, some of them sad as his addictive personality loomed as a dark cloud over our happy home. I worked harder, I tried harder; I did all the things that a co-dependent wife does in dealing with an alcoholic husband. In 1993, he killed himself in an automobile. It was sudden and abrupt and gut wrenching, especially for my children. Surviving and healing from that ordeal, I have to admit, was very difficult. It was a long journey, and I really put my own life “on hold” to care for my children and get us all on stable footing once again. Thankfully, we survived and eventually, thrived again.
I am a great mom and have two great kids! My gorgeous son, Sean, now 26 and living “la vida loca” in San Diego, hopes that his mom will one day be bi-coastal. I can see that!! My beautiful, caring Lindsay lives in Bethesda, MD and teaches second grade, her life long dream. My cat, Ivory, and Maltese puppy, Dustin, the current love of my life, round out my family.
With the kids happily situated, I have concentrated on Donna the last couple of years. I downsized my home, eased up on my work schedule, hired a personal trainer, and simplified my life, all in preparation for giving myself that precious gift of TIME. At 54, I’m in great shape, very energetic and looking for new challenges. I enjoy spending time with good friends, traveling, reading, cuddling my pets, gardening, walking and DANCING, my personal secret for staying young. I am thoroughly enjoying finally freeing my inner “wild child”!! I feel renewed and thankful for the blessed peace in my life.