I grew up in suburban Cleveland with a single mom who waited tables and tended bar. We learned how to get stuff done ourselves. By 13, I was busing tables, cleaning houses and delivering newspapers. My worst gig was after-hours clean-up at a bar at Ohio University while I was an undergrad. My best job - before becoming a design and organizing entrepreneur - was senior staff photographer at The Herald News in New Jersey.
I earned a master of art in photography and began another in interior architecture. Soon, this do-it-yourselfer turned pro. As program manager for the non-profit Rebuilding Together NYC, I planned and led dozens of projects renovating spaces for low-income home owners, community centers, homeless shelters, non-profits and veterans. My tasks included project management, construction management and volunteer management. All of which revealed my true passion: improving people's lives by improving their homes.
I live in Manhattan with my husband and teen-age son.