After working in the law firm as a trial paralegal and a private detective I embarked into the world of skating and started Skate Journeys Skate School. I am the Executive Director and it's now a non-profit organization and is 24 years young offering classes, camps, afterschool programs and weekend workshops to kids and adults. Skate Journeys is currently the largest skate school in the US. I also took over Skate Instructors Association (SkateIA) in 2009 moving the organization from 60 members to 270 in 2020 teaching 170,000 classes annually. We've expanded the organization to provide tools and classes to both skaters and skate instructors. We offer free and paid courses online and in-person.
From day one, SkateIA assisted the #SkateIA Skate Instructors in starting to teach classes and create Skate Schools. We've developed both free and paid courses that assist athletes to move from sports stars to Sports-Preneurs. We currently offer a 10 week, 20 hour courses to get people not just started, but making a profit from their passion.
I graduated from the University of Washington with a BS in Society & Justice. I studied French from 7th grade through college after reading the story of Marie Curie--she is still the one person I'd love to have dinner with, given the chance. I lived in France for 5 months while studying at L'Alliance Francaise and although there is much to see in France, the highlight was the Marie & Pierre Curie's Museum where I was allowed to sit at Marie Curie's actual desk and pretend to answer her phone.
I also launched the largest women's Fly Fishing club (in the world). I was a competitive ice figure skater, competing in figures, pairs, dance and freestyle. Although he hates it when I mention it, I felt fortunate to skate pairs with one of my brothers. I was a white-water rafting guide and took second place in the Yakima Single Fly contest.