I was born in Huntsville, Alabama on September 9, 1969. I have two older sisters. Our family moved from Alabama to Warrenton, Virginia in 1976 as my dad was working for IBM and they opened a new facility in Manassas. (My dad suffered a major stroke in 1990 that forever changed him, and he died in 2008.) I have lived in various places in Virginia most of my life, minus a 6 year period when I lived in Asheville, North Carolina and then the Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina. I currently live in Alexandria, Virginia.
I have a B.A. in Philosophy and a Master's in Public Administration/Public Policy from George Mason University.
I worked for Edison Electric Institute – a trade association in Washington, D.C. - for electric utility companies – for 14 years; my last position was as a Manager of Program Services for the Utility Solid Waste Activities Group. In that capacity, I worked on hazardous materials transportation safety and security issues.
My primary interests are in public policy development relative to regulatory advocacy and public administration, whether that applies to government or non-profit organizations.
My dream job would be to work for the FBI as a Policy Analyst, specializing in juvenile crime prevention and community policing. _________________________________________________________________________________________
My hobbies include abstract painting, poetry, photography, hiking, and reading any non-fiction I can get into. I read philosophy now and then. I love all animals and other non-human living creatures. _________________________________________________________________________________________
My Dad did this - without the aid of a computer program - when I was just shy of two years old. Pretty interesting to me as it is strikingly accurate on most accounts. _________________________________________________________________________________________
I have a tattoo of a phoenix on the inside of my left ankle and a tattoo of the symbol for the band Evanescence on my lower back (it is more than a tribute to the band, but it's too personal to mention here).
This is really funny: We came across my 1963 edition of the game Clue, and decided to play it. There were detective pads inside, still preserved from the last time it was played in the 70s or 80s. One of my friends, upon turning her pad over, found the below message. I identified the handwriting as belonging to Mitzi Bell Richmond, one of my dear childhood (and adulthood) friends. We died laughing!!