My passion for teaching began early in my career, as I sought out opportunities for instructional moments in every job. I enjoyed sharing my knowledge and expertise with my clients, peers, colleagues, managers, and owners of small-medium sized businesses, to use financial information to guide their business or organization to success and improved operations. In that process, I learned the joy of teaching and life-long learning.
Prior to joining the faculty in 1988 at Peninsula College, my careers included Chief Accountant in the Clallam County’s Auditors office, public accounting practice, accountant in private accounting firms, and manager/controller of a private aquaculture company.
I teach business, accounting, and management courses in the Business Administration and Bachelor of Applied Science programs, and serve as the coordinator of the Business Administration program. In addition, I represent the Business Administration & Information Technology Division as chair, advise the Phi Beta Lambda Leadership and Business club, and work on a variety of committees supporting the college and faculty.
I served as First Speaker of the Peninsula College senate 2011-2013, represented Peninsula College at the 2011 National Association of Foreign Student Advisers international conference, presented at the 2009 Teachers of Accounting at Two Year Colleges national conference, served as an exchange faculty in China on multiple assignments, and have been involved in Soroptimist International of Port Angeles for over 30 years.
I was fortunate to receive a John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to student learning and leadership. Additionally, I have been recognized by the League for Innovation in Community Colleges.
In 2014, I completed my doctoral degree in higher education and adult learning with a research and dissertation entitled “Student Perceptions of Online Learning and Persistence Toward Course Completion” which has inspired me to continue my inquiry of student success. Since completing my degree, I have continued to research student success factors that contribute to improved student retention and enhanced student learning.
One of the best parts about being a PC faculty member is the interaction with students, helping them achieve their academic goals, providing resources to assist them in transitioning into the workforce, or transfer to another institution to further their academic journey.