I have always been interested in supporting my community in ways that take care of the environment. My undergraduate degree is in Environmental Science and then I went on to study the remediation of chlorinated hydrocarbons in soil for my master’s degree. I did all this while studying at UC Riverside.
Early on, after graduating from college, I worked for the University of Idaho in Twin Falls where we did pesticide residue analysis, building a data base to show that Idaho food commodities were pesticide free. It was a fun job, but I missed California (not Riverside, ha ha), so I moved here to the Central Coast in 1999. I worked for a while at an environmental laboratory, but decided I didn’t like shaking sep funnels, so for 10 years I became a massage therapist. I missed my environmental calling though, and when the opportunity to start Abalone Coast presented itself, I jumped at it.
So here we are, almost 5 years later, expanding the business and our family of employees. Life is exciting and I like to celebrate it by being outside in my home, the Central Coast. I hike almost every weekend and sometimes during the week. I love the ocean and like to be in it either snorkeling or boogie boarding, and I like to be on it with my kayak. I also adore watercolor painting and although I create slowly, I like thinking of myself as an artist! That’s my sea turtle on our main page. Local community and sustainability are very important to me and I am always looking for places to volunteer my time and resources to this cause. My dream is to create a local home garden cooperative where we grow and share our own organic yummy goodies!