I grew up in Nebraska and lived in Iowa for quite a few years before moving to Michigan in 1979. I simply fell in love with northern Michigan’s lakes, streams, dunes, views, and wildlife, and knew that I wanted to spend large amounts of time here. As a retired university professor, speech-language pathologist, and health-care administrator, I have some background in biology and neuroscience, but no formal training in forestry or wildlife management. Still, I’ve always loved the “out of doors”, and I am an avid gardener and back yard birder. Training to be a Docent has given me a wonderful opportunity to learn more about this beautiful part of the world, and I look forward to sharing that knowledge with others who I hope will come to love Leelanau County as I do.