Community Service

Recipient of Susan B. Anthony Legacy Award on October 19, 2007 at the University of Rochester, with International Swimming Hall of Fame member Lynne Cox and National Women's Hall of Fame member Ann Bancroft, on the theme of using "physical strength, tenacity, and courage to draw attention to causes larger than one's own ambitions."

Catskill 3500 Club
Conservation Chair, 2003 to present

Adirondack Forty-Sixers
Executive Committee, 2003-2007

UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund), Upper Mohawk Valley United Nations Association
Sales Chairman, 2000 to end of volunteer program, 2006.

Oneida Community Mansion House, residence of 19th century Utopian community
Tour Guide, 1988 - present

Work with organizations to assist third world artisans by marketing handcrafts
1988 - present

Greater Utica Committee to Elect Hillary for Senate
President, 1999-2000

Oneida County Habitat for Humanity
Secretary, 1994-1996

Oneida-Herkimer Economic Conversion Task Force, a four-year study of the conversion of a military base to civilian uses
founder and coordinator, 1989-1993

League of Women Voters of Utica-Rome
President, 1988 -1993

Utica Community Food Bank
President, 1986-1989

Mohawk Valley Council of Churches, Interfaith Peace Committee
Secretary, 1984 -1986

"Woman of Merit" award, International Women’s Day, Utica, for political action

Community Housing Resource Board
President, 1982-1984
Received a grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to work with the Greater Utica Board of Realtors to insure the fair marketing of housing by educating every Realtor about Fair Housing laws and having them sign an agreement with HUD called the Voluntary Affirmative Marketing Agreement, not to discriminate in the marketing of housing. Wrote a booklet called Under One Roof about fair housing and creative home financing.

Connections, multi-organization publication, Utica
Founder and writer, 1986 -1989

Corn Hill Speaks, publication of Corn Hill People United, Utica
Editor and writer, 1977-1983

Clinton A Better Chance program, education for minority youth
Fundraiser, 1973 -1983

Common Cause
25th Congressional District coordinator, 1976 -1978

Weekly columnist for Utica Observer-Dispatch on congressional reform
13 weeks, 1973

Occasional columnist for Utica O-D on national defense and campaign finance issues

Books Published
  • A Taste of Heaven on Earth: Harnessing the Energies of Love, Wipf and Stock Publishers, April 2020
  • Peak Experiences: Danger, Death, and Daring in the Mountains of the Northeast, University Press of New England, fall 2012
  • Adirondack Peak Experiences: Adventures, Misadventures, and the Pursuit of the 46, Black Dome Press, April 2009
  • Catskill Peak Experiences: Mountaineering Tales of Endurance, Survival, Exploration and Adventure from the Catskill 3500 Club, Black Dome Press, 2008.
  • Catskill Day Hikes for All Seasons, Adirondack Mt. Club, Inc., Lake George, NY. 2002
  • Women With Altitude: Challenging the Adirondack High Peaks in Winter, North Country Books, 2005
  • Editor, Catskill Trails, Forest Preserve Series vol. 6, Adirondack Mountain Club, Inc.


Graduate work: Teaching of Reading
Syracuse University

A.B. Degree in Philosophy
Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Lynchburg, VA

National Honor Society
Stratford Hall, Danville, VA 1959


Age 74+. Married to David 50 years; two children, Julie and Jeffree; four grandchildren, Sky, Rosa, Joy, and Viviana.