I served in an experimental combined Teacher Corps/Peace Corps program from 1971 to 1974 that also earned me an MS in Education. Our Teacher Corps group of about 30 taught in Lackawanna NY while attending Buffalo State University. I taught remedial English in a middle school where the students were predominantly 1st or 2nd generation immigrants from more than 50 countries. About 20 of us made it to Afghanistan, where I taught technical English to adult males at the nationalized construction company in Helmand Province. When I returned to the US, I switched careers to geology and went to grad school. I interrupted those studies to work in Esfahan, Iran from 76-78 teaching aviation English to military helicopter pilots and mechanics. After completing grad school, I moved back to Minnesota (where I had been an undergrad) and worked in environmental consulting for 35 years, 25 of which were as President/Principal Geologist of my own firm.
I adopted my older daughter from India while I was single, and my husband and I later adopted our younger daughter from the same orphanage in Calcutta (Kolkata). I have continued to maintain ties with Afghanistan, Iran, and India and work with several NGOs in a variety of volunteer capacities. I am also an active member of Rotary.