How did you become involved with OCL? When I first took the class in 2014, I was so impacted by my experience and the improvement it made in my relationships with my family, co-workers, and students that I expressed interest in someday becoming a CST professor. I became a professor in 2016 after retiring from teaching and officially began as Wisconsin Chapter Leader April 1, 2017. This is my very satisfying encore career! Now instead of seeing lightbulbs turning on in students, I help adults experience “a-ha moments.” Both have brought and continue to bring great joy to my heart.
What is your hope for OCL? That it continues to grow as it touches people worldwide, changing their lives by improving their relationships forever. I would like to see a tremendous domino effect occur whereby people not only come to our class to learn the skills, but the skills are reinforced as their loved ones model them on a regular basis.
How do you most often find yourself using what you learned in CST? I use it most with my family, especially my grown and married daughters. To truly listen without judgment, interruption, and distraction is the greatest gift I can give them. They feel comfortable talking with me about everything, and for this I am eternally grateful.
Your favorite quote. I have two favorite Eleanor Roosevelt quotes: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” The other is “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; and small minds discuss people.” Eleanor Roosevelt is a role model for me, and these quotes emulate the strength, determination, and intelligence that she showed throughout her life. They inspire me daily to be the best I can be.