Hello and welcome.
During my career in the both the U.S. Coast Guard and as a public relations director for a technology firm in Manhattan, I’ve appeared on national television and was interviewed by top tier newspapers around the country about Coast Guard rescues and missions and my client, IBM.
I enjoy writing about extraordinary adventures and challenging topics, which, in turn, I hope make a difference through awareness and inspiration. My books celebrate unsung veterans – men and women who are inspiring and humbling – who reveal their stories of courage and survival.
One of the greatest joys I have received from my work are invitations to lend my experience to talk about leadership. Leaning on my military service and insights, I’ve addressed diverse audiences as a keynote speaker or as a presenter for schools, book clubs and professional organizations and corporations.
A graduate of the Harvard University Extension School with a Masters in Liberal Arts for journalism, two of my features were published as cover stories. Emerald Coast Magazine ran one about human trafficking and The Boston Globe ran my travel feature article about Chatham Lighthouse for their magazine. This is particularly exciting now that the movie The Finest Hours, which takes place at this lighthouse, is out.
During my Coast Guard career, I’ve served as the Commandant’s Press Secretary. The bookends of this assignment were the Haitian earthquake in 2010 and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. When Hurricane Sandy struck the Northeast seaboard, I responded to help as the Coast Guard Emergency Preparedness Liaison Coordinator for FEMA Regions II and I (New York and Boston).
My first book, So Others May Live: Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers Saving Lives, Defying Death (The Lyons Press, 2006 and 2008) won four awards. I authored Changing the Rules of Engagement: Inspiring Stories of Courage and Leadership from Women in the Military (University of Nebraska Press) in 2012 and that same year, with Trish Marx, we published a tribute to the power and presence of our national flag My Name Is Old Glory, (The Lyons Press).
My newest book, Innovators: Rock Stars of STEM, is a partnership with Engineers for America. We’ve published this book for young adults to inspire these future generations to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Please feel free to reach out to me or comment on my stories, some of which are posted. I’m also on FB and Twitter.