Hi Bee Fitters,
Thank you to all my new followers for stopping by! I thought it would be fun to share some facts about myself so you can learn some more about me!
~ I was a philosophy geek in Hamilton College with the hopes to attend law school but instead followed a career in the fashion industry.
~ I was a runner in high school and started the girl's first cross county team with my twin sister and a friend at my high school. I continue to run and have been a runner for the past 36 years, only stopping when pregnant or injured ( which isn't often!).
~ I lived in a diversity of places growing up; everywhere from Birmingham, Michigan to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
~ I was the original founder of Make A Child Smile, Inc. with my girlfriend, Gwen Smyth, a not for profit which focused on providing funding for hospitals to provide emotional support to families with hospitalized children. The organization is now part of the Child Life Services department of a New Jersey hospital.
~ I became a "Girl's On the Run" Coach in 2000 when my daughter started running. I was lucky enough to train with the original founder of the organization, Molly Barker.
~I wore a body cast from the waist down while attending my junior year in college due to reconstructive surgery on my hip and femur because of a bone tumor...yes, I have a lopsided gait but that hasn't stopped me from running over the years.
~ I serve as President of Sipprelle Charitable Corp. The family foundation's mission is to support charitable efforts focused primarily on education. Among our most interesting projects has been funding a secular girls' boarding school in Marrakech, Morroco. Educating girls is still an alien concept in much of the World!
~ My favorite quote is the official tag line of my health coaching business: "Food determines how we feel and heal!" ( Food is NOT just what's on a plate...it's everything that affects us: relationships, spirituality, physical fitness, etc.).
~ I am a board member of Attitudes in Reverse (AIR), a not for profit organization dedicated to educating teens and their parents on mental health issues and suicide prevention. I believe good nutrition and exercise play a huge role in helping those with depression.
~ My favorite job in the World: Being a Mom to my three now grown children!
~ My goal is to continue to inspire others to live a healthy lifestyle, to publish a children's book on healthy living, and to run the Boston Marathon someday!