I was born in Burley, Idaho, and began playing the piano at the age of 4 years. After the family moved to San Diego, I continued to study music, and gave recitals, was soloist with community symphony orchestras, and toured Europe with the San Diego Youth Symphony.
I attended SDSU, where I studied piano, viola and world music, graduating with a Bachelor of Music in 1981. Following graduation, I worked for a software company, and eventually became a V.P. of Linguistics in charge of research and development of machine translation.
After almost 20 years in the software industry, I switched careers and worked as a church musician, directing choirs, playing organ and piano, and teaching music. I retired in 2019 after serving as organist at Saint Brigid Catholic Church in San Diego, CA. Currently I remain active in the Diocese of San Diego, supporting the worship office and assisting with the planning of diocesan liturgies.
I have traveled to several countries, including Canada, Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Mexico, Japan and Taiwan. I continue to be interested in languages, world cultures, music, art and literature. Languages that I speak or am quite familiar with include Spanish, French, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean.
Presently, I reside in San Diego, CA.