I grew up in Tonawanda, New York and raised my own family there as well. I have two children and three grandchildren ages 14, 9 and 8.   Prior to becoming a volunteer with Ohana 100, I spent many, many hours reading to my grandchildren and browsing bookshelves with them in libraries and bookstores.  I truly see the value in reading to young children. 

It's been rewarding to see my teenage granddaughter turn into a bookworm.  I also make time in my own life for reading and sharing good books with my daughter.

My other passion is crocheting.  Recently I made red hats for Little Hats Big Hearts, a project for the Children's Heart Foundation.  I was able to make hats for children at the Family Help Center.

After I retired from Sysco in 2014, I was searching for something rewarding to do with my time.  I discovered Ohana 100 at the Clarence Senior Center on the bulletin board and I immediately called Liz.  It is such a good feeling watching the faces of the children during a reading and getting hugs of gratitude afterwards.  Thank you Liz!