Born and raised in northern Maine, I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Maine in Orono, then got a Masters in Social Work from New York University. Then I worked for Aroostook Mental Health Center in Caribou for five years while building a house–with my own hands–on mid-coast Deer Isle on weekends. I opened a mental health private practice in Blue Hill, a half hour from my Deer Isle home, and lived and worked there for the next ten years.

Island living in Maine is tough, particularly as a single. Following my Maine native parents who relocated to Florida, I moved to Tallahassee and built a second private practice. Then I met my now-husband Drew on on the infant Match.com in 1998 and moved again, to Vicksburg, Mississippi, where he lived. Using our successful experience in the emerging Internet dating market as a base, I re-branded myself as a Romance Coach and developed an online business helping singles find partners using Internet dating sites.

When Drew retired from his career with the Army Corps of Engineers’ research station in Vicksburg, we decided to make our southern home back in Tallahassee, thirty miles from the Gulf of Mexico. We summer in the home I built on Deer Isle, surrounded by the Gulf of Maine