About me

As a Cultural Care local childcare consultant (LCC), I invite our host families and au pairs as well as those considering Cultural Care Au Pair to explore my site and learn about what is going on in our community. I provide year-round support to host families and au pairs, and also talk to families considering the program to help them determine if Cultural Care Au Pair is the right childcare solution for them.

Welcome to my Cultural Care Website!

The heaviest used parts of my website are the “helpful links” and “local events” tabs. Please feel free to glance through the photo albums and peruse my blog, which answers many frequently asked questions about the Au Pair Cultural Exchange program.

I have lived in New Jersey since 2002. I admit that for the first year or two, living in New Jersey sometimes felt like living in a foreign country! But now I tell everyone that New Providence, New Jersey is my favorite place I have ever lived.

I grew up in Mesa, Arizona. Sometimes my Western roots show.

I am in my 40’s. When I was a younger woman, I was a bit of an adventurer-  I was 20 when I traveled by myself to Alaska to earn “big $” working in a Salmon factory, and a year later I moved to Hong Kong for a few years, working first as a missionary and then as a teacher in a Chinese Kindergarten. If pressed, I can still speak a little conversational Cantonese. I relate to these young Au Pairs, trying to learn a different language and experience new things.

I graduated from Brigham Young University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Media Arts, emphasizing Screenwriting.

To support myself through college I became certified as a physical therapist aid, and over time increased my skills and knowledge until my title became “exercise physiologist”. I performed massage and other P.T. modalities and taught exercise programs prescribed by Rehabilitation M.D.s I worked for. My dabbling in rehab continues at The Connection for Women and Families where I teach two Water Exercise classes a week.

I never did write a six-figure paying screenplay. However, I have used my passion for the written word to fuel the running of a Women’s book club for the last decade and recently started another book club for Mothers and Daughters.

Hobbies? I played violin through the first couple years of college. I can sew a Halloween costume. My husband has trained me to be a decent cook.

But most important are my children. I went through a six-year bout of infertility, so I strongly appreciate having them: Miriam and Benjamin (twins, 11), Clarissa (9) and Jeremy (6).

My Dream of the Ultimate Life Achievement: Raising happy children to be happy, fulfilled adults.