Landscape Designer

Five years fulltime landscape designer at McAdam Landscaping, Inc.

Four years in natural resources management bringing native plants back to the landscape.

Thirteen-and-one-half years in the nursery/garden center business selling and caring for plants, four of those included doing some design.

Five years in marketing (writing and photos), three of those running festivals at a nursery/garden center.

Thirteen years as a reporter journalist, 11 of those years as an entertainment feature writer.

Four years instructing children, including three years coordinating a department at a YMCA.


Some of the things I have done in my spare time:

Church mission projects: Manitoulin Island, Ontario with Ojibway natives (Daystar Mission); Quito, Ecuador (HCJB); locals in hills of Hazard Co., Kentucky;  Navajo natives in New Mexico; build concrete block church near Merida, (Yucatan) Mexico.

Approximately 14 years span in DuPage Opera Theatre chorus and many in church choir; play guitar.

Outdoor sports: hiking, camping, bicycling, kayaking.

Travel to Europe to visit ancestors’ towns and annual to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Chicago Architecture Foundation ‘Open House Chicago’ in October.

The Morton Arboretum, hike, dog days and events.

 Like to learn and instruct others: three classes short of an associates in fine arts, specialization in photography.

Involved in my church.