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After graduating with a Master’s Degree in International Policy Studies with
language specialization in Spanish and Japanese from the Monterey Institute
of International Studies (now Middlebury Institute of International Studies),
I applied for work at two organizations: EF Education and a local
university, both in the San Francisco area. I was offered a position at both
places and accepted the job as Student Services Coordinator in 1990 with EF,
and the rest is history!
Collaborating with inspiring managers and dynamic colleagues and leading high-performing teams.
Enjoy the ride!
In general, through any difficulty or challenges in life, I have always looked for support from family, friends and a professional network to serve as objective sounding boards. Consistently applying skills and practices
learned along the way to cultivate mental & emotional resiliency: healthy self-care practices (nutrition, exercise, breath work / meditation, good sleep hygiene) have helped me overcome difficulties.
Collaborating with creative colleagues in an international setting, living and working abroad, interacting with so many people from around the world and continued learning.
I started working summers when I was 14 years old. My aunt was a doctor who had her medical practice and office. I had no experience, but she just let me get on with figuring out administrative assignments (intaking patients,
filing documents, filling out insurance forms, answering phones, organizing files, etc). I worked at her clinic every summer during high school through my 2 nd year at university. That job, no doubt, set the tone for my work ethic
and approach towards work.
Breathwork/meditation, exercise, doing art projects and playing the piano.
“It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real
work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real
The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one
― Wendell Berry