I was born and raised in Colorado. Out of college, I taught secondary-level math for six years. I returned to college and earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. My first position was Radio Frequency test engineer with Hughes Aircraft in Tucson. In 1985, I moved back to Denver to work on the Peacekeeper Program for Martin Marietta. In 1987, I married and over the course of the next five years had two children, served as team lead for the PK field support team, and earned an Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree. Eventually, I moved on to a team-based project called MultiService Launch Systems (MSLS), which was great fun. My next assignment was that of manager for Special Programs Manufacturing and Test Operations at the Electronics Manufacturing Facility. In 1999, I moved over to Flight Systems/Space Exploration Systems (SES) to work in the fascinating world of the spacecraft. My assignment was in test engineering with assembly test and launch operations (ATLO) for the Mars 2001 Orbiter and Lander. Presently, I manage SES Spacecraft Test Labs for Mission Operations (including Mars Global Surveyor, Odyssey, Stardust, Genesis, and the Space Infrared Telescope Facility). My team and I also support Mars Reconaissance Orbiter development and Mars Scout proposals as needed.