Physical activity has always been central to my personality. I grew up as a tomboy, spending most of my time outdoors climbing trees, swimming, or ice-skating on the nearby river, and playing football with the neighborhood boys. As I got older, excelling in athletics became a major focus in my life. Once in college, it seemed natural for me to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in physical education, and then use my interest in athletics to manage employee fitness and recreation programs for various employers in Seattle. When I wasn't competing in some sport or working, I was usually out "recreating"- hiking, biking, or skiing to my heart's content in the Pacific Northwest.