BLI Graduation Year: 2012
Tell us briefly about yourself and please update your classmates on your personal/professional experiences since graduating from BLI:
I was born and raised in the Greater Binghamton area and received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees from Binghamton University. I have spent the last 30+ years working for IBM developing and supporting the z/VM mainframe operating system. I have three grown children who have all graduated from college and are busy pursuing their careers.
I don’t really have a favorite book because I love to read almost anything I can get my hands on and I don’t typically watch movies or regular series on TV. However, I recently watched the entirePBS documentary on Vietnam and found it to be both heart wrenching and eye opening.
Current and Past Notable Civic Activities (boards, organizations/ [member/officer]):
In June I completed my four years on the BLI Alumni Association Board of Directors, the last two as Secretary. As a member of the board I have been the Event Co-Chair/Chair for BLI Canstruction. I also have been a member of the IBM Canstruction team helping to plan/build our structures and I have participated in our Day of Caring at the Lions Club Camp Badger in Spencer, NY.
Interests/Hobbies (sports, music, travel, etc):
I like to travel, mostly weekend trips to visit my children and friends, but after a trip to Ireland last year I am open to more overseas adventures. When I’m home I like to spend time gardening and working around the house on home improvement and decorating projects.
How did your BLI experience change your perception of the community?
As a lifelong resident of the area I never realized everything the community has to offer. We have an active arts and music scene, strong educational institutions and professional sports teams. I was also amazed at the spirit of volunteerism that keeps so many organizations up and running.
How did your BLI experience motivate you to become more involved in the community?
BLI opened my eyes to all of the different people and groups that make our community a better place to live and work. There are so many passionate individuals and their enthusiasm is contagious. We are constantly hearing so many negatives about our area but seeing how hard so many people are working to change that perception makes me optimistic that the future is bright and I look forward to being involved.
What was your most memorable BLI activity/moment?
Of course the first day team building retreat tops my list, but I also enjoyed learning about the large part agriculture plays in our community and at BOCES, the compassion that the educators there have for their students.
What was the most valuable benefit to you from your BLI experience?
The greatest benefit for me has been the people I have met, both from my class and the board, as well as insight into how I can help make an impact going forward in the community.
What “nugget of wisdom” do you have for your fellow BLI alum?
Stay involved. There are plenty of opportunities where your involvement can make a difference.