M. S. Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, August 1994, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV . Clinical Speech-Language Pathologist in public schools 1994 - 2006. 1983 - Present; Active Army, Army Reserves and Army National Guard with a ten year break between 1991 and 2001. Re-entered into the National Guard on 9/11. Direct Commission, 2003. Medical Service Corps Officer, AOC Patient AdministratDeployedployed as a Medical Company Commander, Kabul, AFG, 2010. (Bronze Star Medal, Operation Enduring Freedom, 2010; Army Commendation Medal, Patient Administration Officer In Charge, Community Based Warrior Transition Unit, Sacramento, CA, 2009 and 2008; Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, 2008; Outstanding Training Soldier of the Cycle of 538 Coed Army Basic Training Soldiers, 1983. Who's Who In American Junior Colleges, 1979, Clairmont Art Award, 1979.). * I would like to 'inform and inspire, surprise and delight' your listeners with a personal account of having increased the capacity for peace-building among thousands of school-aged youth and their instructional staff. Since the events of 9/11, I have honored a personal commitment to choose a school, plant and facilitate at least one Peace Pole (garden spot) on the campus each year - for the rest of my life. Most remarkably, during my deployment to Kabul Afghanistan, 2010, I was able to receive five Peace Poles and I was eventually granted approval to dedicate one of those on the International Day of Peace, 21 SEP 2010, to the community at The Marefat School, downtown Kabul. There I was, the Commander of a medical unit out of the Vermont Army National Guard, a female officer, on their stage! Boys and girls were separated in the audience but the entire event was led by male and female students. Briefly, as I approached the podium to speak, I wondered if I might be shot. I did not care! I knew that the hearts and minds of the Afghan people there were craving the same things I was; joy, stability, self-determination, freedom of expression to inspire goodwill and great works among people, PEACE! I was overwhelmed with humility to be a speaker on their special day. Fear was NOT and option. I deeply believe that every American school needs a Peace Pole near the entrance or as close to the required American flag pole as possible. I believe the time is NOW to celebrate our world family in peaceful pursuits. I believe in the simple words, 'May Peace Prevail On Earth' brought to our consciousness by Masahisa Goi, Japan, 1955, to have the power to ease tensions in our children, their schools, our leaders, AND to inspire all that is good in humanity. Although I am agonistic, I do not mind referring people to the World Peace Prayer Society, an all inclusive, all embracing not-for-profit grassroots organization associated with the Department of Public Information at the United Nations. I often refer to the Peace Pole inscription as a 'message', 'wish', 'affirmation', or a 'mantra'. This has been helpful when seeking approval from thoughtfully resistant school boards or public officials having power to approve or deny a Peace Pole location. Our land is punctuated with relics of war. Our children are craving to be inspired by positivity, resilience and peace! Can you feel it? I can!
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"May Peace Prevail On Earth". Establishing a U.S. Department of Peacebuilding, as begun by Colonial patriots. Peace is profitable since it is more sustainable than self-interest, violence, and a world at perpetual war. War depletes us, Peace sustains us. tEACh pEACe
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The mission of the World Peace Prayer Society www.worldpeace.org; An all inclusive, all embracing not-for-profit grassroots organization associated with the Department of Public Information at the UN"
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The Soldier Above all others prays for peace for it is the Soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war (GEN D. MacArthur). Soldier = in and out of uniform!
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Bouncing back from adversity! Always "Hunting the Good Stuff".
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Peace Poles 4 Public Schools! * I would like to "inform and inspire, surprise and delight" your listeners with a personal account of having increased the capacity for peace-building among thousands of school-aged youth and their instructional staff. Since the events of 9/11, I have honored a personal commitment to choose a school, plant and facilitate at least one Peace Pole (garden spot) on the campus each year - for the rest of my life.