In today’s changed world, nonprofit organizations, such as the German-American Heritage Foundation are facing unaccustomed challenges. I am interested in serving on the GAHF Board of Directors, because I believe I can assist the organization in fulfilling its mission in two principal ways: communication and programming.
I joined GAHF because of the faith the Foundation placed in me by publishing How German Ingenuity Inspired America. My inspiration for writing the book came through my friendship with the co-author of my first book, I’ll See You Again, Lady Liberty (The True Story of a German Prisoner of War in America.) Not only did Ernst Floeter motivate me to research German achievements and contributions to America, he also rekindled my interest in my mother’s German heritage. Further, working on German Ingenuity with Hardy von Auenmueller and Katja Sipple convinced me that I want to be part of the GAHF “family.”
A history graduate of Eastern Michigan University, I hold a master’s degree in education from EMU and a master’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University. I retired in 2006 from the State of Michigan after serving for thirty years as a writer. Previous positions include writer for the University of Connecticut and English instructor at Northwest Ohio Community College.
For the past thirteen years, I have been a volunteer with Hospice House, Sparrow Health System, Lansing, Michigan. In 2009, I was named Hospice Volunteer of the Year; in 2011, I was the Hospice nominee for the Capital Area United Way Volunteer of the Year Award. My responsibilities have included writing and layout design for the program’s newsletter as well as creating informative foyer displays for family and friends visiting hospice patients.
My interest in German contributions to humankind continues as I am now conducting research on German-American activism in the Underground Railroad. I would be honored to apply the communication and programming skills I have acquired over the years in support of GAHF.