When my youngest of four children started in school, I went to work for the American Red Cross as their Director of Health and Safety Services in Marin County, California in 1985. After three years, I decided to to back to school to finish my BA degree and was offered a part-time position with the Marin County EMS and OES departments doing their public education work. That was when I joined IAEM, achieved my CEM and got seriously interested in the whole emergency management field. I went to work for Lawrence Berkeley Lab as their EM in 2001 and that is when I got my MS degree and finished my CBCP. In 2006, I left the Lab for the position of EM at UC Davis and that is where I retired in 2010. I’ve been teaching emergency management students since then.