During a 1974 Easter break, from a teaching position in
center city Philadelphia, I fell in love with
the island of Ocracoke. The move was permanent in
1977. My entry into the Ocracoke workforce was a combination of 6 years as the volunteer pre-school teacher
and numerous bussing and waitress positions. 1982 marked the start of my real
estate career when I signed on with the original Ocracoke Island Realty. I took
the opportunity to purchase the Ocracoke Island Realty in 1985 and ran the
business from my dining room table until we built the first real estate
storefront, on Ocracoke, in 1986. After too many years of managing the details,
the business was sold in 1992.
Three babies grew up in and around the real estate office
starting with Soren, the first born in 1980; then came Ellice in 1986, and
Lasse in 1988.
I've lived in this village for 29 years. I've received a
lot; I've met wonderful people within the year- round population and many who
leave a piece of their heart behind when they go home. I've found a warm sense
of community and belonging. And I've had the chance to give back. From the Crab
Festival Foot Race, to the Youth Center Board, to The Berkley Steering
Committee for the community acquisition of The Berkley Manor, to the Civic and
Business Assoc., and the years spent on the Building Ordinance Review Board,
I've learned the ethic of working together for the community.
My current responsibilities include the new real estate
company, the continued accounting/upper management duties for The Slushy Stand
(since 1994) and the commercial property management of The Community Square