Credentials and Experience

  • 30 years of training, facilitating, and keynote speaking
  • membership in the National Speakers Association since 1982
  • earned NSA's Certified Speaking Professional designation in 1991
  • elected member, NSA Board of Directors for two 6-year terms
  • 25+ years of volunteer leadership in NSA and NSA Michigan
  • founding member, twice past president, NSA Michigan

Awards and Recognition

  • The Charles Leadership Award from NSA Michigan
  • Toastmasters International Communicator of the Year
  • Lansing Community College Distinguished Alumni
  • Toastmasters International Communication Achievement Award
  • Michigan State University Communication Arts & Sciences Outstanding Alumni
  • Michigan Society of Association Executives Diamond Award


  • National Speakers Association (NSA)
  • NSA Michigan
  • Michigan Society of Association Executives
  • Greater Lansing Visitors and Convention Bureau
  • National Association of Career Women
  • Mid-Michigan chapter of ASTD




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