Medicare, Supplements, ACA
Insurance, a role based on service and education, represented the natural “next step” following my career as a public school teacher, a career I began in response to 9/11.
Origins: Born June 9, 1953, Bartlesville, OK – an “All American City” that, during most my public education, boasted of more PhDs per capita than any other community of 35,000.
Graduated from University of Tulsa, 1978: Telecommunications major, Art minor. Wrote art reviews for “The Collegian,” TU newspaper.
The Big Apple: Career opportunities, jazz music and art compelled me to move to New York City, 1982.
Publishing: Managing Editor, Racquet Quarterly, a glossy racket sports magazine supplemented by T. Boone Pickens for his nephew Kevin, the publisher. I established a new revenue section featuring resorts that I hired established writers to visit and review. Advertising sales supported this section.
Media: Contract Supervisor, Robert Serra Associates, Inc., a media buying agency representing The Cabbage Patch Dolls during their peak of popularity.
Marketing: Vice President Product Development, American Marketing Network, Inc. Fortune 100 clients.
Publicity Director, Copy and Concepts, “The One,” a novel featuring anthropological intrigue in the mountains of Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico. (I set up book signings, radio and TV appearances and meetings with film producers to discuss sale of film rights.)
Fashion Design: Fashion Institute of Technology coursework. Contract and Freelance knitwear design with these houses: Ralph Lauren, Jennifer Reed, Pierre Cardin, Victoria Jones, Tricot St. Raphael, Holiday Togs and Baby Togs. Independent projects with my label, “Think Pink, Inc.”
Brooklyn College Graduate School of Education. After completing my internship (Student teaching), I relocated to Stillwater, OK.
Master of Science in Education (Art Emphasis) Highlights: Phi Kappa Phi, international honors society and Kappa Delta Pi, international education honor’s society, Lambda Chapter President.
501c3: Executive boards, Stillwater Art Guild & TAG, The Arts Groups, an OKC consortium of art organizations. As interim TAG president I created blog to connect our 600 central and northeast Oklahoma TAG members. We hosted a membership party at the Oklahoma History Center.
Teaching: Certifications included: Journalism, Art, Secondary English, Elementary and Pre-K, all utilized teaching in urban and rural Oklahoma schools.
Oklahoma insurance license, 2015: Began working with The Robert G. Wheeler Agency. Intensive training in Annuities in Riverside, CA. and in Las Vegas, NV.
Medicare AHIP certification 2016: Affiliated with Bob Archer’s Classic Insurance Agency, Inc. (CIA).
Medicare Supplement Store in Promenade Mall: Open seven days a week, staffed by licensed & Medicare certified agents with hundreds of years of insurance industry experience among us; 180 CIA, Inc. affiliated agents working in three states. Satellite offices in many Oklahoma communities as well as events staffing including, the BOK.
HeartSongs: Lucky Joe, 6 year old Yorkie, nicknamed Coach; writing poetry and fiction; playing guitar, dance classes, gardening, meditation walks, audio books, reading, movies, and good conversations with friends and family.
Surprise! Experiencing the fellowship of sorority for the first time when my mother received her 75 year membership pin led to me being initiated in Alpha Chi Omega September 9, 2017.
Original Quote: “If the eyes are the windows of the soul, art is the trampoline!”