As an administrator of wildlife areas in the state of Illinois, I wanted to move to the mountains to relax and retire. Whoops, change in plans! After working more than fifteen years with Biltmore Estate, I now serve as the Director of Grounds Operations. A big part of my job duties include the Field to Table program. I oversee the management of greenhouses, livestock, and field crops. Oh, yes! I also manage the forest conservation and the animals who live there. I love my work and where it happens.
Once in a while Deborah catches me for some cottage maintenance issues she can't tackle, alone.
Was there ever a time we didn't have each other? We can't remember.
Knowing no other place in the world other than a little village called Herrick, Illinois, we set off as newlyweds to meet the world.
Twenty years later we decided to step outside the midwest and move to the beautiful Smoky Mountains.
Waynesville, NC was where we landed. All it took was one glance at the mountain range from Lake Junaluska and we were smitten with Western North Carolina.
Fortunately, we have never let this new love come between us. ;-)
I'm often the wild card played in this story. My degree is in Education Administration. I'm nationally board certified as an exceptional needs specialist. Also, I have worked with online facilitating and developing educational programs through the University of North Carolina. I retired from all public education and taught private music lessons for several years.
Over the last five years, I have managed the cottages, orchestrating great vacation memories for our cottage guests.