Born and raised in Chicago, I have always been a pioneer. I was one of the early women in the sciences; one of only 3 women in a class of 65 earning a BS in Chemistry from University of Illinois Chicago. After college I was employed by GD Searle, one of the premiere pharmaceutical companies of the era. There my primary research concentrated on dissolving blood clots – an endeavor which was awarded international publication. Thereafter I took time off to start a family. When my husband established his practice in Denver, I returned to my love of the sciences as a teacher. I taught math and science for nearly 10 years at both the middle school and high school level, including in the prestigious Cherry Creek School District outside of Denver. I also worked in programs benefiting under-resourced students through outreach programs in remote school districts, and as a tutor in the “No Child Left Behind” program.