I was born and raised on a small off shore island in Maine. Acadia National Park was my back yard. I matriculated University of Southern Maine and graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice. In pursuit of career I moved to the Chicago area where I received lawyer’s assistant training at Roosevelt University. I was senior paralegal at a law firm in Hammond Indiana. We represented the electric and gas utility, a regulated industry and we defended in medical malpractice. After twenty years in litigation practice, I visited Grand Canyon and gained a new attitude at a new altitude. I visualized and made the change back to small town living in the Grand Canyon and Williams area just before the turn of the century. I worked for the Verkamp family in a curio shop overlooking the Grand Canyon for two years. The Verkamp’s had a foot hold at Grand Canyon since 1898, prior to the Fred Harvey Company, the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad and the National Park Service.
There was this outstanding tour guide who visited the shop with his guests. His name is Marvelous Marv. He made me an offer I couldn’t refuse and I have been committed to Marv and his Grand Canyon tour ever since. Best gift I ever picked up at a curio shop!
For five and a half years I worked as a contractor for the Grand Canyon Association. My duty station was Albright Training Academy as receptionist. This training center is where all National Park Service employees spend two weeks on campus learning the mission and career paths. What a wealth of relevant information I learned as I interacted with people from all over the world and participated in the training.
I have become interested in women’s history in the west and especially Grand Canyon. I attempted to organize a volunteer group of Harvey Girls to celebrate the El Tovar Centennial. Xanterra, the successor company to the Fred Harvey company, elects to ignore this rich history in modern times. I participate in the Fred Harvey/Mary Colter Fan Club Facebook site and I am a member of the Grand Canyon Historical Society.
Further, this is my fourteenth season driving a hiker shuttle to and from the north rim for Trans-Canyon Shuttle, another independent company providing a valuable service the the National Park. I have done the rim to rim hike but I prefer to drive.
I look forward to providing our tour guests a life changing visit to the Grand Canyon.