“Cornell Botanic Gardens is the crown jewel in an already gorgeous university setting. I am motivated to support the Gardens in order to help promote and maintain the natural beauty and activity options it provides.”


I am a retired extension specialist in nutrition and spent over 40 years providing continuing education for nutrition and health practitioners, most recently in the form of online professional development. I focused on topics ranging from malnutrition and stunting in children in developing countries to obesity prevention in the U.S.

I have been a student or faculty member at four land grant universities (UC Davis, Oregon State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Cornell University), and my work has always been focused on the outreach mission. Being on the Advisory Council provides another way for me to support Cornell’s outreach mission by promoting the Cornell Botanic Gardens’ educational programs to students, the local community, and beyond.

As a nutritionist, I’m aware of the need to balance energy intake with energy output, and the Cornell Botanic Gardens, especially the Natural Areas, provide so many opportunities for people to be active. In addition, the Gardens provide examples of how cultures have combined nutritional needs with the botanical world to develop an amazing array of diverse cuisines.