Born and raised in Framingham, I was brought up just around the corner from Focus on Fitness. I graduated from Framingham High School class of 1962, graduated from Framingham State in 1966 with a BS in elementary education and in 1978 received a master’s degree in reading and language arts. I was a fifth and sixth grade teacher in Holliston Public Schools for 12 years.
I began running on April 1, 1978 and have turned by passion for fitness into a business. My goal was to help others feel good about themselves through exercise and being healthy. I started doing aerobics in a church basement and continued to expand my business over the years. Today Focus on Fitness is located in a 15,000 square foot facility that has a large fitness area, two studios and a pool.
Over the years I have completed 22 Boston Marathons, 1 Newport Marathon and 1 New York City marathon. At the age of 40 years old, I placed 3rd in my age group in Newport with a 3 hr. 20 minute marathon and when I was 51 I placed 2nd in my age group in the 1995 Boston Marathon. Two records I am very proud of today.
I still run, have become fond of cycling and teach a variety of classes at the club. Step, Hi/Lo Aerobics, Muscle Conditioning, Spinning, Group Power and Pilates are my favorite classes to teach. I have certifications in all these areas with a broad certification with ACE, the American Council on Exercise, since 1986. The best part of my job is teaching. I always tell everyone I am still a teacher. My students are different and so is my curriculum, but you can’t take the teacher out of me!
Today I make it a goal to do something physical everyday of my life. I believe that focusing on fitness is a fun way to a healthier me.