BIG CAREER CHANGE & GROWTH!
My BIG career change to residential Real Estate is something I have been moving toward for my whole life, and am very excited to make! Real Estate is in my blood! I bring the legacy of having both of my parents be Realtors, for over 35 years for my mom and 50 years for my dad - plus, my brother Jim is a commercial broker with Keller Williams in Westerville, Ohio. Add to that my cousin Jane is a Realtor in the Dallas area.
My professional experiences have prepared me as well. For more than 40 years, my work with youth and family agencies and organizations has focused on helping people with life's transitions - planned and unplanned. As a counselor, program manager, youth minister, CEO, consultant and teacher, I have been privileged to walk with individuals, couples and families as they have made decisions and taken actions that changed their lives forever. My experience with, and understanding of, life changes and transitions provides the foundation for the skills and support services that I bring to my clients as your Realtor.
From a personal perspective, I know what buying and selling entail from more than a dozen real estate transactions with my husband in four states over the last 20 years. I am a certified Home Stager and love to work with people to de-clutter and rearrange rooms, closets, basements and garages to make them look - and show - their best.
My Professional Background
Since 2010, I have worked as consultant and writer for numerous organizations, ranging from sole proprietor businesses, to community based nonprofits, to national membership associations from Boston to Dallas to Columbus and many places in-between. In 2013, I added "author" to my resume with the publication of my first book, “The Can Do Chronicles.” It, and the Can Do Workplace, published in 2016, are both available on www.amazon.com.
Most recently, I served as Executive Director at Thompson-Markward Hall, a residence for 120 young women, ages 18 to 34 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. TMH provides a safe, engaging environment for young women from around the world to stay from two weeks to two years, discover Washington, DC and make lifelong friends. TMH is in an historic 86 year old building that has taught me valuable “property management skills” whether I wanted them or not.
My work as nonprofit leader goes back 20 years. As the CEO of Mount Saint John, Inc. and Girls Incorporated of Worcester, two youth-focused nonprofits in New England, I served as a collaborator, advocate, community leader and fundraiser. Prior to that, I worked in national behavioral health programs and provided direct services in public mental health agencies and in private practice.
To strengthen and enhance my skills, I completed the Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate program at Georgetown University’s Center For Public & Nonprofit Leadership in the McCourt School of Public Policy in 2008. My educational background also includes a Masters in Psychology from Catholic University of America, and a BS in Psychology, cum laude, from the Ohio State University.
On the Personal Side
I live with my husband, Ned Hogan and our adorable Westie puppy, Gracie, in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County, VA, a suburb of Washington, DC. I have lived and worked in Northern Virginia on and off since 1977.
Ned and I love to travel, primarily on big cruise ships, and have visited Bermuda, New England, Mexico and many destinations in the Caribbean. We are active members of Holy Trinity parish in Georgetown, where we both have previously served on the staff. Originally from Columbus, OH, I am a big Ohio State Buckeyes football fan. I belong to my neighborhood book club and happily help coordinate the monthly “wine on the deck” events with our neighbors. I am a member of the Rotary Club of Alexandria, with our awesome motto: "Service Above Self.”
My life goal is to support and help individuals, families and groups successfully navigate times of "change & growth" so they can make a Can Do difference in their part of the world!
Hope + Gratitude = CAN DO.