I am co-owner of Big Island Climbing indoor bouldering gym in downtown Hilo, Hawai'i and I am also a Notary Public. I served in various communications capacities and executive assistant roles for 40 years, prior to movin to Hilo. I also work part time for the East Hawaii Cultural Center as a project manager. I am looking for additional work as a Notary, including real estate signings. I am in the climbing gym Sundays - Wednesdays from noon to 8 where I perform notary work and sell my creations that you see in this website.
I started out as an executive assistant and office manager right out of college. I worked my way up in the pharma biotech arena to become vice president and head of investor relations and corporate communications for Agouron Pharamaceuticals, a $600M pharmaceutical company sold to Warner Lambert for $2.3B in 1999, I was a member of the executive team that raised more than $550M to advance research in cancer and AIDS. I helped to bring the first HIV protease inhibitor to market for both adults and children. My advocacy work helped the company to obtain FDA approval for Viracept in only nine months.
After that, I stepped back and founded a small independent record label which I still run (www.PacificCoastJazz.com). I served as the executive director of the former San Diego Wellness Community, was a member of the boards of the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation in Los Angeles, past President of the San Diego Investor Relations Group, and I was one of the first presidents of Athena, San Diego.
I graduated from Stark Technical/Kent State University with my Associate Degree in Legal Secretarial Science. I also attended Akron University for a time. I am a native of Ohio, lived in California for 38 years and moved to Papaikou, Hawaii in late 2019.
During the Covid19 Pandemic I made myself available for virtual assistant work, but I found myself creating masks for folks who need them and then I learned how to quilt.
You sew? I didn't know that?? Yes, well, when I was a baby my mother was a seamstress. A damned good one. I learned from her. When I was in high school I entered the Pendleton Wool Contest and I did ok. (You know, we had to match the plaids, etc.). It was nuts. Then when I got out of high school, I made custom jeans for my friends. And Western shirts (with all that crazy brading and so on!).
I really enjoy being a Notary Public. I get to meet wonderful people and have become friends with some of my clients. I frequently do notary work for two local attorneys in their offices and I've taken on some real estate document signing work too. Please text me if you need my Notary services! let's set up a time to meet and get that done.