Roots and heart in Pittsburgh, but raised in the DC Area. Over the years, I have pursued my career in consulting (20+ years) while succeeding on the academic side with only a dissertation away from my Doctorate. Together, my career and academic pursuits have been fulfilling. However, I prefer to be known for how I think, what I believe, and how I enjoy live. Everything in life is about relationships and interaction. I am an optimist at heart, but realistic as well, so I thrive in any environment and look forward to the next time I get to learn something new.