The magnificent Pacific Northwest was the starting point for Claire, having grown up in Bend, Oregon. As the eldest of eight children, she was exposed to the delights of working with children, and eventually it became her career.
After graduating from Marylhurst University she found her dream job of teaching kindergarten, first, and second grade students. In retirement, after 32 years as an educator, Claire had time to explore many activities: Racewalking Team (Portland-to-Coast and Cascade Lakes relays — 14 years),Toastmasters International (4 years), Inside/Out Group at MacLaren Juvenile Correction Facility (mentoring and developing life skills presentations — 19 years), and co-chair of the Hillsboro chapter of Stand for Children (lobbying for education — 5 years).
In late 2015 she discovered Washington County Kids. Having taught younger children, and as a parent and grandparent, Claire knew firsthand the necessity of these programs and their value for children and their parents. The children realize opportunities to gather new knowledge and experiences, and their parents have the assurance of diligent care.
In her free time, Claire and her husband are fond of exploring museums, spending time with their two grandchildren, and traveling.