Education and Career History
I grew up in a small town in Ohio and earned my degree in elementary and special education at the University of Dayton. After graduation, I taught elementary and middle school to students with learning disabilities in Littlerock, CA. That’s in the Mojave Desert, so it was an interesting experience dodging tumbleweeds. Later on, I returned to Ohio and worked as a tutor for high school students in Vandalia.
My time as a tutor eventually led me to become an Air Force officer. I returned to the Mojave Desert as a second lieutenant at George Air Force Base, which eventually led to my deployment to Shaikh Isa Air Base, Bahrain, for 9 months in support of Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Desert Calm. I continued my military career stationed at George AFB until its closure, and then moved to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.
Throughout my time in the Air Force, I held various positions, including command and control officer, adjutant, executive officer, and protocol officer. At Andrews AFB, I had the honor of greeting our nation’s leaders as well as numerous heads of state from other countries. It was during this time that I met and married Captain Mark Skinner, who left active duty the week we got married and joined the Air Force Reserves.
After 7 years in the Air Force, I decided to change directions and became an administrative assistant at ACLI (American Council of Life Insurers) in Washington, D.C. until our son, Scott, started school. Eventually, I became a full-time domestic engineer and welcomed our daughter, Michelle, to the family.
In 2011, my friend Tracy Jackson recruited me to work part-time for Wealth Management Partners. It has been a pleasure and a challenge navigating the twists and turns of the financial world with Joyce Cool and Rob Ramos, who are the best bosses ever! Now I’m enjoying the new dynamics with Jessica Repasi coming on board with the company.
Life Outside of Work
Off duty, I enjoy crocheting and traveling with my husband, Mark, who retired from the federal government and the USAFR as a lieutenant colonel. I also take pleasure in watching our son, Scott, settle into his job with Homeland Security and our daughter, Michelle, as she continues her collegiate journey at the College of Southern Maryland.