Term: 2022-2025

I came to ERUUF in 2018 looking for a spiritual home and became a member in the spring of 2019. I immediately got involved in a Chalice Circle in which I’m still active. I immersed myself in numerous racial justice offerings during 2020 that were transformational. For the last year, I’ve been part of the Generosity Sunday Committee and baked cookies for Urban Ministries’ Community Café. I’ve also been active with the Refugee and Immigrant Action Group on behalf of a young family who resettled to Durham from Afghanistan in 2021.

I’ve lived in Chapel Hill for 30+ years -- most of that time with my late husband Jerry Oster until he passed away in 2020. I was born in our nation’s capital but grew up living abroad, mostly in Latin America because my father worked with the US Agency for International Development. It was an extraordinary experience, and it gave me both an appreciation and respect for other cultures and a love of travel.

I graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in modern dance and danced semi-professionally with the Roz Glatter Dance Company before moving to New York to study at the Erick Hawkins studio. I got my masters in Nonprofit Management from the New School and worked in a few different educational and arts nonprofits in NYC and NJ.

I worked for 26 years at the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits, a statewide nonprofit which works with board and staff members of 501(c)(3) nonprofits. I served as Acting President when our longtime founder and CEO retired and the board was hiring her successor. I left as Senior Vice President in 2018 because of chronic health issues. I am now retired and am enjoying being able to do different things and on the timeline of my choosing!