I graduated from Coachella Valley High School and enrolled at College of the Desert in 1974. I discovered anthropology while at COD and took all of the anthro courses offered. I transferred to ASU for a year, and then to Cal Poly, Pomona, where I earned a BS in Anthropology and Geography. I went on for an MA in anthropology at CSU, Fullerton. Post-graduate work in archaeology was conducted at the University of Leicester, England. My research interests include Cahuilla culture history, archaeology of the Coachella Valley, cultural resources management policy development, prehistoric ceramics, indigenous language preservation, rock art, and traditional uses of native plants. My career has spanned 30 years doing environmental and archaeology-related work both in the public sector and as a consultant. In 2012, I retired as the County Archaeologist for Riverside County. Since then, I have been teaching anthropology courses for COD and love it! I feel like I have come full circle to a place where I got my start in education and where I found my path toward a great career.