Carolyn was born and raised in Ohio. After graduating from college, she developed a keen desire to leave the Midwest and explore new horizons. She moved to California and then Oregon where she has lived since 1981. Camping and hiking have always been favorite pastimes and she feels blessed to live in Oregon with its many opportunities to experience the natural world.
Carolyn has worked in the natural foods business, as a social worker in the inner city, and as an elementary school teacher. Along the way she has also worked a variety of low wage, low prestige jobs which opened her eyes to the many injustices endured by those on the lowest rungs of society.
While she and her husband were raising their son in the 1990s, scientific evidence of the escalating climate crisis became overwhelming and indisputable. This was a clarion call to action since the future of her son, his generation, and all other planetary life was under serious, existential threat. When asked what any of us can do to help solve the climate emergency, Kathleen Dean Moore advises, “Stop being one person.” Taking this advice to heart, Carolyn began volunteering with the Eugene Chapter of 350. Over the last five years she has participated in rallies, lobbying, nonviolent direct action and many other group efforts. She can’t think of a better way to spend her life than protecting what she loves - planet earth with its wondrous web of life.