About Me

I am originally from a very small town in Fayette County called Point Marion in southwestern Pennsylvania. I have two younger sisters who are twins. I came to State College in 1988 as a sophomore in college. I went to Penn State's Fayette campus for a year before transferring to University Park to pursue a degree in math teaching. After a couple of semesters, I determined that math wasn't for me and switched to a counseling program in education called Rehabilitation Services Education with a focus on adolescent addictions counseling. Sadly, after my internship, I learned that addictions counseling wasn't for me because so much of the disease is about lying and I couldn't handle that every day. So after graduation, I took a job with a temp agency until I could figure out what I wanted to do with my life. Not great pay, but it did help me determine what I didn't want to do. Eventually, the temp agency placed me with the Copy Center and I ended up being hired into a full time position in the Copyright Clearance Office. The work was challenging and most days interesting.  After a while, I decided to pursue a graduate degree and chose Instructional Systems. The rest is history career-wise.

April and Chris fixed.jpgI think most people who know me would say that I am friendly and easy going. Throughout the years, I have learned how to balance my personal and professional lives and am happier for it.  I recently got married on March 20, 2010 to the wonderful man in the picture, Chris Millet. He is also in the educational technology field, which is how we met actually. We were developing a workshop on podcasting together. He's a manager in Educational Technology Services and supervises the Media Commons.

Between us, we have three pets, my dog, Badge, and his two cats, Oreo and Nickel. All of which were adopted from animal shelters in the State College area.


We have an organic vegetable garden and try to be as green as we can even car pooling in to work together every day. 

I have a few hobbies including my guilty pleasure of reading smutty vampire books, knitting, golfing and making polymer clay creations when I have the time. I have visited more than half of the states in the United States. 

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