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Beth attributes her volunteer experiences at Marquette as having helped shaped her life, placing community service at the core. “If I have any success it will be in sharing the inspiration I found at Marquette,” she says.
And inspirational she has been. Upon graduation, Beth joined the Peace Corps in Namibia, Africa, where she taught chemistry and physics to 375 students. She also led a campaign to collect equipment and raise funds to replace the laboratory that had burned down the year before she arrived. The importance of Beth’s mission was underscored by the fact that until their independence in 1990, black Namibians were often discouraged from studying math or science. Under her tutelage, one student won the silver medal in the national science fair and students in her environmental club started a profit-generating recycling project.
Beth works as a mechanical engineer with TLC Engineering for Architecture in Miami. Much of her profession is devoted to sustainable building education and practices. As a volunteer on the local chapter of the United States Green Building Council’s Public Policy Committee, she supports regional, county and citywide green building initiatives. Beth’s love of nature is reflected in her favorite pastime, kayaking in the Everglades and the Keys. She also enjoys spending special time with “little brother” Secorey; she and her husband Erik are Big Brothers Big Sisters representatives for fund raising activities.