Terri was born in Redwood City, California and
currently resides with her husband, David, daughter, Jennifer and son,
Christopher in Lompoc, California. Jennifer, born with spina bifida,
recently graduated from high school and is currently attending college.
Assisting her through the transition process inspired Terriís decision to
Terri started her career in the military as an Army
Medic. After the birth of Jennifer, Terri chose not to re-enlist in order
to devote her complete attention to Jenniferís needs. This also enabled
Terri to be actively involved in Spina Bifida Association chapters
wherever Davidís military orders sent the family. She held offices as
president, treasurer and newsletter editor. She also volunteered to work with the Armyís
Exceptional Family Member Program and received the Outstanding Family
Service Award for her devotion to community service at Ft. Lewis, Washington.
When David retired from the Army, Terri found
employment with United Cerebral Palsy Association, Santa Barbara County, as
the Program Coordinator of the Childrenís Community Integration Program for
the next ten years. She organized and led groups of up to eighteen children
with varying orthopedic impairments on monthly outings in the community. On
April 14, 2003, California's Gov. Gray Davis appointed Terri to the Area
Board on Developmental Disabilities.
Now that Jennifer is attending college, Terri went
back to school to earn her (BSN) registered nursing degree that she put on
hold for the past nineteen years. She planned to continue writing additional
resources on varying topics for people with disabilities and their families.
It is with a great deal of sadness to announce that Terri passed
away April 30, 2006. She put up a valiant fight against breast
cancer but is now resting in the arms of our Lord and Savior,
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One of her parents' proudest moments... witnessing
Jennifer achieve two important goals her senior year: (1) Graduate! (2) Have
the strength to walk across the platform to receive her diploma.
All this occurred following her 27th and 28th operations, anterior and
posterior spinal fusions, the summer prior to her senior year.
|We celebrated Jennifer's high school graduation
in Oahu, Hawaii on Waikiki Beach. From left to right: (back row)
Christopher, David, Terri, and in front, Jennifer .