Ann was born and raised in California, to a Methodist mother and Baptist father. As a compromise, her family became Presbyterian.
She attended St. Olaf College in Minnesota, where she met her husband, Lyle. Ann and Lyle have two sons. Ian, lives and works as a physics teacher in Cedar Rapids and Christopher lives in Minnesota.
Ann worked as a teacher for several years, educating on a variety of subjects including Spanish, Algebra and U.S. History. She commented that while she always loved the kids, she did not always enjoy the limits and regulations imposed by the adults.
Ann serves on our Council as the Sharing Christ representative. Her involvement in social concerns began at a young age, beginning with the famous baseball player Willie Mays, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and her church family at Bidwell Memorial Presbyterian Church. She grew up watching Willie Mays and was angered when she found he couldn’t get housing due to red-lining. It was Bidwell Memorial’s public stance of acceptance and welcoming that first made Ann realize the church could have an important impact in social justice.
While Ann enjoys traveling and has been to Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua and Cuba, she has yet to manage a trip merely for pleasure and relaxation as a tourist. Instead, she has spent her time abroad in language study or mission trips. Her knowledge of Spanish has opened many doors for her, such as being an interpreter for an adoption from El Salvador and being able to make personal connections with native people while on mission trips.