Co-owner of The Natural Healing Garden and Goods from The Garden.
I am a mother, wife, daughter, sister, grandmother, aunt, God Mother, cousin, boss and friend.
I am a Chicago-native and grateful to have received my grandmother’s “Hospitaliano’” Italian, Classic American and baking magic. My mother was also a gourmet caterer in the 70’s & 80”s. Food preparation is in my genes.
Back in 1981 I began a career path with McDonald’s Corporation and received dynamic experience and mentorship in operations, training, marketing and risk management. I have also had the opportunity to work and mentor employees with disabilities, as well as work with folks from around the world. I received a degree in Hamburgerology while attending Hamburger University in Oakbrook, IL. My classmates, over one hundred, awarded me the Golden Hat Award. It's awardedto the most helpful, involved person attending the class. I was quite thrilled and caught by surprise.
As an adult learner, I attended Mesa Community College and studied Conversational Spanish and the University of Phoenix, where I earned my Certificate in Human Resource Management in 2004.
I do credit my husband Richard as an inspiration for my entrepreneurship and community involvement. We have operated our Natural Healing Garden Wellness Center in this great town of Prescott and will be celebrating 10 Years in March of 2021. We launched Goods from the Garden, Catering & Events in 2015. We support many charities and non -profits, including Prescott Area Women Who Care (PAWWC), Habitat for Humanity, Prescott Area Shelter Services (PASS.) local museums and other groups where we can lend a hand. I have also assisted and dedicated time to many community events as a culinary specialist. I am also a proud Prescott Chamber of Commerce Ambassador. I sure love Prescott!
Our Goods from the Garden team serves three meals a day to men and women in recovery or treatment for behavioral challenges. It is so rewarding to feed healthy fresh food to people in need. We assist with their wellness one bite at a time.
My company was truly honored to be named, Best of Business-Catering 2019 by QCBN readers. Soon, we will be opening up “In Season Deli” in the Prescott Gateway Mall Food Court, which is across the way from our Garden Event Center, where we host events.
Some of my biggest business challenges stem from rapid growth during the past year, along with food and operational costs, obtaining quality ingredients, attracting and retaining the right staff, and setting up my own self-care routines and downtime. I am grateful for my business coach that had led me to a brighter path of leadership within my organization and family!
I do feel I have the most rewarding job. God has been great to my family. Although catering is hard on the body and requires long hours and dedication, I am grateful that I can still spend time and “be a Grammy” to my grandsons. I am truly blessed.
Creating culinary experiences is such an honor. I love sharing healthy food options with a large variety of health-centered choices that focus on utilizing fresh produce and delicious food.
My team is dynamic and passionate. I love, love, love working with clients and our community.
My next dream is to “offer culinary services to clients, families and caretakers with cancer and other auto-immune diseases and ensure that no child or person goes hungry.
We will have prepared packaged foods to feed the community, along with culinary and dietary workshops.”
I am truly honored to have been nominated for the ATHENA Award, along with other great women in our community!