I support various causes, including the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) coursework for girls. STEAM curriculum includes “the arts” in its definition. I encourage both.

I found it challenging to build MedAire into the leading travel health and security solutions company without the benefit of a four-year degree or an extensive business background. STEM and STEAM curriculum would have benefited me greatly in junior high and high school, and it’s gratifying that this knowledge is offered in classrooms today.

I also support the nursing vocation, young aspiring aviators, and the good work done at the Verde Valley Sanctuary. This women’s shelter in Cottonwood, Arizona exists to support vulnerable women and their families during domestic crises.

My husband, Frank, and I recently attended a Verde Valley Sanctuary winemaker fundraiser dinner with Dina and Mike, our long-term industry friends. It was such an important event and helped raise funds and resources for those who need it most. One goal was to collect business and casual clothing so that women can more confidently re-enter the workplace. Believe me, I cleaned out my closet — such a small effort with powerful impact. These types of clothing donations, as well as monetary donations and attendance at fundraisers, really does make a difference.

I hope that everyone is inspired to support their local women’s shelters, and if you are local to Cottonwood or the surrounding areas, please consider donating to the Verde Valley Sanctuary.

What an enjoyable evening!

Vin de Filles is an Arizona Women’s Project supported by Page Springs Cellers, located at the foothills of Sedona, Arizona. This project was founded during a grape harvest in 2019 by Gayle Glomski who works at Page Springs Cellars. Page Springs Cellars harvesting crews were committed to picking grapes, so she gathered a crew to run her pick. The pick was moving quickly and efficiently with lots of fun energy. Gayle noticed that the crew was 99% women, all embracing grueling physical labor and loving every moment. This ‘ah ha’ moment created the momentum to recognize and support the women behind wine production which is a male dominated industry. www.verdevalleysanctuary.org

From vines to bottle, we present to you a 100% female produced wine called ‘Vin de Filles.’ https://pagespringscellars.com/vin-de-filles/Attending these types of events positions women to overcome hardships and re-enter the workplace. Community donations of business and casual clothing can make all the difference. Believe me, I cleaned out my closet. But our participation also supported this tremendous cause overall — a shelter the operates because the people of Arizona care. https://pagespringscellars.com/vin-de-filles/