How long have you lived in Hernando County, and where do you live? Where did you live previously?
I moved to Hernando County in 2000. I previously had lived in South Florida since 1973. I moved to Miami from Ohio to attend college at the University of Miami. I needed a warm climate for health reasons.
Who are the members of your family?
I am married to Chuck Wilson, a wonderful man I met on a blind date. We do not have children, but are blessed with a large extended family.
Tell us about your career.
I studied gerontology at the University of Miami. My first job upon graduation was recreation director at the Miami Jewish Home and Hospital Adult Day Care Center. Later, I attended Lynn University in Boca Raton and received a master's degree in geriatric care management with a specialization in health care administration.
Throughout most of my career, I consulted in the long-term care industry, where I specialized in dementia, regulatory compliance and recreation. Ultimately, I opened my firm, which provides long-term care consulting and geriatric care management.
When my husband was transferred to Tampa in 2000, I intended to continue my career in west-central Florida. Instead, I became a full-time caregiver for my mother. After she died, I joined my husband in his firm, Wilson Technology Group.
What kinds of activities are you involved in now?
Professionally, I participate in the Rotary Club of Brooksville, Toastmasters and the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce. I also support the Hernando County Fair Association and Brooksville First Presbyterian Church.
Do you have any special hobbies?
I enjoy my work, but I also enjoy being with nature. Walking, gardening, farming (I have many animals), bicycling and reading are a few of the activities that I enjoy.
What are your favorite things to do in Hernando County?
Bicycling on the Suncoast Trail bike path, Market on Main Street in downtown Brooksville (the locally grown produce, honey and handmade items are the best) and the new Summer Nights in downtown Brooksville.
I also enjoy, but have found it difficult to find the time recently, working with the local food co-op in Brooksville on Saturday mornings. Volunteers like myself work the land and plant a variety of different vegetables that we can later enjoy.
What do you think would make Hernando County a better place to live?
We need to support our local business and community. This keeps the money local and creates jobs for our residents. For every $100 you spend at one of our local businesses, $68 will stay in the community. And you help the environment by buying from a local business. It conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation, among other benefits.
Tell us something about yourself that most people don't know.
I sell free-range chicken eggs. They are free of hormones and antibiotics and are raised on a farm that is free of pesticides and fertilizers. Once you have tasted one, you will never buy one from the store again.
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