I am inspired by the beauty of blown glass made from the ashes of a volcanic eruption–think Mount St. Helen–and by the fact that, as the oyster shows us, pearls can be made from tears. I have a Ph. D. in English and have spent my career focused on issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality. My goal is to coach others toward success, as each individual defines it, in whatever realm he or she desires it. We are all in this together and I consider it a privilege to join another person on a small part of his or her journey.