Tanzania Team Bios
While I was raised as a military brat and lived in many places, I have been a Floridian for twenty-four years, almost five here is Sarasota where I live with my father, Frank Howard. I am a retired educator having served thirty-three years in the profession as a teacher, school principal and Director of Education for Florida Virtual School. When I retired three years ago, I was running a program to train online principals. It is this passion for education that has drawn me to this Tanzanian project. In addition to my professional career, I have raised six children and currently enjoy spoiling my seven grandchildren and newest great grandson. I am active in the parish as the coordinator for St. Vincent DePaul, a Eucharistic Minister, Eucharistic Minister to the homebound and altar lady. I look forward to this opportunity to serve the parish and our fellow brothers and sisters in Tanzania.
I was born and raised in the Chicago area. I graduated from St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA, stayed and raised a family. Then I moved to Kauai for almost four years, before settling in Sarasota. I spent my work career in various business organizations. My most fullflilling was as business manager for the western region of Illinois for Lutheran Social Services of Illinois. I was priveledged to work with many social service professionals in areas of foster care and adoption, behavioral health and senior services. I helped them develop budgets, procure funding, file financial reports, etc., and hoped that my small contribution aided them in their work with the many they served. At St. Thomas More, I am a member of St. Vincent DePaul, a Eucharistic Minister and a Eucharistic Minister to the homebound. Hopefully I can add to the team and STM in our goal to make a difference in Iringa, TZ.
I received a bachelors degree form Penn State University and a Master from Rider University. I served in the Marine Corps, including 13 months in Viet-Nam at Con Thien and the infamous Khe Sahn. My unit received the Presidential Unit Citation for action at Con Thien. My professional career was spent in financial areas, including several supervisory positions. I even taught auditing for eight years at Burlington County Community College. My current volunteer work includes five years at the Sarasota National Cemetery, and several years with the Red Cross. Past volunteer work includes several years with Humanity Working To End Genocide, and Saint Vincent de Paul.