I am a retired clinical social worker with over forty years of working in medical and behavioral health settings. My boyhood playground was the woods and fields of southern Michigan. The sense of the freedom and beauty I felt there was renewed when I came to southern Arizona. Donating and volunteering with Sky Island Alliance has been a way to give back to the land, and thanks to the staff, a way to learn and appreciate the environment on a deeper level. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue giving back by serving on the Board. I especially look forward to supporting the binational work that Sky Island does with our partners in Mexico to protect, restore, and preserve our magnificent shared home in the Madrean Archipelago.