I am a semi-retired consulting statistician with my own business, Vanward Statistics. Central Iowa is my home, where I live a quiet life with my husband and our two cats. I grew up in Hull, Massachusetts. When I was fourteen (1965-1966), my parents and I spent most of a year living in Mexico City, then returned to Hull. Later, I spent seven years in Oregon, going to Reed College and, afterward, looking for work and working. I returned home from Oregon in the winter of 1976-1977, developed psychosis that spring and have been under treatment since. In 1980, I started going to Recovery meetings (a life saver) and have been a leader since 1993. I moved to Iowa in 1983 to go to graduate school at Iowa State. I met my future husband that fall. My husband is a native Iowan. The spring of 1985, I received my MS and my parents, my aunt and I took a month long trip to Norway. We went to the homes of my eight great grandparents and I met some of my Norwegian cousins. That summer, I got married. I received my PhD in 1992. Since then, I have done some work; part time for ISU, some teaching at a local community college, and some routine labor, as well as working for myself in my consulting business.
I like to read, attempt to garden, am an amateur radio operator (kb0mpl), and write not particularly good poems, some of which have been published in Lyrical Iowa. Astrology is a strong interest of mine. I have written a number of papers and articles, also two books on R syntax, under my maiden name, Tollefson, which I use in my professional life.