Veronica started her professional career with the New York Bell Telephone Company as a business office representative while attending St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated in 1964 with a B.A., English literature major and speech minor. Veronica went to work for the New York City Public Schools as a teacher and advisor to a drop-out prevention program. 1965 saw a move to Toledo and the beginning of nineteen years as a teacher-consultant, teacher, and part time guidance counselor. In 1970 Veronica received a Masters in Education Guidance-counseling from the University of Toledo. In 1971 she worked the summer with the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services as an employment counselor. From 1972 to 1977 Veronica continued her education with post-graduate courses at Toledo and Bowling Green while holding positions as Sergeant-at-arms and Recording Secretary for the Toledo Federations of Teachers. She was also a member of the Zucker Center Board of Trustees, serving as President in 1974-75. The 1980’s were a time for change and Veronica started law school while she continued teaching. In 1984 she began private practice law and pro bono legal services to residents of Bethany House, a local long term domestic violence shelter. Those services , to Bethany House, continue to the present day. Other elected positions and community involvement include monthly book reviews for the Toledo Society for the Blind, Member, Actors’ and Craftsmen’s Guild, Toledo Repertoire Theatre, The Interconnection, and the Lucas County Child Support Task Force. Veronica was a performing poet for sixteen years at the Toledo Museum of Art, local coffee houses, libraries, and First Night. Veronica is a published poet and has numerous awards and recognition for her community legal work and her work with the teachers union. Since 1984 she has been a member of various Toledo Bar Assn. committees holding the position of Secretary for the Lawyers Advisory & Legal Ethics Committee for four years then chairing the committee from 1994 to 2002. Despite all of her professional successes and awards Veronica will tell you she is most proud of the fact that all of her cats have been rescues and lived into their late teens.