Gerri grew up in the rural South, received an undergraduate degree from Florida State University and completed a Master’s of Social Work degree at the University of Maryland. During her forty years of social work practice, she worked with children and families in a variety of settings. Gerri had enjoyed a lifetime of gardening. As a Master Gardener, she created an award-winning yard and nurtured over two hundred orchids on the lanai of her home in Tampa, Florida. Always an avid reader, Gerri began writing with intent following retirement. Her works have appeared in The Florida Writer, Orchids: The Bulletin of the American Orchid Society, The Sun, Odet, The Tampa Bay Sounding, and Wanderlust: A Literary Map. Joining Toastmasters International ten years ago, Gerri has grown into an enthusiastic, high-energy speaker who has competed on various stages. She performed on stage at the Florida Storytelling Festival in March 2017 and now speaks to groups about writing and RV travel. Join Gerri!