Hi, my name is Bonnie (short for Bonita). While I am now in the San Diego area, I had lived in Lake County, IL most of my life, and graduated from Deerfield High School as a member of the National Honor Society and an Illinois State Scholar. I was active in choir every year, and my main extracurricular activities were the Drama Club and (dramatic) Forensics team.
I have a B.S. from Purdue University in General Agriculture, which was mostly spent studying Landscape Architecture. While at Purdue, I was elected president of the Purdue Society of Landscape Architects, served in Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, and was a member of Pi Alpha Xi Agricultural Honor Society.
After working for five years as Payroll and Personnel Manager at a Chemical Company in Northbrook, I went back to school to study art. I earned an Associates Degree in Illustration from the American Academy of Art in Chicago.
Since that time, I had been raising my children, and homeschooled them through high school. One is finished with college and the other is about to finish. I did some temp assignments with Manpower during those years, and a lot of volunteer work. This include leading the Junior Choir at our church for several years, teaching art at our homeschool group, and making many costumes for my childrens' plays with CYT - Christian Youth Theater. I also worked on sets committee when they did Les Miserables and had a lot of fun painting the barricade.
I also had been self-employed as a real estate broker in Illinois and launched my own firm from 2003 to 2011.
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