I have been blessed to pursue a career in public service, both in government and now as a consultant with non-profits and corporations in their government relations, development and strategic planning activities.
Over the years, I have consulted internationally on development matters related to education, security, health, energy, and business development. Geographically, I am particularly focused on development in (MENA) the Middle East and North Africa and the Americas.
Areas of particular focus include health freedom, complementary and alternative systems of healing and therapies, autism spectrum disorders, dietary supplement regulation, vaccine safety and injury, traumatic brain injury, children’s health, trauma recovery, military/veteran’s health, hyperbaric oxygen therapy for PTSD and TBI, and end of life/hospice care.
I am honored to have given a dozen years to public service. For almost five years I served as Professional and then Senior Professional Staff to the United States House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform where I led the health oversight activities of then Chairman Dan Burton. I will be forever grateful for Chairman Burton for giving me the opportunity to work with the Committee and the Congress.
Prior to working with Congress, I served for seven years in administrative and committee management positions at the National Institutes of Health in international, rare disease and alternative medicine activities. Those seven years turned out to be not just about working, but also about learning from the men and women I worked with. I learned so much about health sciences research, government procedures, and the history of medicine from tremendous individuals, some whose names are well known, and many who served our country for decades with little to no recognition.
I am driven by a passion for promoting and protecting liberty and with a strong spiritual foundation. The older I get the more I realize how important protecting liberty is to securing for future generations the opportunity to live a life full of hope and opportunity. I also realize that the sure knowledge that I have of the existence of a higher power – what I was raised to call God has given me a strong spiritual foundation. I am also curious by nature and believe in lifetime learning. It is that journey of learning, both in and outside of my work that I aim to share here. I hope it provides value to any or all that take the time to visit here.
The very much enjoy reading the works of Rumi. His poetry connects at a heart level. He once said, “When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
I have from time to time reviewed the writings of one of our greatest founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson. In all of his letters to friends and family, he wished them good health. He has dozens of statements that underscore the connection between health and liberty. For example: “Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society. One of the issues I think gets too little discussion by all three branches of government is the actual role of government (based on the Constitution.) Mr. Jefferson may have summed it up best: “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.”
I have the honor of having been a founding Board member of the National Autism Association, a position I resigned when it created a conflict of interest with a client. I have also been honored to train and serve a hospice volunteer both in my local community and in Veterans facilities. I am blessed to be the mother of 4 amazing adult children and a grandmother. When my children were young, I volunteered with both the Girl and Boy Scouts of America. I currently serve as an International Ambassador to the Citizens Commission for Human Rights, an organization focused on improving human rights in mental health globally. And in line with my interest in complementary therapies, I am certified as a Level III Universal Reiki Master/Teacher.
It should be noted that all opinions expressed on bethclay.com are expressly my own and do not represent those of any organization or individual I have worked for, or whom I consult with unless I have specifically stated such.