a child will combine the talents of both parents and become successful
in a chosen career. Vicki is a bit different. She combined
the talents of her two sons and has launched a successful career
as an artist, but an artist with a difference. Son number one has demonstrated an ability to do almost anything with
a computer. Son number two is on his way to becoming
a successful actor. This combination of computer savvy and artistic
flair culminated in the launching of her unique artistic endeavor
- computer jewelry.
Ten years ago Vicki began making jewelry in a variety of traditional
mediums such as fimo clay, broken glass, and beads. Then, two years
ago, her son showed her some pieces from the inside of a computer
he had been working on. "They were beautiful," Vicki said, "particularly
the copper and titanium pieces." Shortly after that Vicki transformed
those pieces into earrings.
Vicki also saw possibilities in other parts of computers, cutting
apart mother boards and using those pieces to construct her jewelry.
But she always came back to the unusual and beautiful pieces inside
the computers themselves, and soon she was taking computers completely
apart and discovering all sorts of intriguing bits and pieces. The
result has been a full line of computer jewelry ranging from earrings
to pins to necklaces.
Vicki's earliest career was as a high school consumer education
teacher, but soon she became a full-time mother, nurturing her two
sons at home. Throughout her sons' growing up years she also volunteered
in a number of positions, including teacher aide, library story
teller, and developer of community outreach programs focusing on
healthy living. She also served three years on her local school board.
At 37 Vicki was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since then she has
been active in various cancer- related activities, counseling newly
diagnosed breast cancer patients, co-facilitating the Milton S.
Hershey Breast Cancer Support Group by leading monthly meetings
and planning a yearly schedule with outside speakers, and helping
to create and publish a medical resource book, "Show Me," for women
diagnosed with breast cancer. She also worked part-time as Director
of Community Outreach for the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition. Currently, Vicki works as a Young Adult Librarian at the Annville Free Library.
Opportunities keep presenting themselves to Vicki. In 1994 Lebanon
Valley College, located just across the street from her home, asked
her to serve as the Advisor to International Students. While helping
these students to adjust in different ways and generally being a
friend and mentor to them, she also had her own horizons expanded
and has since traveled extensively to places such as Belize, England,
But regardless of where she travels or what she does, Vicki always
returns happily to her home in Annville and enjoys sitting with
her husband on their large front porch greeting Annville neighbors
and LVC students and faculty. And meanwhile she works away at her
latest passion, a passion which combines one of the oldest of human
endeavors - jewelry making - with one of the youngest - computers.
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