Trisha was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She met her husband John in college at Bucknell University near where he was from. They will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in 2022. The couple lived in Pennsylvania before moving to Washington State in the late 1970s. They lived a short time in an active adult community there, somewhat like Quail Creek but a lot smaller and with fewer amenities.
Trisha joined The Women of Quail Creek (TWOQC) in 2021. “I first heard about TWOQC when we moved to Quail Creek in 2019, reading about TWOQC activities in the Quail Creek Crossing. I went to the TWOQC fashion show and learned a little about the club there, too. I was too busy to join TWOQC with our move and going through the intense four-month Arizona Sonora Desert Museum docent training program in 2019. But I became more interested as I read about some of the changes and new programs in 2020.
“The new members meeting was really informative, and I was able to go on the small group trip to the Helvetia ghost town. I really liked getting to meet people in a small group. I also made it to the members appreciation luncheon and really loved being randomly assigned to a table with others who were randomly assigned!
“John and I moved to Quail Creek without knowing anyone (no family or friends in the area), so I greatly appreciate all that TWOQC has been doing this year to welcome new members, and to have events and activities that make it easy for newcomers to meet others and make friends. Sometimes established organizations are cliquey without realizing it, making it hard for new members and inadvertently making new members feel left out. It’s wonderful that TWOQC is addressing this! I greatly appreciate that TWOQC has been going out of its way to welcome new members and to do things for people so they can meet others easily and feel accepted and that they belong.”
Trisha engages in many volunteer activities: docent at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, birdwatching, Quail Creek Photography Club, and Air Gun Club, along with numerous Unit 22 activities. She remains active on the Advisory Council of the Arnold Shultz Fund, part of the International Bluegrass Music Association Foundation, which provides educational grants to students of color to further their bluegrass music education, in addition to producing the International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual Momentum Awards. She has been on the board of Acoustic Sound, producer of the annual award-winning Wintergrass Music Festival in Bellevue, Wash., and will continue to produce and host the Wintergrass Music Educators meeting during the festival each year.
In 2022 Trisha hopes to return to Hawaii and visit family and friends and perhaps enjoy a break at one of Hawaii’s resorts!