Born in Hartford, CT. Grew up and graduated high school in East Hartford, CT. Attended Western Connecticut State College and Greater Hartford Community College. Employed 11 years by Sonitrol Security in Hartford, then 3 years at District 1199 New England Health Care Employees. In 1989, relocated to rural Nebraska. For 8 years, was editor of two weekly newspapers, writing about and photographing events. In 1999, relocating to Des Moines, IA, was like moving home to Hartford. After working 2 months for a lobbyist, diverged to the public sector and have worked for the state courts ever since. Semi-retired now. Early American history is my enduring passion. Reading and understanding the context of settlement and colonial times through the civil war; researching my family history; traveling to historical sites - presidential homes and libraries and family heritage excursions. From this developed involvement in Daughters of the American Revolution, first as homage to my ancestors then as volunteer and leadership activity. I am secular. Engagement with my community is a personal value. In CT, I was president of my neighborhood organization and an appointee to the city human relations commission. In Shelton, NE, I was the first woman ever elected to the village board of supervisors. Even more satisfying was being a founding officer of the library foundation and local historical society. In Des Moines, I’ve worked with League of Women Voters, Polk County Master Gardeners, and Beaverdale Neighborhood Assoc. Another enduring passion is my marriage to Rick Kozin, director of the Polk County Health Dept. Our connection began in 1984, when he interviewed for a job with a my neighborhood organization. It has yielded a wealth of life experience for a “city girl” transplanted to the heartland. The cultural offerings of Des Moines, from Jimmy Buffett concerts to the Planned Parenthood Book Sale, are pleasures to be savored. We like it here.
— Greg Graffin
— Sister Joan Chittister, Nov. 12, 2004, to Bill Moyers