I was born and grew up in Twinsburg. I graduated from R. B. Chamberlin High School in 1970, and then went on to study biology at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where I earned a BA in 1974. I married Jack Williams (RBC 1968) later that year and returned to Twinsburg.
I am presently the Senior Medical Technologist for the Critical Care Laboratory at Akron City Hospital. My plans include retirement within the next year.
I enjoy travel, particularly spontaneous road trips across the USA. I am attempting to visit all 50 states, and have 13 to go. I also enjoy genealogy, reading, hiking and math puzzles. I have four children and four grandchildren to enjoy.
Many of my ancestors lived in Twinsburg, with some of them arriving as early as 1831. For that reason alone, I have probably always been interested in the history of Twinsburg. One of my earliest memories is of my maternal grandparents’ house being torn down to make way for the parking lot and drive-thru for the Twinsburg Bank. I didn’t know it at the time, but their house was the original Moses Wilcox house. As I grew older, I observed more historic properties destroyed in the name of progress, and I realized that if we do not act to preserve our history, it will be gone. Many years ago, my mother, Lea Bissell, and my uncle, Larry Richner, worked actively to assemble a collection of slides of places and people in Twinsburg. I watched mom give programs to school children and organizations in Twinsburg, and became more interested. Several years ago, I was asked to join the Board of Trustees and thought that this would be a good way to become involved with the preservation of Twinsburg’s history.
I have seen a great deal of progress in the last few years with the Twinsburg Historical Society. We have involved many new people with fresh ideas and different perspectives. We have updated displays, made Tales of Locust Grove a fantastic annual event, increased involvement of high school students, and increased our membership. We have a great website and Facebook page, both of which have increased our visibility in the community. All of these are goals toward which I believe we are progressing. I would like to see continued improvement in all of these areas, and I think it will happen. We have a great group of people working together.