Growing up in a small upstate New York town, Colleen experienced love, joy, peace, community, charity, caring, and a sense of self-worth. Her expansion began at an early age as she donated her time and energy to assisting the less fortunate. From this experience Colleen learned a great lesson as she reaped fulfilling rewards. She realized, ‘I feel better about myself…I want to share...it's only right. This is what God wants me to do.’ Colleen’s satisfaction from giving has grown over the years and she currently assists others though her community service at church, her children’s schools, and through other volunteer programs. Colleen’s goal is to empower others to the ‘art of giving’ through her books. Colleen lives in Reston, VA with her husband, two boys, Pete the Purple Puppy and Pete's friends Dewey, Psych and Dude.