A native of Burlington, VT, Viv spent almost 4 years in Namibia, Africa as a teacher with the U. S. Peace Corps and then as a Community Liaison, helping to establish a Communal Conservancy in an area where she had elephants roaming through her yard. Upon her return in 1998, she settled in southwestern Massachusetts. In 2002 she moved down to Canaan, CT, where she continues to live with her two children, Emily and Elias. An at-home-Mom for many years, Viv went back to work full-time in 2010, managing the Accounting Department for Elyse Harney Real Estate. Viv continues to spend the majority of her free time in support of her children’s extra-curricular activities and sharing with them her love of music, crafts, cooking, and gardening.