When Peg was six years old she moved with her parents and two brothers from their hometown of Syracuse to Chenango Bridge. She graduated from Catholic Central High School, BCC, Niagara University and received her Master’s in Social Work from Marywood College. While in grad school Peg’s interest in volunteering began with coaching St. Catherine’s (now St. Francis of Assisi) girl’s CYO basketball team which was comprised of CV students. Admittedly, as coach she traded knowledge for enthusiasm. Peg moved to Port Dickinson upon marrying her husband Mark and they have now lived in Hillcrest for the past twenty five years. It’s safe to say that the Chenango Valley area is “home.” Peg and Mark’s daughter Megan and son Matthew are Chenango Valley graduates. As seniors, both were voted “class comedian” by their peers, a distinction that greatly pleased Peg, and for which she takes total credit. While Megan and Matthew worked their way from Kindergarten through 12th grade, Peg enjoyed being involved in a variety of activities. She was a PTA member, grade parent and Building Leadership Team member. Each of those involvements resulted in plenty of fun and friendship. She became a co-leader of Girl Scout Troop 315 spanning 18 years. That’s a lot of badges, bottle drives and Thin Mints. Also during this time she was a high school Religious Education teacher at St. Catherine’s. This led to being asked to train in Syracuse, to become a certified group trainer, in the Virtus Program to "keep kids safe." Peg went on to train numerous groups of people who would be working/volunteering with children as staff, teachers, coaches etc. at St. Catherine’s/St. Francis and was subsequently asked to provide a training to the Chenango Valley faculty and staff.
Upon receiving her MSW, Peg began working at Catholic Social Services, the counseling division of Catholic Charities. She provided therapy to individuals, couples and families for seventeen years as well as counseling services to underserved/low income pregnant women, and their families, at the deMarillac Clinic at Lourdes Hospital. Seeing the numerous unmet basic needs many people had, prompted her involvement for the past 30+ years with the Nearly New Shop in Binghamton. This organization has provided clothing to those in need, at low or no cost for decades. Peg also volunteers at Catherine’s Cupboard, St. Francis’ food pantry.
In 1998 Peg began working for Chenango Valley as the School Social Worker at Port Dickinson Elementary. In that position she provided counseling to students, individually and in groups, as well as support to their families. Over the years responsibilities expanded to include PD’s conflict management program, Kelso, co-running PD’s Morning Program, Mental Health Supervisor for the Primary Project and facilitating PD's Backpack Program. Peg retired in 2019 and felt it was an honor to work at Port Dickinson, for 21 years, with the best, most dedicated co-workers a person could hope for.
While not being strongly political, Peg decided to become a Broome County Election Inspector and has done this for the past several years, believing the right and ability to vote are hugely important. She also worked door to door for the United States Census, in 2020, covering the Chenango Valley area as well as the city of Binghamton. Since retiring, she has gotten involved with Broome County Meals on Wheels and delivers lunches to 13 homes each Thursday. Having been touched by several friends with cancer or blood disorders, Peg began donating blood many years ago but, in recent years, switched to donating platelets. It’s time well spent and very much needed.
Though she's a self taught kazoo player, Peg always dreamed of learning to play the ukulele. When she was invited to join just such a group recently, she jumped at the chance. The group is perfect example of people coming together, in our wonderful community, encouraging one another and having fun.