Mother got off to a late start on career, but now she's made it


September 12, 1996|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHEN SHE should have been preparing for the future, Jodie Williams dropped out of high school at 17 to marry her sweetheart, Clayton Unger.

Then, five years ago, Williams made a decision. She told her husband, "I think I should be doing more with my life" and "I'd like to see just what I can be."

But she found that without an education, there was little hope for a professional future.

She enrolled in Anne Arundel Community College, held down a full-time job, cared for her husband and two young sons, and had a 4.0 grade point average.

Today, with a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy, the summa cum laude 1996 graduate of Towson State University is taking her place where she always dreamed of being: in the professional world.

This month, she begins work in the county schools as a therapist for children with special needs.

Unger likes to boast in particular about two of his wife's accomplishments: that except for one B, she received all A's during her five years in college.

And that she's 40.

'Peter Pan' auditions

The Anne Arundel Community College Moonlight Troupers will hold auditions from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday for the parts of the three Darling children and the lost boys for the fall production of "Peter Pan" in the Pascal Center for Performing Arts.

Auditions for the adult roles will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

The cast consists of seven females, five males and an ensemble of Indians, lost boys and pirates. The production, sponsored by the college's drama club, is based on the play by James M. Barrie, with music and lyrics by Mark Charlap and Carolyn Leigh.

Peter Pan and the three children will fly above the stage, courtesy of the stage flying company, Flying by Foy.

Performances are set for three weekends beginning Nov. 8. Three midweek performances will be held for elementary children.

Information: (410) 541-2457.

YWCA seeks volunteers

You name it, and our local YWCA needs volunteers for it.

The list includes the gift shop, the monthly flea market, the November indoor golf tournament and the bowl-a-thon next March.

Committee members are needed for finance, membership, personnel, program planning, public policy, public relations and volunteer development.

Help also is needed for the domestic violence program, career services, parental skills services, the West County Family Support Center and the Teen Infant Program at Meade High School.

Information: (410) 626-7800.

Pub Date: 9/12/96

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