Born in the copper-mining town of Butte, Montana, Judy emigrated with her young American parents to Africa as a baby. She moved back to the United States at the age of 20 after growing up in small towns in Namibia and South Africa. Having lived in Washington, Maine, and Ohio for her education in speech-language pathology and psychology, Judy completed her post-doctoral fellowship at UCLA and then worked as a cognitive neuroscience professor at Loyola Marymount University for 31 years. She and her husband also raised two beloved sons. Now Professor Emeritus at Loyola Marymount University, her projects have included a grassroots literacy program for under-resourced beginning readers, a program to help people with chronic pain, and a research program studying brain correlates of cognition. No stranger to the rain, Judy writes inspirational and uplifting fiction and non-fiction about hard topics for children and adults grounded in faith, hope, and the enduring power of love. She also serves to help those impacted by grief and chronic pain through mentoring. Judy and her husband divide their time between the beautiful Flathead Valley in Montana and Southern California. She enjoys spending time with loved ones, reading, being outdoors, photography, and music. Buttons and the Butterfly is her first children's book.