Welcome to my CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated on my surgery and recovery. I will be having surgery on March 7th at Barrows Neurological Institute, St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix. After being diagnosed with a growth on my cervical spine the surgery will involve removing it and then stabilizing the vertebrae. I have the utmost confidence in Barrows and my surgeon, Dr. Theodore. I expect to be in the hospital for approximately 10 days before coming home. After a period of rest and recovery I look forward to getting back to FosterEd and overseeing its successful statewide expansion. Thank you for your support, thoughts and prayers. Jill will keep you updated on my progress with posts on this site.