|I was born in Kansas
City, Missouri, and lived in a trailer until age five (yes, I am
trailer trash and proud of it!) We moved across the state line to
Overland Park, Kansas, where I attended grade school at John Deimer,
junior high at Nallwood--where I actually was a (crappy)
cheerleader (I'm front row, far left and yes, they misspelled my name on my megaphone patch)--
and senior high at Shawnee Mission South. Throughout
my youth, I was active in choir both at school and at Cure of Ars
Catholic Church. I also played (mediocre) guitar for the folk
mass. I've worked at a taco restaurant, security for J.C. Penney,
and was a typist for a veterinary magazine in college.
is the one and only photo of me in a bikini, taken in 1981, with my dad
Vacil, my sister Vicky and my mom Carla. Yes, I thought I was
fat. Little did I know . . . .
I attended law school at Tulane Unversity in New Orleans (talk about culture shock). There I met and married Larry Mandala, who freely admits he'd have never graduated if I hadn't made him study.
(yes, really!) has been a constant problem for me, and while I wouldn't
I've totally overcome it,, I've certainly overcompensated for it.