Having grown up in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York, then spending fifteen years in the city of Detroit and finally settling in the foothills of the Smokey Mountains of East Tennessee, has nurtured in Tama the ability to see life from a variety of perspectives. Through her vivid imagination, expressive manner and colorful use of language she touches the minds and hearts of listeners through story.
Tama’s work history has reflected variety as well. Armed with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Keuka College, she started in community mental health. She then progressed into finance, first in the health care industry and now in automotive manufacturing. Meanwhile, she and her husband raised two sons and now enjoy three grandsons. With the empty nest upon her, Tama has embarked upon the journey to earn a Master’s Degree in Communication – Storytelling at East Tennessee University. The theme of variety pervades storytelling for Tama as well.
She tells all kinds of stories from folktales, to Jack tales, personal stories, historical stories and a collection of original stories she calls stories that simply need to be told. This later group is focused on raising awareness of social and societal issues. Additionally, she has garnered an assortment of tall tales she calls Tom Tales, all based on stories she heard from her father, Tom. Tama shares the story journey in a multitude of venues including retirement homes, rehabilitation facilities, Tellebration, Swapping Grounds at the National Storytelling Festival, various local festivals, schools and churches.