About Cheryl and Alan.

Welcome to our family and friends. This page, on Cheryl's website, is our attempt to easily share information with you.

Alan retired as a senior software architect at Northrop Grumman Corporation (formerly TRW), Information Systems Sector on January 1, 2011 after 32 1/2 years of service. Alan is a proud graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S. 1973) and the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee (M.S 1974 and doctoral work through 1978).

Cheryl is a vocal performer and teacher.  In 2010, Cheryl released her 3rd CD, "morning star" with talented friends Dawn Brooks and Cory Johnson. Also on the CD is the incomparable instrumentalist Greg Leisz. She released her first CD, "In the Mornin" in 2001.  She released her 2nd CD, "All the Things You Are", in 2005. For more information, see the other pages on her site.  Cheryl is now also mostly retired.  She retains just a handful of occasional students in her studio.

We met through video dating (Great Expectations).  Our first date was January 17, 1989  A.lan proposed on May 5, 1989 and we were married on July 2, 1989.  We have been sending letters to family and friends every Christmas and have found that that provides a good history of our time together.  You can view our letters for the years 20162015, 2014, 20132012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989. 

We both are dedicated to exercise and fitness, walking, biking, and going to the gym.  We are doing pretty good for people our age. Alan had his left hip replaced in June, 2013 due to arthritis which had forced him to quit running in December, 2012 after 36 1/2 years as a runner.  Cheryl had total knee replacement surgery for her right knee on September 3, 2013.  Then in 2014, Alan had his right hip replaced and Cheryl had arthroscopic surgery on her left knee.  We are the orthopedic tag team!  Now, with the orthopedic issues behind us, we are active seniors.  Alan rides his bike a lot, Cheryl walks a lot, and both work out at the gym consistently.

We are grateful for Riviera United Methodist Church.  Alan serves on the personnel committee and is the administrator for the church's records on the google cloud.  And, in 2015, he has served as lay leader.  That primarily means reading announcements, but he did give the sermon on laity Sunday in October.  Cheryl is the founder of the Monday Women's Bible Study and, of course, is a mainstay of the choir. (Alan also sings in the choir).  She is also leading the visitation ministry whereby homebound members receive visits and communion as needed.

Finally, you can look at our vacation trips.  Many of our friends ask about our photos.  You can see all our posted photos from our many trips on our flickr site - go to Cheryl and Alan photos on Flickr. (Choose "Albums" to see all of our albums).