Before purchasing the Westport Marina with her husband and sons in 1982, Dee worked in Albany, NY, as a Junior High Art Teacher and Art and Activities Therapist at the Capital District Psychiatric Center. She and her family enjoyed boating on Lake Champlain, based at Westport for 13 years, before becoming marina owners. They became permanent North Country residents in 1986.
Overseeing the management of the marina's The Galley Restaurant and Bar, plus doing marina marketing keeps Dee busy. Always involved in the Westport community, Dee served on the Board of Education for seven years at Westport Central School, where her five grandchildren are in attendance.
Current community activities include the Champlain Valley Heritage Network, where is she moderator, the Lake Champlain Regional Marketing Committee, and Westport Chamber of Commerce. She also enjoys painting acrylic lake-and-landscapes and singing with the Champlain Valley Chorus of Sweet Adelines.
Her particular interest in Lake to Locks Passage is to find ways to incorporate LTLP language in boating guides, to encourage the development of waterway interpretation, and to study the vacation availability, preferences, and habits of boaters to enable more successful marketing of the LTLP waterway.
She received a grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program for printing "The Narrows: An Interpretive Guide for Boaters," which covers Northwest Bay to Split Rock on the New York shore and down the Vermont shore to Basin Harbor. The text was developed for the historical narration on the marina's two-hour Philomena boat tour. Passengers listen to Champ stories returning from Vermont to Westport.
Since May 2012, Dee has been serving as Westport Chamber of Commerce president. She initiated a Plein Air Event in Westport, which has become a five week, three-part arts event, now called Spirit of Place. July-August of 2013 celebrates its 6th season.