Dee is a retired music educator who served in the Napavine, Mossyrock and Onalaska school districts for over 20 years. Her high school ensembles were consistently rated superior at contests and festivals, and many of her students performed in honor ensembles throughout the west. During her 10 years at Mossyrock, Dee’s high school choir received the top trophy award at the Massed Choir Festival seven times, while her high school band received the top trophy award at the Massed Band Festival eight times. Dee has also contributed to her community as a professional percussionist, conductor and piano accompanist. She performed with the Southwest Washington Youth Symphony, the Northwest Wind Symphony and the Southwest Washington Chamber Orchestra, and was a strong presence in the formation and early operation of the Southwest Washington Massed Band Festival. She has also served as organist at The United Churches of Olympia.