Judy Putnam worked for the City of Fort Collins in the Light and Power Department for 23 years in various positions from Meter Calibrator to Special Projects Coordinator. As a young student, she gained a Masters degree in Biology and in retirement became a volunteer Master Naturalist with the City of
Fort Collins, CO. She also had a Realtor’s license in the state of Colorado for three years. She is recognized as a Zen Buddhist Sewing Teacher in both the Suzuki Lineage and the Katagiri Lineage. She has been helping students sew rakusu since 2004 and has been helping students sew okesa since 2013. In 2019 she was recognized by her Guiding Teacher, Angie Boissevain, as a lay teacher of the Dharma.