Genii dropped out of high school and
later found herself a divorced mother of a son and daughter trying to figure
out how to support them with no office experience and totally no business
The answer came in the form of entertaining through the medium of
puppets (which was not an area remembered as a child). All she knew was that
being Positive and using her Imagination that anything she wanted she could
have which could be interesting ... and profitable.
She changed her name from Jean to
Genii as it seemed to have magic attached and she needed a lot of that if she
was to survive with the children and THE MAGIC HAPPENED!
She went on to create
a zillion puppets and marionettes and performed professionally from Disneyland
and into Las Vegas, made commercials funnier, pulled strings in motion pictures
and was a co-performer with Carol Burnette on her show with a look-a-like
figure of Carol’s charwoman Genii had created.
Genii's big dream was to have a
birthday party theater where children could have a special place of honor to
enjoy. What then began as a tiny storefront theater, expanded four times into a
two story 5000 square foot building where thousands of kids and parents
celebrated for 18 years consecutively with many being famous stars of stage,
television and motion pictures.
Genii has been awarded many honors
including several by the Puppeteers of America for advancing puppetry, Who's
Who in America and NAWBO, the National Association of Women Business Owners. In
between and at present she leads womens, self discovery seminars and Playshops
such as: TheCinderella Connection: Inner Child Healing Doll Classes; The Power
Women; and The Thirteen Goddesses of Inner Light.
Genii is the author of: The
Little Light Being: The Sickness Bug; Out of the
Gourd-inary .... Plants with an Attitude; Conversations About Ultimate Destiny
with Who-No, A Spirit Coach, Discover a Genii's Secrets of How to Grant Your
Own Wishes, and The Sedona City of Light.
Genii lives in Sedona, Arizona. She
and her business partner Charles Betterton have co-founded two cause-oriented
companies (the Imagination Celebration, Inc. and Ultimate Destiny Network and
three non-profit organizations (The Light Center, Ultimate Destiny University
and CENTER SPACE (the Center for Spiritual, Personal And Community
Genii delights in creating celebrity
marionettes and presenting them to the star so they can pull their own strings.
She is now working with Ultimate Destiny University to create “empowerment
marionettes” of world- class authors and trainers such as Deepak Chopra, Les
Brown, Mark Victor Hansen and celebrities such as Oprah, Whoopi, and Ellen
Degeneres to help children of all ages become empowered and learn how to use
their creative imagination, Imagine That!