Marcia graduated from the University of Maryland in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Sciences and a minor in Journalism. She worked as a Realtor licensed in Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia for over 20 years before she decided to make a career change.
As the former wife of a Navy Admiral, Marcia traveled throughout the world, exploring the history, culture and cuisine of each region she visited. She has entertained extensively and has taken cooking and wine appreciation classes both in the US and abroad. Marcia is a Chef and graduate of the Hospitality, Culinary Arts & Tourism Institute in Annapolis, Maryland.
In summer 2007 she was selected to participate in a culinary arts internship program on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Her blog, http://www.theadmiralschef.com chronicles her adventure. Her cookbook, “The Admiral’s Chef: Recipes from a Navy Wife’s World Travels,” was published in November, 2015 by St. Johann’s Press.
Marcia lives on the New Hampshire Seacoast, where she is pursuing a graduate degree in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. Marcia has three grown children: Gretchen Ki Steidle, President and founder of the nonprofit Global Grassroots and author of the book “Living from Within;” Brian Steidle, former Capt, USMC (author of book & subject of documentary “The Devil Came on Horseback”), and CDR Eric Steidle, (USNA ’04), US Naval Reserves.