Gretchen graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in fine arts. She served as the director of the Greater Lafayette Museum of Art in Indiana for three years before moving with her husband to Columbus, Ohio where she worked for the Ohio Historical Society in a new, federally funded office focusing on the preservation of the state’s historic sites. She earned a master’s degree in Historic Preservation and Architectural History and was appointed Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer for the state of Ohio. After 10 years in this position, she then opened GLK & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in strategic planning and board development for nonprofit organizations. She and her husband, Richard, moved to northern Virginia in 1995. Currently she creates one-of-a-kind and limited-edition jackets and shirts under the name Toad Hollow Designs. She is a member of Studio Fiber Arts at the Workhouse Arts Center and Potomac Fiber Arts located in the Torpedo Factory in Old Town.