In my professional life, the threads connecting my journey have been teaching and coordination. I received my bachelor's in secondary education, worked in vocational rehab as a trainer, and worked for several years in behavioral health as a coordinator. In graduate school, I taught at the college level and earned my Master's in Public Health in Community Health Education. I worked as a health educator for Kaiser Permanente Colorado and honed my project management and health literacy skills, while continuing to train and coach people working to make life changes. At the University of Alaska Anchorage, I developed and coordinated the LEND program and served in liaison and collaborative roles on many committees with the State of Alaska and other community groups. In my first years as a training and education consultant, I have focused on college readiness skill building and transition for Alaska Native and rural Alaskans and supporting organizations that support families with special needs. I have supported non-profit health equity work with immigrant and refugee communities. My passion for health literacy and language access flows through all of the work I do.
Coming to Alaska: When I arrived in Juneau at age 14 from Colorado, I instantly felt at home. I loved the mountains, the ocean, and the giant Sitka spruce forest. I went Outside for graduate school and to gain experience in Denver before taking a year to travel the world solo. After trekking in the Himalayas and spending a summer with Mongolian nomads, I was ready to come home to Alaska in 2011. After 7 years in Anchorage, I have found my home in Sitka, Alaska.