I am committed to personal and social responsibility and have been involved with organizations and work which I believe reflect both my interests, skills and abilities, and commitment to community health and wellness. I completed my undergraduate work right here at WOU and had the privilege and luck to be introduced to some truly inspiring and motivating instructors and professors. I started teaching at University of Nevada, Las Vegas while simultaneously earning my M.Ed. and working as a graduate assistant in the UNLV Health and Wellness cluster as a case manager.
Upon graduation I returned to Central Oregon and worked with Deschutes County and the Commission on Children and Families. Upon returning to the Willamette Valley, I decided to pursue teaching in earnest, it seemed to be the most rewarding, meaningful, and congruent opportunity to affect change and be a part of “the solution”. I started at WOU in the fall of 2008 and have enjoyed and treasured every minute.
My work focuses on understanding human behaviors, motivations, personal, familial, and societal impacts with regard to alcohol and other drugs, human sexuality, and relationships. There is so much interconnectedness, in these three topics in particular, and most of what I teach is underpinned with ideas and discourse which encompasses empathy, behavioral change motivations and theory, compassion, and humility.
Beyond “work”, I enjoy reading, traveling, playing games, camping, volunteering, talking politics, sparking controversial conversations, and spending time with friends and family.