I grew up in both Michigan and North Carolina: two places filled with abundant natural, wild beauty. From a young age, my family instilled in me the responsibility to love and care for nature. I began my higher education at Brevard College, where I learned many lifelong lessons about environmental conservation and stewardship while studying in the shadow of Pisgah National Forest. I hold a bachelor’s degree in English Education and a master’s degree in English/Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and am currently working on a master’s degree in Appalachian Studies. In addition to being an educator, I have enjoyed a dual career working seasonally in ecotourism and international hostel management in Puerto Rico. I am married to Ronald, who often helps with WKNC events, and have three step-children (or, as I prefer to call them, my sweet-children!) We live in the foothills of South Carolina, where we enjoy camping, hiking, biking, kayaking, and music-making activities. Before joining WKNC, I worked in the non-profit realms of refugee resettlement, international relations, and disaster relief following the 2017 hurricane season in the Caribbean. I am motivated by the creation of a more equitable society for all—none of which is possible unless we are able to preserve and share our natural resources!