I met my husband within the first three months of grad school. I kicked his a** at darts on our first date and the rest is history. Five years later,  we got married in the Texas hill country.

I’m mildly obsessed with my furbaby, Burt. He’s a rescue from a local shelter. Our once shy, scared, snappy pup has turned into a Grade A snuggler who loves to defend the homestead, play with his humans, and eat all the snacks. 

I’m one of three, the middle child sandwiched between two brothers.  I never wanted any sisters but consider my closest friends to be just that, some of whom I’ve known for twenty years.

I once considered becoming a wilderness EMT.  Instead, I joined a local wilderness search and rescue team and am now one of the field training officers.

I love traveling but don’t care much for sightseeing. I prefer to stay for a prolonged period of time, getting to know people and communities on a deeper level. Favorite experiences: living with an elephant-keeping community in northern Thailand and working with women farmers in northern India.

Road trips are my favorite, especially when they include camping. My favorite spots – South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Uganda and Rwanda.

I’ve committed my adult life to public service. I’ve worked with nonprofits and local governments throughout the US and abroad on projects related to affordable housing, economic security, ecotourism, environmental stewardship, youth development, and disaster relief and response.

I learned that life doesn’t always turn out the way you expect. Sometimes it’s better. Three years ago, I stumbled upon the book It’s What I Do by Lynsey Addario at my local library and it changed my life: I picked up my camera again, discovered the wonderful world of documentary family photography, and fell back in love with the simplicity and beauty of every day life.

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray. -Rumi