BFA Photography and metalsmithing Oregon College of Art & Craft
“You cannot ever hope to find yourself and understand yourself until you have first become lost and misunderstood yourself” - Teal Swan
Where did you grow up? In the hills outside of Great Falls, MT
Tell us about your family. Growing up much of my time was spent camping, fishing, and rock-hounding with my parents in the mountains of Montana. I’m an only child and I’ve always been very close to my parents. My mother taught me to be a strong and independent woman. My dad was my rock and best friend. He taught me everything from making art, building houses, and gardening!
Share something about yourself that might surprise people. As a kid my mom was constantly needing to clean out the washing machine because I’d put all the rocks I’ve collected into my pockets, the same is true today (except I empty my pockets out before washing).
Briefly describe your work experience. I’ve been an Art Teacher, Program Director of an art camp for youth, a Photographer, Custom Picture Framer, Park Ranger, Climbing Guide, Yoga Instructor, Ski and Snowboard Instructor. The last four years I’ve worked in Wilderness Therapy as an Advanced Lead Mentor till I was promoted to Field Director of Elements Wilderness Therapy.
If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?I am so content being back home in Montana that if I had a free week I’d love to spend it loosing myself out in the mountains backpacking.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? I’ve just started paddle boarding and have found that being on the river is a grounding balance for me. I also enjoy yoga, rock hounding, and perfecting my skills of campfire cooking. I enjoy gathering information on all sorts of things to expand my knowledge.
What draws you most to this type of work? I enjoy that working with people is dynamic and changing. You learn to be flexible and unattached to outcomes. I’ve had so many role models and people guiding me along the way, this work gives me an opportunity to pay that forward.