I love facilitating exposure to difference and helping people grow their cultural competency. I’ve most recently coordinated study abroad experiences for colleges students at the Institute for Study Abroad and managed mentor-scholar pairs at Starfish Initiative, but my formal training is in history, sociology, library science, and technology.
I hail from New Carlisle, IN. My formative years were spent in Oklahoma and New Mexico on military bases, I went to college in Virginia, studied abroad in England, and found myself back home again in Indiana in 2006 for graduate school at IU. I’ve lived in Indianapolis since 2008 with my spouse. I’m a mom to two very precocious girls and a flock of laying hens, and I lead a Girl Scout troop, so there’s no shortage of opportunities to practice patience and humility. I’ve been sewing since I was in pre-school and teaching sewing classes locally since about 2014.
Interfaith experiences shaped my spiritual trajectory. I grew up in very secular family, but spent summers with my devout grandparents, and actively sought out opportunities to find community at friends’ and neighbors’ places of worship. In every faith tradition, I found something fulfilling, but I found my spiritual home in the Episcopal church over many years. I’m active in my faith community as a lay leader – my greatest joy is being a Godly Play storyteller, but I also volunteer my time as a grant writer and administrator of my parish’s technology loan program.