BA Multidisciplinary Youth Studies, Cultural Anthropology, & English
-University of Texas, El Paso
AA Child Development -El Paso Community College
“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly” -Fuller
I’m a native Montanan. I left after high school, but finally moved back home in 2016. I grew up in the small, nearby town of Libby. It’s a beautiful area, and I visit as often as I can get away. I has all my favorite mountains and lakes!
My mother, sister, and brother (and their families) live here in Montana. I’m very happy to finally be near them all again! My husband is in neonatology, and divides his time between Kalispell and our home in San Diego. He often works in Alaska, as well. We have a teenaged daughter, adopted at birth, who loves being in Montana as much as I do!
I have a long history of animal rescue and wildlife education. I have raised a lion cub, a marmoset monkey, an arctic fox, a kinkajou, and dozens of others. I was also an educator at the San Diego Zoo some years back.
After five years in the military, I went directly into social services, including time spent with the developmentally delayed and disabled, geriatrics, brain injury rehab, at-risk youth, and early childhood. Before Summit, I spent some years as a Training & Curriculum Specialist, working with children and teachers in child development centers on military bases. My family lived and worked for two years on US installations in Germany. It was an amazing experience, especially since I love castles!
I’ve been fortunate enough to have been able to visit most of the continents and countries that I have wanted to see, but I have yet to go to the Amazon. I’d love to spend a week exploring the jungles of Columbia, Peru, and Brazil!
I know it will sound terribly ordinary, but I most enjoy spending my free time with my family, my friends, and my dog. We can usually be found outdoors, in the mountains, when we have the time to escape. We all love nature-based activities like hiking and camping!
I have always been drawn to work that might allow me to make some sort of a difference in the world. Even though I have worked with all ages and abilities, from early childhood to geriatrics, I have to say that working with teens has always been my favorite and most rewarding vocation. I’ve done a lot of things, been to a lot of places, and met a lot of fascinating people…I think if I am able to offer even one helpful bit of guidance to a young person who needs it, then my time here on this planet will have been well spent.