A Little Bit About Me

I earned a Bachelor of Science in Animal Behavior from the University of Michigan, and a Master’s degree in Education from Indiana University.

Post-college, I worked in veterinary medicine, as a technician with a focus on feline medicine. One of my favorite summers was spent working on a forestry research project for Purdue University, getting paid to listen to bird songs!  

A long-time advocate for animals and the environment, I've spent the majority of my career in education and nonprofit leadership in Oregon and Indiana. 

I hold a certificate in plant-based nutrition from T. Colin Campbell’s Center for Nutrition Studies, am a mentor with Challenge 22+, and am a certified vegan lifestyle coach and educator (VLCE) through the Main Street Vegan Academy in New York City. I am co-founder of Middle Way PAWSS, a program with a mission to provide safety for survivors of domestic violence and their animal companions. 

I am the board president of Uplands PEAK, Indiana's first sanctuary for farmed animals. I also serve on the board of Pets Alive, a local nonprofit dedicated to ending the overpopulation of animal companions in south-central Indiana. I am also a founding board member with Vegan Interactions, an international organization based in the U.K., working to promote effective communication based on science. 

Originally from Cincinnati, I've been a Hoosier for nearly 20 years. I live with Bloomington Animal Shelter alums:  Luna (a golden retriever/Australian shepherd mix) and six ridiculous cats (Henry, Fern, Darwin, Simon Greggie, Hazel and Watson).