I am a seeker, thinker, and writer. Writing has been an integral part of my career. As a program evaluator for major educational and cultural institutions such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, I have written policy briefs, peer reviewed articles, white papers, evaluation reports, blog posts, and conference presentations. As an author, I have published a memoir and an award-winning essay published in the Washingtonian. I received a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. My dissertation focused on wide-awakeness in the high school drama classroom. My Wide-Awakeness Project, which started with my dissertation, continues.
13 Things I Have Never Told You
- I moved 17 times between the ages of 18-44. I have lived in Indiana, Washington State, Texas, Washington D.C., Ohio, and Florida.
- I attended a yoga retreat in Bali. While in Bali, I visited a Balinese healer, bathed in healing water of Tirta Empul, hiked through rice terraces, and celebrated Nyepi.
- My essay, The Unspeakable Gift, was published in the Washingtonian and won the Dateline Award presented by the Society of Professional Journalists.
- I hung sheet rock in Big Ugly Creek, West Virginia during the same weekend I was thrown from a raft on the New River.
- I am fascinated by the Harlem Renaissance and Coco Chanel.
- I quit my job, got married, and moved to Miami from Cincinnati all in a one month period in 2015.
- I wrote my first poem when I was in third grade.
- I made a wish on the Southern Cross during a New Zealand adventure.
- I ran out of gas outside of Missoula, Montana in the middle of the night after seeing a Russian circus.
- Roger Taylor was my favorite member of Duran Duran.
- The diamonds on my engagement ring are from my grandmother’s engagement ring. I designed it with my husband.
- I had chicken pox the day Elvis died.
- I have completed 7 half marathons and one full marathon.