What does your role at APU entail?
I like to think of my role as the “Sweeper” in soccer. I fill in where is needed as well as work on special projects. One of the projects I will be working on is to establish a research center at APU that helps to provide opportunities for faculty, students and our awesome partners.
What did you do prior to APU?
Before coming to APU, I was the Director of the National Tribal Water Center (NTWC) at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. At the NTWC we focused on water and sanitation infrastructure research, supporting Alaska Native and American Indian communities on their quest for sustainable water resources, and integrating art and culture into our community outreach and education efforts.
What are your goals for this school year?
My goals for the school year are to help establish the framework for the APU research center, assist with the development of the Atwood Art Center and meet as many amazing APU students as possible!
Where did you go to school? What did you study?
I received my Bachelors of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Fort Lewis College in Durango CO. My Master’s of Science is in Applied Environmental Science and Technology from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
What is your fondest memory from when you were in school?
I have so many great memories from my study abroad in Newcastle England, powder days at Durango Mountain Resort, and mountain bike racing on the FLC bike team. However, I would say my fondest memories are of the adventures I took with friends that I made while I was in school.
When you were a college student, who was the most influential person in your life?
When I was in school one of the most influential people in my life was my ceramic professor. He always had time to listen and always looked for the good in people.
What do you do in your free time?
I love to mountain bike, ski (classic, skate, and tele) as well as spend time pursuing my many artistic endeavors.
What’s something people would be surprised to learn about you?
This one time I painted a 2000 ft. mural in two days for an event at the Anchorage Museum.
What are you most excited about for this job?
I am thrilled to be able to connect my skills as a scientist and artist to my passion for the environment and culture all in one job!