A public personal view into my life in the Pacific Northwest.

I grew up in Cincinnati, OH and graduated from Ohio University in 2001, with a Bachelors of Science in Magazine Journalism. After a year of freelance writing for local magazines, writing copy for the local morning show for the Cincinnati CBS affiliate WKRC, and slinging Bloomin’ Onions at Outback Steakhouse, all while searching for an old school journalism job in the dawn of digital media, I moved to Washington State in June 2002.

I first worked for the North Kitsap Herald on the Kitsap Peninsula, west of Seattle, covering three small communities, the fire and police beat, and two Native American tribes. After nearly four years, I jumped into public education, and am currently an information officer for the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission/Northwest Treaty Tribes, educating the public about tribal treaty rights.

I write and edit stories, shoot and edit photos, produce videos and generate content for our social media channels, in addition to other duties as assigned (i.e., design reports, write grants, provide project support).

Basically, I’m a Jane-of-all-trades communications professional.

Outside of work, I volunteer in my community and find ways to write in my voice. Currently, I’m a member of Olympic Mountain Rescue and am one half of the Port Townsend Maritime Trades Project. In the past, I helped develop the Bremerton Farmers Market and supported the first phases of the Kitsap Community Food Co-op’s retail and marketing departments. I also enjoy writing grants.

When I can escape the computer and my brain, I enjoy running long distances on trail, growing food, wrecking my kitchen to produce a hearty meal, and constantly trying to stay on to top of my bottomless pile of New Yorker magazines. Also, given where I live, I am often asked for hikes in the Pacific Northwest, so those folks often get a way-too-long email with a Google Maps attached with my chicken scratch of where to go.