My personal and academic experience in international and domestic travel has solidified my belief in the importance of connecting with different people and places in a global setting. I have led groups of students and organized service/volunteer based trips to countries such as Honduras, Peru, and Indonesia. In my lifetime, I have explored over 63 different countries. I currently serve on the outreach committee for Long Way Home, a non-profit organization in Guatemala that uses sustainable design and materials to construct self-sufficient schools that promote education, employment, and environmental stewardship.
Originally from the tiny town of Defiance, Missouri; I earned my undergraduate degree from Missouri State University, studying organizational communication and computer information systems while completing honors distinction in my major by studying intercultural communication apprehension. At Ball State University, I earned a M.A. in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education and my thesis research assessed the cultural impact of study abroad. Most recently, I completed a Master of Advanced Studies in international affairs at UCSD’s GPS where I focused on non-profit development. I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Education with a focus on organizational learning, performance, and change through Colorado State University. Thank you for reading!