One of the biggest reasons I want to become a parent is because of how much I loved my childhood. I grew up in Frankfort, Kentucky in a very loving family of four (my parents, me and my younger sister), with strong connections to a large extended family and network of family friends. Growing up, we took road trips to visit family in the summer and had regular family hikes. I trace my love of travel to those summer trips and my love of the natural world to those early explorations as a child. I can’t wait to give a child the gift of a loving, supportive home and a safe launchpad for exploring his or her interests.
From an early age I loved learning, and I am so thankful for my college and graduate school experiences studying biology and environmental science. I’ve worked in environmental science with the federal government for the past 15 years, and I am still energized by the mission of protecting forest health. I look forward to helping a child discover and nurture their own interests and talents, whatever they may be.
I am also incredibly thankful for the network of friends I’ve made from childhood to present day. I can’t wait to introduce a child to this amazing group of people.