Growing up in Fairbanks, Alaska I have always had a strong connection to the wilderness. It is the thing that makes me whole and is where I feel most at peace. I love challenging myself to go outside my comfort zone when it comes to outdoor activities, and my greatest passion is for expedition trips. In 2013 my now husband and I canoed 700 miles of the Yukon River, and we have plans to kayak or row the Inside Passage, along with an endless list of other trips that I am constantly dreaming up. I have known many of the women involved with Inspiring Girls, and have always found them to be an inspiration for my own adventures. By volunteering with this amazing program I hope to pay it forward and inspire others to experience the beauty of nature and to discover their own inner strength.
I hold a Masters of Science in Library Science, with a background in social cultural anthropology, and a strong interest in human environmental relationships. I have been working in libraries for over 10 years, and previously worked as an Archaeology Technician conducting survey work in interior Alaska and the North Slope. I enjoy teaching students critical thinking skills and best research practices. To Inspiring Girls I hope that my strengths as a researcher, a teacher, an artist, and an avid outdoors woman will inspire others to push themselves in the pursuit of their own dreams.