Do you know how fun it is to bring a fresh watermelon to a group of teenage girls that has been out on a glacier for 8 days? And to see how much each participant has transformed in the time they have been out on the expedition? As the program coordinator, I’ve enjoyed driving the girls down and back from the trailhead, as well as helping out with field logistics, working with girls on their paperwork and travel, and in general doing anything that needs to be done for the program.
I came to Fairbanks, Alaska in 1999 to pursue my master’s degree in Geophysics at the University of Alaska after growing up in Western New York. I worked for the State of Alaska for several years after graduating and then found my way back to the University as a field technician and outreach coordinator for the Alaska Earthquake Center. Traveling to remote villages and flying to mountaintops in helicopters all over the state deepened my love and respect of Alaska. I have since become a research technician for Erin Pettit, founder of Girls on Ice and Inspiring Girls Expeditions. I help with her Antarctica fieldwork logistics among other things.
I am passionate about science education, especially for young women. I also love playing ice hockey, skiing and exploring the world with my family!
Girls on Ice Program Coordinator 2015, 2016, 2017