I was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I earned my B.A. with a Biology major at Hanover College in 2002 and earned my M.A. in English Literature at Indiana University (IUPUI campus) in 2004. I edited the science journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in Maryland for two years before going to the University of Alabama’s Renaissance Literature Ph.D. program in 2006. I finished my doctoral coursework in December of 2009, and moved to Harrisonburg in March of 2010.
I love the Shenandoah Valley. My husband, Adam, and I were married in March 2010 at CrossKeys Vineyards. Both of my children, Latham (5) and Gwendolyn (2), were born here in Harrisonburg. I am involved in several community groups and my church, Muhlenberg Lutheran. Over my seven years in the Valley, I’ve cultivated friendships and professional relationships, and I’m so grateful to call this beautiful community home!
Most of my professional career has been spent educating college students in English literature and writing. I've been lucky to adjunct at JMU for the past five years, but I've also taught at Blue Ridge Community College, the University of Alabama, and IUPUI. I've also worked with younger students too--most recently when I was the Education Coordinator at the EJC Arboretum at JMU. I believe that the delegate who represents Virginia’s 26th district needs to concentrate on several areas, but I'm very passionate about education, the environment, and mental health and healthcare.
Having battled postpartum depression, I am especially invested in helping address mental health care as well as how to best support new mothers. My son and daughter are the most glorious creatures in the world, and I'm lucky to have had a supportive husband, wonderful friends and family, and resources available in our community as I work to help them grow. I want to be sure that we can help every child, every woman, and every family in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.