I was raised in the foothills of Western North Carolina where as a child I frequently could be found tromping through the woods or wandering within the creek that extended behind our family’s home. I grew up catching lightening bugs in jars, camping, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding with family and friends. My passion for the outdoors and conservation led me to Asheville, NC where I attended Warren Wilson College earning my bachelors in Environmental Science. As a student I had the unique opportunity to travel to southeast Alaska, and there originated my admiration of salmon and salmon fishing. My career has led me into a lot of interesting watersheds where I’ve had the pleasure to work with lots of great people that all strive to make a difference. For 12 years I’ve worked on projects that focus on restoring freshwater fisheries habitat, enhancing water quality and instream flow, addressing stormwater runoff, and managing invasive species. I have also worked closely with ranchers and farmers on projects that can improve grazing practices that minimize erosion and enahnce water quality. With all of my work I strive to find innovative ways to help communities live responsibly on the lands that sustain them.
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -Mahatma Gandhi
traveling and backpacking
playing in both water and snow
walking my dog
sharing good food and drink with friends