I believe in the power of words. Of a story well told.
I bring my communications expertise to bear on the things I love.
These days, that's health, higher education, disability awareness
and my personal favorite - wine.
I'm a former journalist and an award-winning health communications professional with expertise in pr, marketing, branding, writing/editing, social media and strategic communication. I'm currently the director of communications and marketing for Oregon State University's College of Public Health and Human Sciences.
My experience ranges from newspapers, to associations, to medical schools, to hospitals and health systems, and to higher education.
I'm adaptable, able to communicate complex concepts and can translate healthcare and higher ed jargon. I bring flexibility, creativity and enthusiasm to every job and enjoy mentoring students to help them grow professionally.
In my spare time, I love exploring Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, especially wine country. I also like hiking and camping with my wildlife biologist husband and son and daughter.
My son, who has epilepsy, is on the autism spectrum and confounds his physicians, not only physiologically and biologically, but also with his happy spirit and big heart.
Being on the other side of the healthcare experience, from diagnosis to navigating the healthcare system and living with a chronic condition, has been the most challenging experience of my life. Through it, our family has developed superpowers of love, acceptance, optimism, gratitude and taking one day at a time.
Personally and professionally, I put heart and passion into everything I do, work hard and keep learning. Simply put, I'm a maker, and creating makes me happy.