Hi! That’s me on the top of Long’s Peak – my favorite mountain – not far from my hometown of Loveland, Colorado. When I’m not enjoying the outdoors, I’m an accomplished and versatile urban planning professional, geographer, and educator with over five years of experience in community development, economic development, GIS, website management, and education. Everyday, I work hard to make a difference!
Originally from the Colorado Front Range area, I earned a BBA in Marketing from Texas State University. I returned to Texas State University to earn a Master of Applied Geography in Land Management and a Master of Secondary Education with a Composite Minor and Social Studies Teacher Certification. For my work in community engagement, urban food accessibility, and academic excellence (4 GPA), I was nominated by faculty and received the John Wiley Graduate Award for Excellence in Geography in 2011.
I’ve worked for a variety of public sector employers including the Texas State University Government Partnership Program (GIS Analyst); Texas State University College of Education (Graduate Research Assistant); Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (Nature and Heritage Tourism Intern); and City of Lockhart, TX (Planning Intern, Associate Planner). Following graduation, I taught high school English and Social Studies, worked as a Planner for the City of Anna, TX (DFW area), and currently as a Planner III for the City of Lone Tree, CO (South Denver Metro).
I am passionate about communicating ideas and concepts with maps and data and finding new ways to link decision makers and the public to the world of spatial data. Through my professional work and graduate education, I’ve gained a diverse array of skills and interests including:
- Land use/transportation planning
- Geographic information science (GIS)
- Outreach and civic engagement
- Parks and open space planning
- Spatial analysis and place interpretation
- Environmental resource management
- Public engagement and civic outreach
- Education technology
- Grant writing – $13.5 million awarded