I was born and raised in Manhattan until my family moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Both cities were exciting and enriching places to be a young person because of the proximity to so many universities, and the many people of different cultures and diverse backgrounds. I earned a BA in History with a focus on Southeast Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I spent a semester studying in Hanoi, Vietnam and exploring Southeast Asia. After graduating I immediately returned to Hanoi and worked at the Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (CRES), where I was first inspired by the connections between environmental and public health. Through CRES, I completed research on the community health of the Dzao ethnic minority and their use of medicinal plants.
I returned to the U.S. and bounced around ski towns in the Northwest for a few years, then moved to Hawai’i where I started my nursing education, and worked in different sectors of community health. I then returned to Boston where I completed my RN at Northeastern University. Although I loved the urban-based education I received there, I returned to the Northwest and have spent the past 5 years working on an adult and pediatric medical-surgical unit, and teaching nursing at Bellingham Technical College.
In the CHN program, I hope to gain the tools to effect health and wellness on a broader scale that addresses the needs of people of all economic and cultural backgrounds equally. I then hope to use those tools in work with communities here in Washington state, and also globally.