Thank you for stopping by. I wear many hats, but the best way I can think of to describe what I do is that it lies somewhere at the intersection of design, environmental sustainability and education, with a healthy dose of adventure thrown in for good measure. I’m looking to tie those three interests together in the context of inspiring projects that stretch my abilities and create changes for the better.
I grew up exploring the lakes and woods just north of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Even though I haven’t lived in Michigan for a few years, I still feel better near large bodies of water and having four distinct seasons. I did my undergrad not too far from home at Hope College in Holland, MI. Between surfing on Lake Michigan, running XC and Track, and living in France, I earned a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.A. in French.
Having whet my appetite for lands beyond the US of A, I spent the following two years teaching. First, I worked at a small school teaching math in the mountains of Ecuador. I then taught English in a high school in western France. In between, I traveled widely in Latin America and Europe, enjoying such experiences as sailing on Lake Titicaca and joining in the birth of a country in Prishtina, Kosova. During this time, I also began formulating a vision for how I might best use my unique set of talents and interests to change the world for the better.
I returned to the US and studied for two years at Yale F&ES, becoming an expert in sustainability and urban ecology. Along the way, I picked up Portuguese and Zulu (adding to French and Spanish), worked as a community forester and planted my first vegetable garden.
I now find myself on my third US coast, trying to become a superhero designer and save the world. I am most interested in tangible creations (i.e. things that can’t be contained by our ubiquitous pixelated screens) that engender a more thoughtful engagement with our world and promote a healthier planet for us all to share.