About Me

Like most people my age, I am 28.


I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago in the 90s, so feel free to apply all the memes and stereotypes you can think of.  Snap bracelets?  I rocked ’em.  Squeaky internet noise?  I weirdly miss it.  Neopets? Username “Integritygurl.”  I also had about four windbreakers over the course of my childhood and my hero was Kim Possible.

After mastering Jump Start 1st-8th Grade, I muddled my way through high school taking every English Language and Literature class I could fit into my schedule, joining as few clubs as my college applications would allow, getting dumped by my first love and dumping a handful of others, and generally striving for Mediocre At Best.  The concept of failure was terrifying, and success is much easier when your standards are low.

Favorite Food:

Pepperoni Pizza

Favorite Book Series:

Harry Potter

Favorite Album/Song:

Josh Groban’s Awake/ “Machine”

Favorite Movie:

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

Favorite Television Series:

Avatar: The Last Airbender


I attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids.  If you’re wondering right now, “Where have I heard of that?” I can make that easier for you: Betsy DeVos also went there.  A bad omen, I know, and the connection is lamentable for many reasons, but I was nevertheless happy with my undergraduate experience.  I graduated in 2013 after five years and earned a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education, English, and History.  I think of my college years as what my high school years could have been if I had been more self-aware and less hormone-y.  My focus was still on English language and literature classes (obviously) but I also immersed myself in the Liberal Arts education Calvin College afforded me, and I learned life lessons I still find invaluable.

Favorite Food:

Chicken Tikka Masala

Favorite Book Series:

Hunger Games

Favorite Album/Song:

Ingrid Michaelson’s Everybody/ “The Chain”

Favorite Movie:

Star Trek 2009

Favorite Television Series:

Arrested Development


Immediately after graduation, I moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to seek my fortune as a teacher.  I lost my momentum in the re-certification process and found myself working as a tutor and after-school instructor at the Shadyside Boys and Girls Club.  Thank God for that place.  The staff, the schedule, and the children all showed me that whatever I was looking for in teaching was not what I really wanted for a career.  After two years there, I decided to go back to school.

Favorite Food:

Chicago-Style Hot Dogs

Favorite Book Series:

Harry Potter

Favorite Album/Song:

Guster’s Keep it Together/ “Careful”

Favorite Movie:

Star Trek 2009

Favorite Television Series:

Arrested Development


I attended University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work and graduated in 2017 with an MSW and a specialization in children and youth.  Through my school and my experiences with youth in the Pittsburgh area, I developed a passion for serving people with histories of childhood trauma.  I also became more politically informed and active, just in time to be broadsided by the 2016 election.

During this time, I continued to work at the Boys and Girls Club, I had an internship at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh, and I became a subcontracted Adoption and Permanency Specialist at JFCS Pittsburgh.  That last agency eventually hired me on full-time after I graduated, I worked there for almost exactly 2 years before I had to resign in order to move with my husband to Dallas Texas.

Favorite Food:

Macaroni and Cheese

Favorite Book Series:

Imperial Radch

Favorite Album/Song:

Kesha’s Rainbow/ “Praying”

Favorite Movie:

Talulah

Favorite Television Series:

Parks and Recreation


That brings us to today, basically.  I know there is so much more to me than what I’ve summarized here, but that is the point of summaries after all.  All of this self-disclosure feels very silly, but also strangely necessary.  In a few months, I’ll be looking for a new job and new friends in a new city.  Since I’m going to have an internet presence regardless of whether I curate it, I should probably at least attempt to exert control over what others find out about me, and how.

circa 1998
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