A native of the Pacific Northwest, I was raised in a family that instilled a love of the outdoors and travel, respect for the rich diversity of people and ideas, and a keen sense of responsibility to give back to my community. In 2009, I fulfilled a lifelong dream to live in a small town in Eastern Oregon, never imagining the connection I would instantly feel to my new home. While learning about the joys and challenges of rural living, I discovered a passion for working in collaboration to achieve goals in community and economic development. I have a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Sociology from Whitman College. For over 20 years, my career has focused on nonprofit management, administration, strategic planning, grant writing and fundraising, community affairs, community and economic development, tourism development and marketing, and most recently, public service as a County Commissioner. I have also been involved in the Ford Institute Leadership Program in Wheeler County, as a participant and a Community Ambassador. I will be leading RDI's First Impressions program and working with other REV programs to support positive and effective change throughout rural communities.