I graduated from DePaul University with a BA in Communications and a minor in Social Behavior. I studied for six months at the University of Reading, England, and did a four-week backpacking trip in the Wind River Wilderness through NOLS, the National Outdoor Leadership School. I am a Certified Dementia Practitioner, a certified Alzheimer’s support group facilitator, and completed the 36-Hour Activity Director’s Course on a full scholarship. I trained for years at ComedySportz, and find that improv comedy skills help out in a lot of everyday life situations.
I am a staff writer at Natural Awakenings Magazine and have done freelance writing for newspapers, magazines, blog posts, and local businesses for over ten years. I am a member of the Chicagoland Writer’s Association, and have an essay published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias.
I’ve worked with Alzheimer’s residents in long term care for three years, and served on the board for the Chicagoland Activities Professionals Association (CAPA) as Newsletter Editor for two years. I am an active volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association and have written and spoken extensively about the disease. For more about my advocacy efforts, see my Alzheimer's page.
I currently live in Evanston, Illinois, and am very active in my community. I am involved in the Evanston Rotary Club, Midwest Palliative & Hospice Care, North Shore Village, and Life Matters Media.
I am passionate about biking, yoga, community, nature, music, craft beer, the arts, writing, sustainability, cute shoes, shopping at thrift stores, honesty, laughing, and my godson Jahmar.