It's Nice to Meet You!
As a part of my volunteering, I often get the honor to meet new people, which prompts me to give an introduction.
It usually includes a summary of where I live, what I'm working on, and what inspires me to volunteer.
Since I'm a web designer, I like to use visuals and technology. As a result, I am comfortable sharing my thoughts and experiences online.
Instead of telling you my story, I would rather show it to you. I hope you like stories as much as I do!
I often sat under this tree in my hometown near Lake Erie.
In 2006, I moved to the suburbs of Chicago near Lake Michigan.
I moved to the native land of the Chumash people in 2020.
Lives in Erie, PA
Lives in Erie, PA
I taught English as a Second Language to adult learners.
I wrote grants and coordinated library literacy programs.
I created drop-in study groups with community volunteers.
For ten years, I served on the board of directors at a grassroots adult literacy organization.
Pursuit of Happiness
After 12 years of nonprofit work and volunteering, I needed some rest. Most of 2018 was spent in Pennsylvania.
In that time, I got reacquainted with massive amounts of lake-effect snow, attended outdoor music events, went camping, watched a lot of sunsets, and spent time with family and friends.
Choose Your Own Adventure
Have you ever wondered how life would have been if you had chosen the other option?
At a two-week ecological seminar, we analyzed water quality and examined the evolution of Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay in Pennsylvania.
At the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve. For six months, I did a fundraising internship at a land conservation organization in Chicago.
At a beach clean-up event in Chicago organized for alumni of Gannon University, "Gannon's Invitation to Volunteer Everywhere."
At an environmental event in Chicago exercising our first amendment rights with Susan, our volunteer citizenship group leader from Berwyn.
In 2019, I started thinking about what to do next.
I spent the whole year traveling and thinking. I gave away most of my stuff and I gave up eating animal products. It took four exploratory trips to California before I would decide to move here in 2020.
It's the first time I moved anywhere by myself and I feel proud that I did it my own way.
Today, I'm happily self-employed, along with some meaningful volunteer work. Like everyone else, I'm looking forward to exciting new adventures in my post-pandemic life.