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!

My Roots

Corry, Pennsylvania

I often sat under this tree in my hometown near Lake Erie.

Berwyn, Illinois

In 2006, I moved to the suburbs of Chicago near Lake Michigan.

Oxnard, California

I moved to the native land of the Chumash people in 2020.

Family

My Mom

2003

Lives in Erie, PA

My Brother

2019

Lives in Erie, PA

Career

Volunteer Tutor

I taught English as a Second Language to adult learners.

Literacy Librarian

I wrote grants and coordinated library literacy programs.

Program Leader

I created drop-in study groups with community volunteers.

Leadership

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.

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Choose Your Own Adventure

Have you ever wondered how life would have been if you had chosen the other option?

Summer 1996

At a two-week ecological seminar, we analyzed water quality and examined the evolution of Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay in Pennsylvania.

Summer 2014

At the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve. For six months, I did a fundraising internship at a land conservation organization in Chicago.

Sept. 2019

At a beach clean-up event in Chicago organized for alumni of Gannon University, "Gannon's Invitation to Volunteer Everywhere."

October 2019

At an environmental event in Chicago exercising our first amendment rights with Susan, our volunteer citizenship group leader from Berwyn.

Going West

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.

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