I began attending OUUC almost three years ago after moving to Olympia from Lawrence, Kansas. I become a member in April 2019. During my connection with OUUC, I have enjoyed participating in several adult education classes, singing with the choir, and working as a member of the Stewardship Committee. Most recently, I assisted with Cottage Meetings, am participating with the study group on the UUA Commission on Institutional Change’s Widening the Circle of Concern report, and am looking forward to being part of the newly-forming Full Moon Meditation Sangha.

Currently, I work with the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at the Washington State Department of Health. I am a social worker, and support families across the state to mitigate the impact of toxic lead exposure. I’ve also become involved with leadership training and workforce development at DOH. Like many people, I’ve worked in a variety of areas. For the first 15 years of my professional life, I practiced law in several different public and private settings. About 15 years ago, I shifted gears and got my social work degree – through which I’ve worked with teens and young adults, in arts-based settings, with juvenile offenders, and in hospice – and now in public health.

I grew up a farmer’s daughter in a small rural community in NW Kansas, attending our local Methodist Church. I consider myself a curious lifelong learner and seeker. I love to read, sing and listen to music, make art and take photos, be outdoors exploring the natural beauty of Washington State, practice yoga and meditation, write in my journal, eat good food, and spend time with family and friends.