As a Phoenix, Arizona native who has always dreamed of sliving outside of Arizona to experience what else this big world has to offer, I have always had a passion for design and travel. I fused the two to make my dream a reality.
After graduating from high school in Phoenix, I relocated to San Diego, California and settled in Los Angeles, where I attend the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and earned an Associate of Arts degree in Visual Communication. Next, I left California to pursue my lifelong dream of moving to the beautiful Island of Oahu to attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu, where I began working towards my Bachelor’s Degree in Ethnic Studies. While at Manoa, I studied abroad in London, England, exploring multicultural relations and having the time of my life!
After my time in England, I returned home to Phoenix and began working at CEA to help others achieve their study abroad goals while also continuing to pursue my degree at U Hawaii Manoa.
My passion for travel and education started from a young age. When I was thirteen years old, I went on a mission trip to Agua Prieta, Mexico to teach English at an orphanage/school. That summer before high school sparked my interest in volunteer work, which I ended up continuing throughout high school with organizations such as the International Rescue Committee, Andre House, and others around my community in Phoenix, Arizona.
Once I reached college, I studied abroad in Kolkata, India, where I volunteered at one of Mother Theresa’s orphanage/schools while taking courses on Indian Language and Culture. When I returned to Scottsdale Community College, I was ready to apply to the College of Education at Northern Arizona University, where I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education, specializing in English.
After graduation, I had the opportunity to teach abroad at a high school and college in Himeji, Japan, where I also obtained a Master’s Degree in Human Relations. I was able to travel to Nepal and throughout Japan. Even though I was terrified to travel and work in a foreign country, I fell in love with Japanese culture and food and met the most amazing, friendly people. Upon returning from Japan, I completed a second Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.
Studying and being abroad is something that has been so influential for me. There is so much beauty in other cultures and countries, so I love helping others to reach their goals of going abroad! When I’m not helping students, I am usually with family, hiking, biking, exploring locally, or really just doing anything that gets me outside!
The world is an amazing and wonderful place. Traveling exposes you to new cultures, customs, and opportunities. Family vacations as a child to Cancun, the Bahamas, Bermuda, and various U.S. locations set the stage for my zest to take in different environments, explore, and evolve my perspective on who I am and where my life could go.
After growing up in Connecticut, I traveled to both Ohio and Arizona. I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Human Development & Family Studies from Bowling Green State University (Ohio) and a Master’s of Social Work Degree from Arizona State University.
Not only do I feel a strong connection to different places, but also I share this same passion for people. I am inspired by learning about others, and I love to use this inspiration to create positive and transformative experiences for them. I have spent my professional life working in youth sports, child welfare, and higher education. For CEA, my goal is to engage with students in order to ensure the facilitation of a meaningful and high-quality study abroad experience.