I love meeting our students who come from all over the state, country and world. It's incredible hearing their stories and to see the greatness and potential that exists in each of them.
Husband to the best human ever and father of two little humans (and three fur children)! A connector and student advocate who firmly believes in the power of putting people first. Lover of pepperoni rolls with an eclectic taste in music!
What is something you love about your job?
I love meeting our students who come from all over the state, country and world. It's incredible hearing their stories, to see them shape their interests into careers, and to see the greatness and potential that exists in each of them – sometimes before they even realize it's there. I feel lucky to work with students who, at their core, want to make the world a better place.
What is a career achievement of which you’re most proud?
Being nominated for and awarded the 2020 Student Services Excellence Award by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) stands out as an achievement I'm most proud of. ASPPH is an organization I have drawn a lot of knowledge and inspiration from over the last seven years - being recognized by such a great organization comprised of so many talented, and deserving, Student Affairs professionals is something I'll always remember.
What’s your favorite…
- Book: The Rose That Grew From Concrete - Tupac Shakur
- TV Series and/or Movie: Ted Lasso/Game of Thrones
- Music Artist: Tyler Childers or Sturgill Simpson
- Place You’ve Visited: Paris, France! Incredible architecture and landmarks, lots of energy and enthusiasm and the best baked goods on the planet (Pain au Chocolat *chef's kiss*).
- Local Restaurant: Bombay Indian Grill
What does it mean to you to be first-generation?
Being the first to do something in your family can be tough. Those individuals are often incredibly resourceful and resilient. I'm really proud to be first-generation, it's something I lead with in a lot of conversations with our current students.
What would you tell your younger self and/or current/future first-generation students?
You belong and you're good enough! Slow down and enjoy the undergraduate years. Be more open to those things that might challenge your way of thinking. There's so much learning that comes from engaging with others who have experienced things through a different lens – you should be soaking that up!