My innate curiosity opened my eyes and ears to a life of endless possibilities.
I’m a child with roots in the midwest and a heart called to serve the world.
An academic who left the hustle once her daughter started to say “put the phone down mommy”.
A mother who decided to bring the ivory tower expertise to the streets so moms everywhere can thrive.
My happy place is listening to my daughter play, with a black coffee in my hand, and my bare toes in the grass.
My story is proof that asking critical questions, saying yes to the unknown, and not being intimidated by what feels uncomfortable will lead you to discover your greatest purpose.
I became an entrepreneur when I realized a life spent hustling from 5am to 10pm no longer served me. I was a single mom, working fulltime while growing a side hustle between daycare drop offs and nighttime routines. I knew there had to be an easier way. So I decided the best way to show myself, and my daughter, that all my experience was valuable was invest in myself. Pump the Bump, Sweaty Mommy Survival, and EDG Streamline all feed my soul and offer a unique connection with the families and family-friendly brands I serve.
After receiving both my bachelor’s and master’s degree in Human Development and Family Science from The Ohio State University, I stayed at Ohio State to develop a state-wide curriculum to address adolescent behaviors, manage evidence-based research, and train thousands of stakeholders.
I transferred to Johns Hopkins University to serve as Chief of Staff of the School of Education (SOE). I oversaw the redevelopment of a under-served Baltimore neighborhood, the Middle East, including building the first early childhood center attached to a K-8 school and community amenities. I not only managed construction but ultimately served as interim director of the early childhood center. I also aided in reorganization of SOE administration and served as interim director of admissions.
As a teenager I wanted to be in the Peace Corps but I let people talk me out of it. To make up for one of my greatest regrets, I started to teaching undergraduate courses and taking students abroad. I started the first university-wide International Service-Learning initiative at Ohio State. I also took students to Honduras, Nicaragua, Kenya, Ireland and Mexico along with working with the Office of International Affairs to organize short-term and long-term service programs for the university.
Immersion in communities I live in and visit routinely has given me so much appreciation for people’s stories. From fundraising and traveling to an Honduran HIV/AIDS orphanage for 5+ years, to managing multiple community gardens, to organizing multiple 5k races, I’ve seen how the human spirit comes alone in all kinds of environments.