I am originally from Michigan, where I went to school at Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI) to earn both a bachelors and a masters degree in Communication Studies. My teaching and educational experiences at WMU, coupled with excellent mentoring, inspired me to pursue a doctorate here at Ohio University.
Guided by interpretive sensibilities, my scholarly agenda focuses primarily on health, organizational, and interpersonal communication. My research has encompassed a range of issues including gender concerns in multiplayer gaming, public-private dilemmas associated with breastfeeding, and alternative ways of organizing to address food insecurity. These various research projects have informed my overarching concern with the relationship between the individual and the community, and the health implications therein.
Along with my scholarly interests, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Jon, daughters, McKenna and Kayla, and our two dogs, Porter and Hobie. I like the outdoors, running, soccer, reading, and hanging out with my family at our cabin in Michigan.