Undergraduate coursework, Harvard University, 1991.
B.A., English Liberal Arts, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2001.
M.A., English Language and Literature, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2003.
Coursework in Project Management, Bellingham Technical College, 2008-2009.
Graduate coursework in English, Western Washington University, 2010.
Coursework complete for PhD in English Literary Studies, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2010.
Coursework in Business Administration, Whatcom Community College, 2011.
Certified General Appraiser Education, Appraisal Institute, 2017 (in progress).
I began my professional training in the Oil and Gas industry on the Gulf Coast in South Louisiana at the age of eight during the early 1980s oil boom. I worked for and learned the business from my family, becoming facile with world-class customer service, administrative and management fundamentals, public records research, and working as an independent abstractor, seismic permit agent, and petroleum landman. In my early 20s, I was the office manager of a flagship store for Borders Books and Music in Los Angeles, California, and moved within the Borders Group company to open a new location in Lewisville, Texas in 1997.
After returning to school to complete my undergraduate education, I worked in non-traditional student enrollment (University College) and Graduate Admissions at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Once I completed my M. A. I taught English as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, University of Phoenix, Lafayette, Louisiana Campus, and Bellingham Technical College.
Since my relocation to Bellingham, I have worked in student services in higher education administration at Bellingham Technical College and Western Washington University, in the areas of grants administration, social services case management, and financial advising. I have also been employed as an editor for an educational publisher, an assistant cycling instructor for Everybody Bike, and an administrator for Bellingham Sings, a choral and vocal arts community, in recent years. I currently work in the field of real estate appraisal administration and am an appraiser trainee. I continue to expand my skillsets through this business and my own creative projects that include record production.
In the five years since I began performing I have had the privilege of singing and recording with a number of outstanding musicians. The website for my personal musical endeavors is here and I’ve released my first album as a producer in 2017 as well, a life-work retrospective of my grandfather and adoptive/surrogate father’s music, “Heart of Steel”. Look for a jazz EP of recordings with John Stowell and Phillip Greenlief as well as an EP of blues, R&B, and jazz including a guest appearance by Bobby Black to be released later this year under my own label, Whitewing Music.
I have created Whitewing Services, Consulting and Entertainment Production to make better use of my diverse skillsets, to serve a broader and more diverse population, and to foster my connections with other people doing good work in the world. I am committed to top-notch customer service and to empowering the members of my community to live their dreams. I approach my work with deep passions for people and sustainability on all strata of existence.
I have made my home in beautiful Bellingham for the past eleven years, finding it a supportive and nurturing community in which to rear my two children, ages fourteen and twelve. I love adventuring and exploring, and generally take every opportunity to explore the richness of cultural and natural resources that are the hallmarks of the Pacific Northwest.