The more I think it over, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.-Vincent van Gogh
My greatest passion is cultivating quality arts education, engaging both students and teachers through creative projects, and performance. A passionate participator and leader. Team engager.
A few years ago, after I left my job teaching music in public schools, I set a goal to serve my art (music) and to serve the people around me. Connecting people through music and art making moves me. For years, my stories were told in front of my music classroom. I formed incredible relationships and very fond memories from all my years of teaching, in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Tennessee. Celebrating the obstacles in all the situations make for some epic tales, including a very eventful band trip to New York.
I'm currently the executive director of Unscripted, a nonprofit organization I founded with my friends at Third Coast Comedy Club which uses improv to enhance the wellness of our community. I also serve as a music educator and educational/outreach program consultant for nonprofit arts organizations. I hold a degree in music education from my native state's school, the University of Kansas, and a master's of education in nonprofit leadership from Belmont University. My love for good nonprofit work began during my work as program manager at W.O. Smith Music School.
I cook, garden, craft, and make a home with my bass-slingin husband, toddler son, and weirdo dog in East Nashville. I am forever a student of improv, a deeply rich practice of which we are ardently familiar and acutely oblivious at the same time. I like it when music and art gets a little freaky, and enjoy participating in my wildly talented friends' creative projects.