Hi there! I am a full-time Communication Studies faculty member at Bellevue College. I worked in the non-profit sector and taught at Green River Community College prior to teaching at Bellevue College. I’ve been at BC since 2007 as an adjunct instructor and became a full-time faculty member in 2013. I have the pleasure of teaching a variety of courses at BC: Introduction to Communication, Interpersonal, Intercultural, Small Group and Public Speaking as well as the Communication courses in the Interior Design and Radiology and Imaging Sciences BAS Programs. I love teaching at the community college level because I am able to interact a great deal with my students and learn new things from them in class nearly every day. My research interests include how gender, culture, and the media influence our interpersonal relationships as well as the examination of narrative theory in relation to culture and health communication.
I was born and raised in the Seattle area and currently live in NE Seattle. I earned my B.A. in Speech Communication from the University of Washington and my Master’s in Communication Studies from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. When not teaching, you can find me running on the Burke Gilman trail, standing on the sidelines of my kids’ soccer games, reading a good book (or grading) at my local coffee shop, cheering on the Huskies or Sounders, or hanging out with friends and family. Something interesting about me is that I’ve run thirteen marathons, including Boston, multiple half-marathons, and one ultramarathon (50-miler). Oh, and I am afraid of fish (silly, I know).