I was born in Florida.  My father was a career Navy man and as a result I spent the first 15 years of my life moving from duty station to duty station.  I have lived in Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina, Wisconsin, California, and Louisiana. I currently live in Southern Illinois.

I graduated from Vicksburg High School in Vicksburg, MS and then immediately enrolled in the Croft Institute for International Studies at the University of Mississippi.  As an undergraduate I obtained fluency in Spanish and completed two study abroad programs (one summer program and one semester program). I graduated with a B.A. in International Studies in May of 2002.  I lived abroad for a year after completing my undergraduate studies.

After returning from abroad, I taught Spanish at a Louisiana high school for two years. During that time I was the head coach of the boys varsity bowling team and for the last year I was also the assistant athletic director.  In the Spring of 2005 the boys varsity bowling team won the State Championship.

In June of 2005 I moved to the St. Louis Metro Area.  Prior to joining the company I have been with since June of 2008, I spent a year and a half as an Account Representative with a 3rd party logistics company and a year as an order management specialist with large software and data company.  Today, I am a Program Manager responsible for managing the supply chain on a large U.S. Government contract.