I'm an Associate Professor at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa! I consider myself a socially engaged artist artist and educator that encourages communities to learn together, share experiences, skills, traditions, and stories in the name of art! Collaboration and idea sharing are at the heart of my teaching philosophy and art making process. I record everyday personal histories to share in effort to keep traditions alive, and help foster a community that willingly engages with itself and others. I am a native West Virginian with a strong heart for Appalachia. One of my first and most formative adventures was a five-month thru-hike of the entire Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. This experience led me to want to create socially engaged works, and instilled a yearning for authentic community and shared experience.