I am an arts, culture, & heritage professional, educator, and researcher. I believe that by breaking down barriers to collaboration, people can learn from each other to create positive change that supports all communities and individuals. I create, develop, and support innovative methods that use the arts to deepen collective cultural understanding for communities and culture bearers. A Connecticut native, I have B.S. ED in History with a minor in Psychology from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) and an M.A. in American Studies from Penn State. I am also certified to teach Secondary Education Social Studies, grades 7-12, in the state of Connecticut. I split my time working full-time in the nonprofit arts field as Manager of Granting Programs for the Greater Hartford Arts Council as well as acting as a lecturer and independent scholar.
Most recently, I was a fellow at the 2014 National Association of Latino Arts & Culture (NALAC) Leadership Institute as well as a participant and workshop facilitator at the MuseumCamp 2015 hosted by the Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz, CA. I frequently present at regional and national conferences focusing on the arts and the field of American Studies. I am a past recipient of Penn State’s prestigious Bunton-Waller Graduate Scholar Award and the Joel Sater Award for Creative Achievement in American Studies.