I’m a seventh-generation Arizonan who recently moved back to Tucson. I learned about SIA shortly after moving back and quickly embraced the organization as a great place to both volunteer and support financially. I earned a PhD at the University of Virginia in Environmental Sciences (how microbes naturally clean polluted environments). I spent my career in Virginia, first running an environmental lab working to help clean polluted sites — from spills and groundwater contamination to Superfund sites. I finally ended up managing global clinical trials in oncology.
Now I serve on the board of Friends of Agua Caliente Park, and I volunteer at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum as a docent with Raptor Free Flight, and on a native bee project called the Tucson Bee Collaborative. I love hiking in this beautiful region and appreciate how essential conservation of ecosystems is to our success as humans. I’m honored to serve on the board of this group that is dedicated to studying and preserving this important binational region that I’ve loved my whole life.