I was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico but after one year of living in the desert I decided I would rather be raised as a mountain kid in the foothills of Golden, Colorado and learn to ski by age 5. After graduating from Golden HS in 2006, I decided to travel across the country to South Florida where I attended the University of Miami and became a lifelong Cane. I received a B. S. in 2010 with a major in Psychology and minors in Chemistry and Sports Medicine, a degree I promptly put to use that winter by moving to Winter Park, CO to work at a ski resort. For the next 5 years, I snowboarded in the winters, raft guided in the summers (Colorado River, Clear Creek, and Arkansas River), travelled internationally (including a month in Peru), and managed to find time to work in various restaurants/bars in between these fun activities. After taking my raft down the Grand Canyon and Cataract Canyon (where’s Glen Canyon at?) in the summer of 2017, I re-focused on schooling and started a M.S. in Toxicology at Colorado State in the fall. During this time, I worked in the Borch Lab and the Hanneman Lab as a Graduate Research Assistant and received my M.S. in May of 2019.