Background & Family

I was born in New Bedford, Mass., on Halloween morning 1982. When I was 5 years old my parents moved my brother and I to Boca Raton, Fla., where we lived until I was 15 years old. Then we moved to Bradenton, Fla., where I enjoyed my last two years of high school at Southeast High and met my husband in pre-calculus class.

Both Judd and I attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., and earned bachelor's and master's degrees (Judd in environmental engineering and myself in journalism/mass communication). We lived in Columbus, Ohio, for 4 years, where I earned my Ph.D. in communication.

I'm glad that Ohio prepped us for the long, windy, and bitter-cold Wyoming winters. Laramie, Wyo., is our current home. I'm an Associate Professor and as the Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Wyoming's Department of Communication and Journalism. Summers in Wyoming are always amazing--visiting local mountain ranges, rock climbing, playing in the city parks, and touring nearby Ft. Collins, Denver, and Cheyenne.

But our three daughters, 8-year-old Claire, 4-year-old Rosalie, and 2-year-old Alice make the four seasons more fun. They are the center of our world. So, I have a lot to be thankful for.

Hobbies

I love to cook and bake with the girls. Our favorite things to bake are banana chocolate chip muffins (every Sunday morning), cupcakes, cookies, and gingerbread cookies. Our house usually has a yummy aroma.

My favorite hobby of all is to hike with my family. We love the Snowy Range Mountains and Vedauwoo. We also enjoy traveling around the beautiful Western region. We've visited Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado several times, Grand Teton National Park in Jackson, Wyo., Yellowstone National Park, Mount Rushmore in S.D., and Arches National Park in Utah. I can't wait until our next exploration!