I am the first to tell students that one never knows what you're going to be when you "grow up". As a student of biology and later outdoor education, it's somewhat surprising that I have worked as an international education professional for almost 20 years. The time I spend with international and multicultural students and the opportunities I have for personal travel and exploration create in me a desire to know and try to understand the many cultures we have represented at Luther. The educator side of me loves to help, to teach, and to empower students to take risks, to advocate for themselves and to grow here at Luther and beyond. I especially love hearing from our alums about what they're now doing to make our world a better place.
In Jamaica, my entire career was in Education. I was a Social Studies teacher/professor at the secondary and tertiary levels then, a curriculum consultant, and author of textbooks. My sojourn in the US has continued my path in the Education field but this time in Student Affairs. Education found me while I was looking elsewhere for a career. I had no idea that my degrees in International Relations and Public Administration would take me on this exciting journey. Looking back over the life of my career, I am very satisfied with my choices and feel very blessed to have had the opportunities that came my way. Being a first generation student, I am keenly aware of the importance of education and I am passionate about helping students grow into their potential.
I’ve spent about half my career in the non-profit world and half in higher education. With a background in American Studies, a graduate certificate in community development, and a Ph.D. focused on teaching in the Humanities, I have always been attracted to the mission of the liberal arts. I believe that education should teach students to think critically and prepare them for a fulfilling and meaningful life in a free society. I love to nurture students so that they are empowered to share their talents with the world.
Born in Salisbury England, I graduated from The University of Wales, Trinity St David. I enjoy traveling and being active in sports. I've completed my dive master training in Thailand and studied abroad in Norway. I was elected to be the Students’ Union International Student Officer. It was at this point my interests gravitated towards student support. I continue to learn new skills and adopt US culture while still staying close to my roots. I am happiest when doing something where I feel I am making a difference. I came to the US in 2010 and am excited to have the opportunity to work in the Diversity Center.