I am pursuing a master’s degree in Adventure Education with a concentration in the psychosocial components of civilian spaceflight training. My research is currently focused on the awareness and inclusion of mental health within in the civilian space industry. I believe that through the development of a baseline approach to mental health within the astronaut selection process we can minimize long term mental health challenges and increase participant enjoyment. I also believe that through training, participants can gain a deeper appreciation for our planet, feel inspired to preserve and restore its resources, and learn to take care of those around us.
For the last six years I worked with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as a project manager, digital strategist, and senior designer at a federal contractor. During that time I helped build the digital presence for the Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL) and the Chief Knowledge Office (CKO) through the conceptualization and management of website development projects, outreach campaigns, and multimedia assets. In Fall of 2016, our team was awarded the NASA Honor “Group Achievement” Award for our contributions to NASA’s core mission.
I have always been an adventurer at heart and continue to push myself to every possible limit. I earned my skydiving license, recently backpacked the Grand Canyon, and am currently preparing an Everest Base Camp trek for the fall of 2018. With my new focus on spaceflight and extreme environments training, I will be participating in several aspects of spaceflight training in the spring of 2018 as well. More to come!
Key themes in my life right now: Exploration, love, empathy, education, adventure, spaceflight, sustainability, restoration, reflection, encouragement, and nature.