My first mission trip to Nicaragua last summer was an event that changed me. I thought I would join the group heading down to Chinandega to help out with my language skills in Spanish, but the people there helped me to open my eyes and my heart. Through unplugging from technology and joining with other believers to lay the ground work for a school in a town without access to public education, I felt God's presence in a palpable way. I began seeing with a filter of love and renewed compassion, a gift that I was not expecting. This experience ignited a passion in me to always be on the lookout to serve. I realized that I don't need a mission trip to be God's hands and feet.

My Life

Favorite Quote

My favorite quote is "If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart." ~Nelson Mandela

Another favorite is "Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth." ~Muhammed Ali

Friends describe me

Organized and upbeat.

My hobbies

Traveling, salsa dancing, reading, exercising and trips to the beach.

Fantasy dinner guests


Best advice I ever received

Don't wish away your life - Someone told me this when I said, "I just can't wait to be done with school and..." It reminds me to be present in the moment whether it is a peak or a valley.

My undergrad alma mater


My worst subject in school


In college I drove

Toyota Corolla.

If I weren't a professor, I would

Something related to the Psychology field.

Favorite books

The Bible, The Alchemist and The Purpose-Driven Life.

Favorite movies

Gladiator, Avatar and anything with suspense.

Favorite city

Right now it's Buenos Aires.

Favorite coffee

Port City Java.

Nobody knows I

Most people do not know I was in a few commercials while living in Ecuador.

My latest accomplishment

Completing a successful study abroad program in Buenos Aires, Argentina with a group of 23 students.