My writing and advocacy focuses on two largely misunderstood areas: the life of military families and survivors of murder-suicide loss.
Since starting this work, the most amazing thing has happened. I’ve had several survivors reach out to me to thank me for speaking out publicly. Each time I’ve felt like giving up, it seems another person found me, giving me the strength to keep going.
In addition to my pieces published with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and the University of Louisville, I am the co-founder of a murder-suicide loss support group. I hold my Master’s Degree in Public Communication from American University in Washington, D.C., am a certified Peer Mentor with TAPS, and have participated in numerous grief and suicide workshops with TAPS and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. I’ve also connected with leading researchers in the field of suicidology and community violence.
Background and experience
As a professional writer and communicator, I advised and wrote for senior executives at leading Fortune 500 companies and Military Flag/General Officers, including Fannie Mae and General Dynamics.
I began my career at the former U.S. Joint Forces Command with General Dynamics. There, I supported the head of the Joint Warfighting Center in his communications to international and distinguished visitors, including military leaders from Pakistan, Japan, Sweden, Malaysia, Germany, and the heads of the U.S. Combatant Commands.
I also led change management and thought leadership efforts for Fannie Mae’s Senior Vice President and head of Single-Family Digital Products to establish a new organization. This included demonstrating the company’s commitment to digitizing the mortgage process.
I am a world traveler from birth, thanks to my military upbringing. Though, for a military child, the concept of home can be ever-changing, Kentucky was a constant for me. It’s where my Dad grew up and I spent most childhood summers in the state. I now reside in Louisville with my husband and daughter after relocating from Arlington, Virginia in 2017.