I am a lifelong Jesus follower.
After I graduated from the University of Oregon in 2002 with a degree in Political Science, I went straight to work for People for the the Ethical Treatment of Animals in Norfolk, Virginia.
Working at PETA was amazing. I even loved the really hard bits. I developed the curriculum and blueprint for planning and executing regional activist conferences and the empathy training PETA provided for Michael Vick when he was arrested for dogfighting; I managed campaign coordinators working on grassroots education and targeted corporate campaigns and provided them with basic media training; assisted in the development and launch of multiple grassroots campaigns, including the controversial “Animal Liberation Project;” served on the steering committee of the first “Taking Action for Animals” national conference; and managed a bunch of different random departments.
In addition to my work with PETA, I worked at and volunteered for an after-school children’s program for an underserved community in Norfolk, served in multiple capacities at First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk, and learned how to manage my time wisely.
Eventually, God yelled at me loudly enough and at just the right time when I happened to not be distracted): “Go to seminary!” So, to combine my faith with my passion for advocacy on behalf of the oppressed and marginalized, I enrolled in Palmer Seminary and obtained an MTS with a concentration in Christian Faith and Public Policy.
Now I’m working at Eastern University as the deputy director of the Sider Center and helping to head up a project called CreatureKind, which engages the church on animal protection issues, with a focus on farmed animal welfare.
I live in Philadelphia with my family and a small menagerie of companion animals.
My husband and I are covenant members of Circle of Hope.
Spay and neuter your pets.