LIFE IS A WORK ALWAYS IN PROGRESS
Born in California and raised in Pennsylvania, I studied at Mason Gross School of the Arts, part of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. In 2009, I earned a BFA in Visual Arts, concentrating in both graphic design & printmaking, and was also the recipient of one of two Visual Arts Awards for outstanding achievement in visual arts.
After graduating, I began working for Rutgers University Student Life as the Project Manager for the Marketing and Communications office I had served in as a graphic design intern during my years pursuing my undergraduate degree. While holding this position, I began to do more work with photography and video, quickly helping my department find new ways to incorporate these elements into our marketing and communications strategies. It was at this time that I also became interested in social media, and started my quest to push my department towards using the outlet more.
My work in helping our department and its sub-areas make the transition into utilizing social media in communicating with our stakeholders, as well as helping develop policies for social media usage for the university, lead to my appointment as the Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications for Student Life. In this position, I was able to grow our student staff through the creation of an in depth internship program, working with multiple professional schools at Rutgers to recruit talented students and increase our workforce from 10 students to 30 in just a few years.
In fall of 2013, I returned to the classroom in pursuit of my Master’s in Communication and Information Sciences. This experience has been incredibly rewarding and has helped me put more theory behind the work that I do. Over the last few years spent completing this degree, I have found many great ways to incorporate the knowledge gained and research from this program into my creative practice and direction.