Although a native of northern Ohio, I was raised in Deep South Texas. I attended Bowling Green State University for my undergraduate and MA programs. My academic focuses include the impact of disease on history, ecological history, and World War II Homefront history. My article “Don’t Play in the Creek”- Groundwater Contamination and Typhoid Fever in Sandusky County, 1854-1960” was published in the Spring /Summer issue of Northwest Ohio Quarterly. I also presented my paper “Erie Proving Ground and the Local Struggle to Win a Global War” to the Ohio Academy of History and I plan to expand my work on Erie Proving Ground into a dissertation and book.
On a personal level, I am also a high school teacher, I have been married to the same man for 25 years, and together we have three children.